The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963


Narrated by ten-year-old Kenny, this touching novel relates the experiences of an African American family who travel to Birmingham, Alabama in 1963 to spend time with their grandmother. Grandma's church is bombed, and Kenny and his brother begin to learn

Author: Curtis, Christopher Paul

Language: English | Copyright: 1995 | Age Range: 11 to 14

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Vocabulary Words

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  • creme
  • aftershave
  • subtracting
  • confrontations
  • inhale
  • liberate
  • barbershop
  • magnolia
  • skimpy
  • radioactive

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