The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963

Downloadable Audiobook - 2006 | Unabridged
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Sometimes 10-year-old Kenny can't believe his own family. Sometimes they act so crazy he thinks they should be known as the Weird Watsons of Flint, Michigan. Between trying to understand his parents' humor and dealing with his too-cool older brother and crybaby-tattletale little sister, Kenny never has a dull moment. So, Kenny wonders, how will this wacky bunch survive when Momma and Dad load the whole family into the "Brown Bomber" for the long drive down to Birmingham, Alabama to visit Grandma Sands? With only a few brief rest stops along the way, the Watsons finally arrive in Birmingham, greeted by stifling heat and Grandma's strong hugs. Just when the family starts to settle into a comfortable Southern rhythm, tragedy strikes in Birmingham and changes all their lives forever. A bomb, planted by white racists, explodes in a local church, killing four African-American girls and injuring many others. At first Kenny thinks his sister Joey might be among those who were hurt. Even though she turns out to be safe, Kenny can't shake the image of the crumbled, burning church and the screaming people gathered around it. The family packs up and heads out of town that night. Back home in Flint, the Watsons struggle to understand how anyone could be hateful enough to commit such a horrible crime. But through the sadness and confusion, Kenny comes to understand something else. He gains a new appreciation for the strong love that makes the Watsons not so weird, but very, very special.
Publisher: New York : Listening Library (Audio), 2006
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9780739330593
Characteristics: audio file
1 online resource (4 audio files) : digital
Additional Contributors: Burton, LeVar
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JCLAllisonD Jan 20, 2017

Couldn't get much better for a road trip than this gem read by LeVar Burton. The "weird Watsons" are definitely funny and believable. The material in this book does deal with one of the more horrific crimes during the Civil Rights Movement, so this is probably best for ages nine and up.

KCLS_Gerry Oct 17, 2014

LeVar Burton from Reading Rainbow reads this awesome historical fiction.
The Watsons live in Michigan, far from the civil unrest taking place in the South. But when they decide to take the oldest son to stay with Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they all the sudden are way too close to that very same unrest, giving the entire family an experience that changed their lives as it did the world.

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