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Friday, February 22, 2013

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis

Reviewed By: S.
This book is about an African-American family who live in Flint, Michigan who go to their grandmother's house in Birmingham, Alabama in 1963. Byron,(the narrator Kenny's older brother), kisses his reflection on the car's mirror in the middle of January and now his lips are stuck to the glass. Then, By is caught playing with matches and things don't turn out very well. Then the church where Kenny's little sister Joetta goes for Sunday School is bombed. Four little girls died, one was blinded, and one had to have one of her eyes removed. Kenny doesn't understand what happened and By tries his best to help him. During this period of time, segregation was hotly debated.
Why I Picked it Up: It was a 5th grade read-aloud.
Why I Finished It: It was very good and it got a good history lesson in.
I’d Give this Book To: Anyone who is mature enough to understand the content because there is a little bit of inappropriate/foul language.

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