Betty Before X

Betty Before X

eBook - 2018
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*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**A CSMCL Best Book of 2018*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 Reně 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.
Publisher: 2018
ISBN: 9780374306113
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Mar 04, 2019

this book makes you think about the hardships that black people had to face even civil rights leaders

Jan 13, 2019

I had never look too much into Malcolm X's wife's history but this was a great way to see how her life started and what led her to being a leader in the Civil Rights Movement. It doesn't matter how old you are, her story still matters and shows that while we've come a long way, we still have a long way to go.

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