Betty Before X

Book by Ilyasah Shabazz

  • Published: Oct 04, 2020

*A New York Public Library Best Children's Book of 2018!* *A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2018* *A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018* In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Bettys house doesnt quite feel like home. She believes her mother... read more

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Details of Betty Before X

Exact title of the book
Betty Before X
Book author
Ilyasah Shabazz
ISBN
9780374306113
Publisher
FSG Books for Young Readers
Published
Jan 02, 2018
Language
English
Format
PDF, FB2, EPUB, MOBI
Pages
256
File size (in PDF)
2304 kB

Some brief overview of book

*A New York Public Library Best Children's Book of 2018!* *A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2018* *A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of 2018* In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Bettys house doesnt quite feel like home. She believes her mother loves her, but she cant shake the feeling that her mother doesnt 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 mothers 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.

About author

Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motivational speaker, and author of multiple award-winning publications, including X A Novel. She is also an active advocacy worker and an adjunct professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York City. Renée Watson is the author of This Side of Home, which was nominated for the Best Fiction for Young Adults by the American Library Association.

Her picture book Harlems Little Blackbird The Story of Florence Mills received several honors including an NAACP Image Award nomination in childrens literature. She is also the founder of the I, Too Arts Collective and currently teaches courses on writing for children at University of New Haven and Pine Manor College.

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