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The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 Literary Qualities

Christopher Paul Curtis
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Literary Qualities

Christopher Paul Curtis has written a first novel that speaks in a lively fashion.

Through the eyes of Kenny we meet a deThe Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 lightful tight-knit family. Curtis employs some black dialect in his portrayal of By and Southern dialect to portray Momma when she gets worried and upset. After their arrival in Birmingham, Momma's speech is especially tinged with Southern flair, just like Grandma Sands' speech. His candid use of dialect, even poking fun at Momma from time to time, adds to the authenticity of the characters. Young people will find in Kenny a delightful friend whose approach to dealing with bullies, friends, and parents is one they can appreciate and understand.

Curtis very ably moves the reader from hilarity in the beginning chapters of the book to a sense of foreboding, danger, disaster, fear, and disquietude as the story builds to the...

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