Betty Before X

Ilyasah Shabazz (Author) Renée Watson (Author)
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Age Groups: Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15

A powerful middle-grade fictionalized account of the childhood activism of Betty Shabazz, Malcolm X's wife, written by their daughter

In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty's house doesn't quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she can't shake the feeling that her mother doesn't want her. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. Activists like Paul Robeson stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty finds purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, which supports black-owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born.

Inspired by Betty's real life—but expanded upon and fictionalized in collaboration with novelist Renée Watson—Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four years in her mother's childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl grappling with self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today

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SKU 118357
ISBN 9781250294180
Language English
Lexile ® Measure 810L
Page Count 256
Product Type Paperback Books
Book Type Middle Grade Novels
Additional Contributor Renée Watson
Primary Contributor Ilyasah Shabazz
Age Groups Ages 10 to 12, Ages 13 to 15
Publisher Macmillan