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Teaching Multicultural Literature : A Workshop for the Middle Grades
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Workshop 5: Historical and Cultural Context
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Works By and About Author

Christopher Paul Curtis

Works by the Author
Listed below are selected works by the author.

    Curtis, Christopher Paul. Bucking the Sarge. New York: Wendy Lamb Books, 2004.
    Fifteen-year-old Luther is involved in running his mother's shady business dealings in Flint, Michigan, but he keeps his sense of humor. Throughout, he dreams of going to college and becoming a philosopher.

    ---. Bud, Not Buddy. New York: Delacorte, 1999.
    In this novel, a 10-year-old boy in Depression-era Michigan sets out to find the man he believes to be his father. (2000 Newbery Award Winner, 2000 Coretta Scott King Award Winner)

    ---. The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963. New York: Delacorte, 1995.

Further Readings About the Author


    Authors and Artists for Young Adults. Vol. 37. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2000.
    An entry about Curtis looks at the events, inspirations, and challenges in Curtis's life and examines what led him to write children's books.

    Contemporary Black Biography: Profiles from the International Black Community. Vol. 26. Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2000.
    This collection contains an extensive biography of Curtis.

    Murphy, Barbara Thrash, and Barbara Black Pollock. Black Authors and Illustrators of Books for Children and Young Adults: A Biographical Dictionary. 3rd ed. New York: Garland, 1999.
    This compendium offers an in-depth biography of Curtis, as well as a complete bibliography of his works.

    St. James Guide to Young Adult Writers. 2nd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999.
    Curtis is one of many young adult authors included in this book, which contains biographical information and a critical essay on his work.

Web Sites


    Beck, Martha Davis. "An Interview With Christopher Paul Curtis." Riverbank Review (Winter 1999-2000):12-15.
    In this interview, Curtis talks about his own life experiences and how he incorporates them into his works. He also talks at length about techniques he uses to bring his stories alive.

    Forman, Lillian. "Christopher Paul Curtis." Instructor (September 2000):59.
    This guide for teachers gives suggestions on how to present Curtis's works to students.

    George, Marshal, and Melissa Comer. "Bringing The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 to the Middle School Classroom." ALAN Review (Winter 1999):45-47.
    This article suggests ways to teach The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 in an interdisciplinary unit.

    Lamb, Wendy. "Christopher Paul Curtis." The Horn Book (July 2000):397.
    This article, written by Curtis's editor and friend, takes an intimate look at Curtis's life and personality, and includes a piece of his early writing that describes an important event in his life.

    Morgan, Peter E. "History for Our Children: An Interview With Christopher Paul Curtis, a Contemporary Voice in African American Young Adult Fiction." MELUS (Summer 2002):197-215.
    Curtis talks about the themes in his works as well as the personal experiences that contributed to his writing in this interview.

    Paul, Daniel. "Appointment With History: The Plot of The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 Seems to Wander, but Novelist Christopher Paul Curtis Knew Exactly What He Was Doing." Writing! (February-March 2004):20-23.
    This article includes some excerpts from The Watsons Go to Birmingham -- 1963 and suggests activities for students.

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