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Betty Before X Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-10-13 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0374306109
LANGUAGE:English

" I received a copy of this book from McMillan Children's Books via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. " said.

"I really enjoyed this book about Betty Shabazz's childhood. It was nice to see a different view of African-American life in the 1940s, one that is not focused on poverty. Betty's family and friends seemed to be part of a working/middle class, a perspective that is not often shown in kid lit.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because as an adult, I think I enjoyed it a little more because I knew who Betty was, and I'm not sure if a child would enjoy it in the same way. They do a wonderful job at the end of the book letting the reading know how the rest of Betty's life went, as well as what parts of the book may have been fictional.
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"This was such a beautiful and inspiring story! I honestly didn't know much about Betty Shabazz before she met Malcolm X and seeing this glimpse into her childhood is both heart-breaking and inspiring.

There were some tough parts to read that deal with racism and child abuse but it was all done tastefully. So many books get off on the shock value of these painful experiences but every difficult scene in this book felt purposeful in the way it was told.

There's even a section in the back that talks more in depth about Betty Shabazz and the characters in the book. EXCELLENT read for kids, especially young black girls.
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" ARC from EdelweissBefore she married Malcolm X, Betty grew up in Detroit in 1945. She lived with her mother and half siblings and threw herself into church activities and the Housewives League. She wanted to live a normal life with her two best friends and her community, but she was right in the middle of the push for more freedom for black folks. Betty worked hard to juggle all of the aspects of her life, and her daugher, Ilyasah Shabazz tells the story beautifully. " said.

" Middle grade historical fiction based on the childhood of Betty Dean Sanders aka Betty Shabazz or Betty X. There is great background information and notes at the back of the book. But the appeal is its universal themes that middle-schoolers will be able to relate to: mother-daughter relationships, the definition of a family, rejection from family and peers, navigating friendships, self-confidence, image. " said.

" An accessible look into the early life and formative years of Civil Rights activist Dr. Betty Shabazz. Endnotes provide context to title, as the narrative ends years before Betty meets X. " said.

" A fabulous and much-needed book for middle school, which will unfortunately be a hard sell due to the very young looking cover. The audiobook (narrated by Shabazz) either had technical issues or a weird cadence to the reading that distracted me (but probably wouldn’t bother tween listeners). " said.

" Black girls learning more about themselves, their beauty, and their capacity to make change. These are the kinds of books I hope to see more of for readers of all ages, but especially those coming into their own. Lovely to see Betty Shabazz celebrated in this way. " said.

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