All of that talk about Birmingham, Alabama reminded me of one of my favorite books ever. "The Watsons Go to Birmingham - 1963" made me laugh out loud and brought tears to my eyes; in fact it evoked a full range of emotions when I first read it in 1996. I've read it several times since, usually out loud to a classroom full of 4th graders straining to hear every word.
Christopher Paul Curtis won a Newbery Honor Award for this book, his first ever. Wow! He worked in a Detroit auto factory until his wife, a nurse, offered to provide for the family while he wrote this book. He would go to the library and sit at a table in the childrens' section to write each day. I was fortunate enough to hear Curtis speak at a reading conference during my teacher days. If you have not yet read this book, add it to your "To Be Read" (TBR) pile today.
I just finished "Flygirl" today. It is a winner of the ALA Best Books for Young People in 2010. Ida Mae "passes" for white so that she might become a WASP during WWII. This is historical fiction at its best. Ida Mae is sent to Birmingham to test fly the B-29 bomber as the men don't want to go up in another "widowmaker."
"'If a girl can do it, so can a man.' That should be the army's new motto," says Ida Mae. This is another book for your TBR pile. For a great review by DIL, Susan, go here.
This is author Sherri L. Smith's first attempt at historical fiction and her fourth book.
AND I just noticed that this is my 400th post. How did that happen?