The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963

Narrated by:
LeVar Burton

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2000
5 hours 0 minutes
During one of the most important times in the civil rights movement, one unforgettable family goes on a road trip in this Newbery and Coretta Scott King Honoree, from author Christopher Paul Curtis, recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement.

When the Watson family—ten-year-old Kenny, Momma, Dad, little sister Joetta, and brother Byron—sets out on a trip south to visit Grandma in Birmingham, Alabama, they don’t realize that they’re heading toward one of the darkest moments in America’s history. The Watsons’ journey reminds us that even in the hardest times, laughter and family can help us get through anything.
'A modern classic.' —NPR

“Marvelous . . . both comic and deeply moving.” —The New York Times

'One of the best novels EVER.' —Jacqueline Woodson, Newbery Honor and National Book Award–winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming
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Steve Robertson

A nice read. A great book.

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Lya Snell

Excellent read!!! This was the required reading for my daughter's English class, and the audio book with the narrator helped her so much!!

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Somehow I missed the fact that this book might have been intended for kids or young adults. I am glad that I didn't know because I probably would have passed on this book if I had. I don't review books often, so it's got to be really good or bad for me to take the time. This one....really good. Everything: story, narrator, history, emotion, this book has it all. It deals with complex situations often with humor and always through the eyes of a little 10 year old kid. Please read this book. You will not be sorry.

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Toya C

Well I haven't finished but so far I can't stop Laughing!

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Csilla Kovats Megyesi

This book is great! I could not listen to it without laughing. I could listen to it over and over again.

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Genevieve DeBree

It is a very clever book. My daughter (11 years) and I found ourselves laughing out loud. I also like the fact that it provided insight for her into that period of our history. Highly recommend.

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Listened with my children, we all enjoyed it, this book was simultaneously humorous and deep. I was not expecting to like it so much. Lavar Burton did an excellent job narrating.

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