Betty Before X
by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renee Watson


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*A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2018*
*A Kirkus Reviews 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.  Read more...


 
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More About Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz; Renee Watson
 
 
 
Overview

*A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2018*
*A Kirkus Reviews 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 Ren e 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.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780374306106
  • ISBN-10: 0374306109
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus Giroux
  • Publish Date: January 2018
  • Page Count: 256
  • Reading Level: Ages 10-14
  • Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.7 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Biographical - United States
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Prejudice & Racism
Books > Juvenile Fiction > People & Places - United States - African-American

 
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