The Watsons go to Birmingham - 1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

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Book Information

Publication Date: December 1995


Reading Level: Lexile Measure 920L, Scholastic Guided Reading Level U


Interest Level: Grades 6 - 8


Major Awards: 1996 Newbery Honor


Number of Pages: 210 pages


Approximate Word Count: 64,050 words -- The average reader will spend 4 hours and 16 minutes reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 at 250 words per minute.*


Audible Book Length: 4 hrs and 54 mins


Book Themes: Coming of Age, Family, Friendship, Race, Mortality, Guilt and Blame


Genre: Young Adult Literature; Coming-of-Age; Family Drama; Historical Fiction


Setting: Flint, Michigan and Birmingham, Alabama—1963


Important Quote: There's one good thing about getting in trouble: It seems like you do it in steps. It seems like you don't just end up in trouble but that you kind of ease yourself into it. It also seems like the worse the trouble is that you get into, the more steps it takes to get there. Sort of like you're getting a bunch of little warnings on the way; sort of like if you really wanted to you could turn around.


First Line: It was one of those super-duper-cold Saturdays.


Point of View: First Person (Central Narrator - Kenny Watson)


*Estimate from Reading Length

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