Thursday, January 10, 2019
#tbt: The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis
The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. 224 p. Delacorte Press, Random House Children's Books, September, 1995. 9780385321754. (Own.)
#tbt features The Watsons go to Birmingham, 1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis. This was Curtis' debut and what a splash he made, winning both a Newbery Honor and a Coretta Scott King Honor. Kenny is the middle sibling in the "weird Watson" family. He narrates the story of the summer his parents decide to pack up the family car and drive south to visit with family. They have decided to leave their eldest child, Byron with his maternal grandmother to straighten him out. Kenny's voice is lively and often laugh-out-loud funny as he dryly comments on the antics of his family. Readers learn a great deal about the Jim Crow south and the dangers faced by people of color at the time. Still, readers will be unprepared when the story takes a tragic turn.