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The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963

by Christopher Paul Curtis

Family Quotes

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Quote #1

I could have done a lot of stuff to him. If it had been me with my lips stuck on something like this he'd have tortured me for a couple of days before he got help. Not me, though, I nearly broke my neck trying to get into the house to rescue Byron. (1.95)

Why does Kenny treat Byron differently than Byron would treat him? What does that say about their relationship?

Quote #2

It's no wonder the neighbors called us the Weird Watsons behind our backs. There we were, all five of us standing around a car with the temperature about a million degrees below zero and each and every one of us crying! (1.130)

Do you think Kenny is ashamed or proud of being known as the Weird Watsons? How does this label affect the identity of the family as a whole? What nickname would you give your family?

Quote #3

I couldn't believe it. I think Byron was proud of me! When everybody saw Byron wasn't going to do anything to me for being smart they all decided that they better not do anything either. (2.32)

This is one of the few clues we get early on that Byron cares about his little brother. Why do you think he works so hard to hide it the rest of the time? Come on, By, we know you love him.

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