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The Watsons Go To Burmingham

The Watsons Go To Birmingham - 1963

Published:
1995
Awards:
1996
Newbery Award
1996
Coretta Scott King Award (Black experience)

Fourth-grader Kenny goes with his older brother Byron and his parents on a road trip from Flint, Michigan to the South, where Byron will be spending the summer with his grandparents, away from the temptations of city life. Curtis mixes humor with the volatility of the South in the summer of 1963.

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