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Is The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 a good book?

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maylentorres1 | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 4, 2010 at 3:42 AM via web

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Is The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 a good book?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 31, 2010 at 12:16 AM (Answer #1)

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Well, the answer to this question really depends on your definition of what a "good book" is. If you mean is it an interesting book to read and will I enjoy it, I personally think you will. It is a great book because it manages to equally combine scenes that are incredibly funny, such as when Byron manages to freeze his lips to the wing mirror of the family car because he kisses his reflection, but also scenes that are incredibly moving and sad, such as when Kenny enters the bombed church and sees the devastation caused and the wounded girls.

I think it is an important book to read because it set during a time of particular tension in the Civil Rights movement and the author explores these contextual qualities through the eyes of the book's sensitive young narrator who tries to understand what is happening.

Lastly, I think this is a "good book" because it gives a very realistic impression of the narrator, who tries to survive school and being bullied by an older sibling, and along the way learns important lessons about himself and other people. I think there is a lot that we can all relate to in Kenny's struggles, both at school and in his family.

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kykybre | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted December 24, 2011 at 5:55 AM (Answer #2)

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yes it is a good read

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