The Watsons Go to Birmingham—1963
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The bird's head drooped backward and was rolling from side to side. Dead as a donut. [...] I looked right at By and his face was all twisted up and his eyes were kind of shut. He dropped the bird, walked over to the green-apple tree and started throwing up. (6.69)
Um… is this the same Byron from the first five chapters? Doesn't it seem strange that he's so upset about killing a bird? Why does the bird's death matter to him?
Right in the spot where the bird had crashed By had dug a little grave, and on top of the grave there were two Popsicle sticks tied together in a cross. (6.81)
People deal with death in all different ways. One way? By doing something to honor the life that was lost. And that seems to be Byron's strategy. Could this shed some light on why it's so hard for Kenny to deal with the death he sees in the church?
Joe Collier had put up another sign on a giant tree: "WARNING! DANGER! NO SWIMMING! SIX LIFES BEEN LOST HERE! BAD DROP OFF! Signed Joe Collier." Six? Grandma Sands had said one little boy drowned here, not six! (13.30)
Okay, we get it. Don't go in. Or should we say, DON'T GO IN! Kenny sees this very clear warning before he goes in the water. So why does he have such a hard time believing that death truly is a danger here?