If you haven't read it, go get it! Byron Watson is growing up and flexing his young male muscles, perhaps beyond the bounds of what is proper and even legal. His younger brother, Kenny, is watching with a touch of awe and a lot of fear. Their parents step in, though, and decide that what Byron needs is some time with Grandma down in Birmingham. Travel with the Watsons through their family struggles and through the challenges forced upon them by the prejudice of America in 1963. Get out your tissue box. This one really brings it home. This book is the 1996 Newbery Honor winner.
210 pages 978-0385321754 Ages 9-13
Book Pairing: Pair this book with Birmingham, 1963 by Carole Boston Weatherford
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.--from the publisher