Reviewed by: Chikama Chikama Yoyoyo, Grade 5.
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Title: The Watsons Go to Birmingham ~ 1963
Author: Chirstopher Paul Curtis
Favorite Character: Kenny
1963 does that ring a bell? 1963 was one of the darkest moment’s in America’s history. Christopher Paul Curtis’ book, “The Watsons go to Birmingham~ 1963″ tells the story of a black American family’s journey from the north to the deep south, where they were not accepted and heavily discriminated against. Curtis uses the main character Kenny and his family’s experiences to show the differences between the treatments of African-American people in the North and the South during the 1960′s and revealed details and events that sparked the beginning of the American civil rights movement.
Kenny is a small boy who is always getting bullied by his own brother, Byron. By is always being bad. But when his parents get fed up with his bad behaviour they decide to go on a trip down south to Birmingham, Alabama. By is taken down to his Grandma Sands under the threat of having to stay for the entire summer, or even a whole year. Once in Birmingham, Joey whoseKenny’s little sister, goes to church for Sunday school. After Joey leaves for church the family hears a big booooommmm. OHHHHHHHHHHHHH Nooooooooooo Joey!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What happens next? Read the book and you will find out.
I have read a lot of books, but by far the “Watson’s Go to Birmingham ~ 1963″ is the best book I have ever read. The way the author wrote the book is phenomenal. I could picture every word that was written. I would recommend this book to ten year olds and up. So if you are ten years old, and love hilarious historical fiction then this is the book for you.