X: A Novel
X: A Novel
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Annotation: Follows the childhood of the civil rights leader to his imprisonment at age twenty, where he found the faith that would lead him to his path towards activism and justice.
Catalog Number: #88198
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 348 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-7636-6967-9
ISBN 13: 978-0-7636-6967-6
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014931838
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
Reviews:
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 8 Up&12; Malcolm X was born Malcolm Little. The story opens with his departure from Michigan as a teen, though there are flashbacks to his younger years. It follows Malcolm through his time in Boston and Harlem, culminating with his conversion to Islam and his decision to change his name while in prison in 1948. The story does contain some gritty situations, most notably the use of the "n" word, non-graphic sex, drug and alcohol abuse, and criminal behavior. This was the reality of Malcolm X's early life, and make the later scenes that more authentic. While the novel stops prior to his rise as a civil rights leader, the excellent back matter provides historical context, bibliography, time line, family tree, and a note from the author (who is also the third of Malcolm X's five daughters). This is an eye-opening look at an important historical figure. The author's honesty about his early troubles serves to convey that it is possible to rise through adversity to make a positive difference in this world. A worthwhile addition to any collection.&12; Kristin Anderson, Columbus Metropolitan Library System, OH
Starred Review ALA Booklist
*Starred Review* Malcolm X's third daughter collaborates with award winner Magoon (The Rock and the River, 2009) to offer a fictionalized biography of Shabazz's late father, the powerful human rights leader. The authors depict an impoverished childhood of turmoil and trouble marked by the death rhaps the murder Malcolm's proud father and the forced institutionalization of his mother, followed by the dissolution of the family as Malcolm and five of his seven siblings are placed in foster homes. Shifting backward and forward through time, the story follows Malcolm from his home in Lansing, Michigan, to Boston, where he becomes a self-described "creature of the street." Then it's on to drug abuse, getting caught in the numbers racket, and, ultimately, at age 23, landing in prison, where he discovers the Nation of Islam and comes to terms with his father's oft-quoted lines from Marcus Garvey, "Up, up, you mighty race; you can accomplish what you will." Shabazz and Magoon bring energy, immediacy, and emotional power to Malcolm's first-person, present-tense voice. Often painfully candid, the authors effectively depict Malcolm's lifetime of racial slurs and casual injustices, symbolized by the image of a lynched man hanging from a tree. It's a satisfyingly complete, never simplistic story of one young man's journey through trouble to the promise of a life of purpose and meaning.
Voice of Youth Advocates
When we first meet Detroit Red, he is on the run from Archie, the numbers runner he works for who appears to be coming to kill Red. Red will go by many names in his lifeMalcolm Little, Detroit Red, El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazzbut most people know him as Malcolm X. Cowritten with his daughter, this novel follows Malcolm through his early years. It jumps in time between the late 1930s and the late 1940s. Events from Malcolm's young lifehis father's death, his mother's institutionalization, living in foster careall inform the choices he makes once he gets out on his own. He leaves Lansing, Michigan, at sixteen for Roxbury and eventually Harlem. Malcolm learns how to hustle, leading him to selling drugs, running numbers, and burglarizing homes. He struggles with the realities of racism, feeling oppressed and confined despite his parents' teachings that he could accomplish anything. He eventually lands in prison, angry, frustrated, and dejected. Bereft of hope, he converts to Islam and finally begins to believe his parents' teachingsthat he can be strong, proud, and wise.Heavy on action, with many moments of thoughtful introspection, this well-written look at young Malcolm's rocky path to becoming a leader shows how people can rise above dire circumstances and move beyond bad choices. Back matter includes an author's note discussing what happened after the point the book ends, notes about the characters, a time line, historical context, and further reading.Amanda MacGregor.
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Word Count: 80,033
Reading Level: 4.0
Interest Level: 9+
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.0 / points: 11.0 / quiz: 170999 / grade: Upper Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:5.3 / points:19.0 / quiz:Q66742
Lexile: HL580L

A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.

Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever.

X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.


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