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the book

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird  Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's  13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble,  they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma,...

A wonderful middle-grade novel narrated by Kenny, 9, about his middle-class black family, the Weird  Watsons of Flint, Michigan. When Kenny's  13-year-old brother, Byron, gets to be too much trouble,  they head South to Birmingham to visit Grandma, the  one person who can shape him up. And they happen to  be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown  up.

Paperback - 210 pages - $7.99
ISBN: 044022800X (ISBN13: 9780440228004)
Published Dec 12, 2000 by Laurel Leaf
First published 1995

why I requested this book

This book is culturally responsive to my students, and is a book that they can relate to. It shows the struggles of Blacks during segregation, and is sensitive...

This book is culturally responsive to my students, and is a book that they can relate to. It shows the struggles of Blacks during segregation, and is sensitive to battles these students may encounter to this day.

the class

My current class is six 4th and 5th grade students. The students are in special education for behavioral/emotional needs. They struggle with reading and get...

My current class is six 4th and 5th grade students. The students are in special education for behavioral/emotional needs. They struggle with reading and get frustrated very easily but have been working really hard this year to enjoy books. The district has given us a couple boxes of books to start our classroom library, but I am trying to encourage the students to reach out to get other books donated to their classroom library. It is hard to get them excited about books, but having them select books they'd want in their classroom has been encouraging.

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