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The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

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· Delacorte Books for Young Readers
· Hardcover · Ages 8-12 years
· September 1, 1995 · $16.95 · 978-0-385-32175-4 (0-385-32175-9)

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ABOUT THIS BOOK

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about a hilarious family on a road-trip at one of the most important times in America's history. This special edition makes a perfect gift and includes bonus content!

Enter the hilarious world of ten-year-old Kenny and his family, the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. There's Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron, who's thirteen and an "official juvenile delinquent."

When 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'll be in Birmingham during one of the darkest moments in America's history.

"Every so often a book becomes a modern classic almost as soon as it arrives on bookshelves. That happened in the mid-'90s when Christopher Paul Curtis released his first book, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963." --NPR

"One of the best novels EVER." --Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming

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AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOK
AN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOK
AN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICE
A NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOK
NAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS

"Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving." —The New York Times

"This is a book that changes lives. It certainly changed mine." —Kate DiCamillo, two-time Newbery Medalist

"I identify with so much in Christopher Paul Curtis's engrossing classic, The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963." —David Barclay Moore, winner of the Coretta Scott King John Steptoe Award for New Talent

"An exceptional first novel."—Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Superb . . . a warmly memorable evocation of an African American family." —The Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"Ribald humor . . . and a totally believable child's view of the world will make this book an instant hit."—School Library Journal, starred review

AWARDS

WINNER 1996 - Newbery Honor Book
WINNER 1996 - Coretta Scott King Author Honor
WINNER 1996 - ALA Best Books for Young Adults
WINNER 1996 - ALA Notable Children's Book
WINNER 1998 - California Young Reader Medal
WINNER 2000 - New Mexico Land of Enchantment Book Award
WINNER 1999 - Massachusetts Children's Book Master List
WINNER 1996 - Maine Student Book Master List
NOMINEE 1998 - Illinois Rebecca Caudill Young Readers Award
WINNER 1997 - Arkansas Charlie May Simon Master List
WINNER 1997 - Texas Lone Star Reading List
WINNER 2012 - TimeOutNewYorkKids.com 50 Best Books for Kids

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY

Christopher Paul Curtis won the Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Award for his bestselling second novel, Bud, Not Buddy. His first novel, The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963, was also singled out for many awards, and has been a bestseller in hardcover and paperback. His most recent novels for Random House include The Mighty Miss Malone, Mr. Chickee's Messy Mission, Mr. Chickee's Funny Money, and Bucking the Sarge.

Christopher Paul Curtis grew up in Flint, Michigan. After high school he began working on the assembly line at the Fisher Body Plant No. 1 while attending the Flint branch of the University of Michigan. He is now a full-time writer, and lives with his family in Windsor, Ontario.

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