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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.

From the Hardcover edition.
ISBN-10: 0307260178
ISBN-13: 9780307260178
62 Book Reviews
  • babyyodafan1
    babyyodafan19 months55 stars
    This book is very funny. I was kind of confused the first part because the title is "The Watsons go to Brimingham - 1963" and the first part wasn't that, it was at their house. But then later they went to alabama
    • lunabunny
      lunabunny11 months55 stars
      This book is totally worth it. It's funny, and it has some sad parts. I read it and loved it...#amazing
      • bookwormdude29
        bookwormdude29about 2 years55 starsFeatured
        A great book! Definitely a wonderful choice for readers of all ages. Kenny Watson, an African -American boy, embarks on a few adventures, but the real major adventure is when the whole Watson must go south to Birmingham, Alabama. Why, you ask? Byron, Kenny’s older brother had been stirring up a LOT of trouble, such as setting toilet paper on FIRE, and also straightening his hair, so Kenny’s parents think he should stay with Grandma Sands for a while, since Grandma Sands will not accept any form of trouble at all. While in Birmingham, the family notices some extremely discriminatory events (segregation), but the final straw is when a church near Grandma Sands’s is destroyed by a BOMB, so they all decide to head home, even Byron. This book is an awesome realistic-fiction, and it really cracked me up some of the time. Definitely recommended.
        • pro138
          pro138over 2 years55 stars
          its a nice book
          • swirlycool
            swirlycoolover 2 years44 stars
            The Watsons Go To Birmingham- 1963 is a novel about a 9 year old boy named Kenny. When his brother, Byron, keeps getting into mischief and trouble, they decide to all go to Birmingham, Alabama to change his ways for the summer. After driving from Michigan to Birmingham, they arrive at their Grandma’s home. However, there is racism going on in Birmingham. The worst thing that happened was the bombing of Grandma’s church. In my opinion, the thing that changed Byron was when Kenny almost died in the water. The bombing of Grandma’s church had also caused Byron to mature. Overall, this book is humorous mixed with heartbreaking events. I recommend it to fifth graders and above, due to some language in this book. However, it depends on the maturity of the reader who is reading this book. In conclusion, I give it a 4/5. This book was great except for the fact that the author could have wrote more when the setting was Birmingham. The ending was kind of abrupt to me, as I thought there could have been more pages after it. I recommend it to people who love to read comedy, or people who are interested in history.
            • Reader/revieweralmost 3 years
              Awesome Book!!!! I'm in the middle of it and its great!!!!
              • pobubaredi
                pobubaredialmost 4 years55 stars
                On a cold winter day in Michigan, the Watson's decide to go down to Alabama where their grandma lives. But, their is a lot of racism going on in Alabama. Will the Watson's stay safe?
                • awsepicavi
                  awsepicaviover 4 years44 stars
                  I decided to read this book because it was for my reading group in school. I really enjoy it so far. It seems boring at the beginning but when you get deeper into the book you will like it a lot more. Enjoy it!
                  • Lolover 4 years
                    This book was good I guess
                    • eggcritic
                      eggcriticalmost 5 years33 stars
                      I was assigned The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 for reading, and upon finishing, I became no better or worse than I was before. It is neither bad or good. Or, it can be simply described as "above mediocre." This is a good novel with good lessons and such, but it's not something I would pick up and read. The characters are all lovable and changing; The characters are all believable and nicely described. It could be the most shining point of the book. Our characters go to Birmingham at a time where civil inequality was at its high point, right during the unfortunate Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, where one of the characters, one of the most charismatic, is affected. This only unfolds in the last four chapters; The entirety of the book is just Watson misadventures, especially the brother Byron, dubbed a "child delinquent" and the younger brother, Kenny, from whom the perspective of the book comes from, who is dubbed, "Pointdexter." The beginning does a good job connecting our characters to the reader, and giving them life so they don't become cliches in the near future, where a potentially bad made-for-TV movie could lie... You'll enjoy the humor in the book, especially during the early chapters. Running jokes, moments to laugh, and it gets packed in a nice ending. The book is not perfect as we take too long to get to Birmingham which is the title of the book. The pace is slow, and we should've spent more time on Birmingham, since we blow right through it. It's either slow or fast, in that order. Read it if you're out of things to read. Otherwise, it can be passable.