Betty Before X
Betty Before X

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Annotation: Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the Civil Rights Movement.
Catalog Number: #152705
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Copyright Date: 2018
Edition Date: 2018
Pages: 248 p.
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-374-30610-9 Perma-Bound: 0-605-99919-8
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-374-30610-6 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-99919-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017019587
Dimensions: 21 cm.
Language: English
Reviewing Agencies:
School Library Journal Starred Review (Fri Dec 01 00:00:00 CST 2017)
Publishers Weekly
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Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 5-9
Lexile: 810L

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. The singing, the preaching, the speeches from guest activists like Paul Robeson and Thurgood Marshall stir African Americans in her community to stand up for their rights. Betty quickly finds confidence and purpose in volunteering for the Housewives League, an organization that 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 through collaboration with novelist Renée Watson--Ilyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother's childhood with this book, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today. Backmatter included. This title has Common Core connections.


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