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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963


by Christopher Paul Curtis

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963 Chapter 11 Summary

Bobo Brazil Meets the Sheik

  • Dad sticks to his plan and keeps driving nonstop.
  • Kenny and the rest of the family wake up every once in a while, but everybody mostly sleeps until Momma finally announces that they're home (she means her home of course).
  • Momma's so excited, she starts honking the horn like a crazy woman.
  • Kenny is surprised that Birmingham looks so much like Flint, with regular houses and great big trees.
  • It's been ten years since the Watsons last visited Birmingham, so Kenny and Joey have never actually met Grandma Sands. There's lots of hugging and crying and laughing all around.
  • Kenny has heard so many stories about how mean and strict she is that he expects Grandma Sands to be like a giant troll or foaming at the mouth or something (that Kenny has some imagination), but it turns out she's just a regular little old lady with a cane.
  • He thought there would be a battle between Grandma and Byron like Godzilla vs. King Kong or Bobo Brazil vs. the Sheik, but now it looks like Grandma is no match for Byron.
  • That is, until Grandma asks Byron to go to the store and Byron forgets to say "Yes ma'am." Kenny makes a smart remark about Byron, and Grandma puts them both in their place in a hot second. She's not as fragile as she looks.
  • Grandma also mentions something about a Mr. Robert who nobody seems to know, and Momma looks worried.
  • Meanwhile, Byron is all smiles and polite and "yes, ma'am; no, ma'am." Kenny is disappointed that all the fight has already gone out of Byron; he was expecting a good show.

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