This is a YA story about a family who lives in Flint, MI, and travels to Birmingham to visit relatives. They are there during a disturbing racist act, and the story does make one think. Of course I read the title and the cover, and so I was suprised that they don't actually go to Birmingham until the book is almost over. There is a lot of development to have a background of why they go to Birmingham and on reflection this is a strength of the writing, but I just kept waiting for them to take the trip! This is a good example of a historical fiction novel; I have often felt I learn more history through a good historical fiction novel, and the set up of the normal family interactions helps the reader to understand the way horror can intrude into familiar people's lives.
Had to read this. it was Funny.
My absolute favorite book of all time!
This book was a fun read. Absolutely loved the characters and their ease to relate to. Definately recommend for young and old.
teriffic and funny. I enjoyed it.( A book for kids too!you will will enjoy it.)
This story is set in a cryptic time in America, where segregation down south is still pretty big. But where the Watson's live, life is normal for them. With their little family of 5- Mama, Daddy, Joey, Byron, and Kenny(main character) until Byron, who has been toeing the line, finally crosses it, and things change in a drastic way. Byron is a juvenile delinquent, and whenever he does anything bad, Mama and Daddy threaten to send him to Birmingham and live in the severe household with their grandma. Well, this time it turns out the meant it. But instead of just sending Byron, the whole family packs up in their new car, and drives down to Birmingham, Alabama. In Birmingham, and event happens which makes them oh so grateful for what they have.