The Watsons Go To Birmingham by Christopher Paul Curtis
Birmingham, AL- 1963
Kenny Watson- the narrator
Main Characters & Point of View
Mrs. Watson- Mom
Joey- the youngest Watson
Byron Watson- the older brother
Mr. Watson- Dad
The Watsons drive from their home in Flint, Michigan to their grandmother's house in Birmingham, Alabama, experiencing racism along the way.
The family is introduced. Due to Byron's misbehavior, the Watson parents decide to visit family in Alabama.
The Watsons return to their home in Flint, where each character deals with their shock and grief over the bombing, bringing the family closer together in the process.
The church that Joey attends is bombed; the family fears that she is among the dead until she is found alive.
The author's purpose is to entertain as well as inform. The reader learns details of a key moment in the Civil Rights Movement from the point of view of a child who witnessed the Birmingham church bombing of 1963.
My opinion of the book
This is a perfect blend of good-natured humor and gripping historical fiction that gives students insight into a crucial moment in US history. Highly recommended!