The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963 Book Summary and Study Guide

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Kenny and Byron are brothers and they don't get along. Byron is the oldest and is always mean to Kenny and Kenny hates it. Kenny is 10 years old. Byron is very bad. One day Byron put chemicals in his head and his mom almost burned his finger but his sister Joetta kept blowing the match out till there was no more. When the dad came home he cut all Byron's hair off and told him that he was going to stay in Birmingham for a whole year. Then they have a little road trip. While up there Byron changes a lot. He gets nicer and more responsible. Then days later Kenny is tired so tired he goes to sleep under tree and hears this big boom. He sees Byron run out of the house with no shoes and only with his pajamas.
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The review of this Book prepared by Latrae Anderson

This book is told from the point of view of Kenny Watson. Him and his family; Momma, Dad, Joetta, and Byron. The family goes on a trip to Birmingham and sees a racially divided America. This book is a historical drama with a lot of comedy in it.
The review of this Book prepared by Dashaun Montanez

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   upbeat Time/era of story    -   1960's-1970's Ethnic/Regional/Religion    -   Black people in America/Europe    -   American South Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Age 11-14 Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Black (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South    -   Midwest City?    -   Yes City:    -   dirty, grimy (like New York)

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog    -   little dialog

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