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The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Christopher Paul Curtis

Narrated By: LeVar Burton

Publisher: Listening Library (Audio)

Date: July 2000

Duration: 5 hours 0 minutes


The Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree about the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan—from Christopher Paul Curtis, author of Bud, Not Buddy, a Newbery Medal and Coretta Scott Award Winner.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 happen to be in Birmingham when Grandma's church is blown up.AN ALA TOP TEN BEST BOOKAN ALA NOTABLE CHILDREN'S BOOKAN IRA YOUNG ADULT'S CHOICEA NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW BEST BOOKNAMED TO MULTIPLE STATE AWARD LISTS'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.' —NPRFrom the Hardcover edition.


  • Steve Robertson

    A nice read. A great book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Lya Snell

    Excellent read!!! This was the required reading for my daughter's English class, and the audio book with the narrator helped her so much!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Mindy

    Somehow I missed the fact that this book might have been intended for kids or young adults. I am glad that I didn't know because I probably would have passed on this book if I had. I don't review books often, so it's got to be really good or bad for me to take the time. This one....really good. Everything: story, narrator, history, emotion, this book has it all. It deals with complex situations often with humor and always through the eyes of a little 10 year old kid. Please read this book. You will not be sorry.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Genevieve DeBree

    It is a very clever book. My daughter (11 years) and I found ourselves laughing out loud. I also like the fact that it provided insight for her into that period of our history. Highly recommend.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Toya C

    Well I haven't finished but so far I can't stop Laughing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Csilla Kovats Megyesi

    This book is great! I could not listen to it without laughing. I could listen to it over and over again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful.