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Betty Before X Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-04-02 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0374306109
LANGUAGE:English

" This is a tremendous book, filled with acknowledgement of the hard truths of racism and abandoned children as well as the acknowledgment of the deep joy of hard work, friendship, adults believing in young people, music, faith, and acting to change the world when something in it is wrong. I’ll certainly be buying this for my middle-school nieces and nephews. Such a fine book! " said.

" This was a good younger middle grade novelization of the middle school ages of Betty Shabazz new Sanders. It gave a good glimpse of growing up black and female in Detroit in the 1940’s.I’ve long been and admirer, and this book showed the community and individuals who nurtured her, and let me see her through the eyes of a friend. " said.

" I read "X" by Shabazz and was really struck by it. I'm glad she wrote this book about her mother for a younger audience. It might be a hard sell to get middle school students to read it but once they decide to read it, they should get a lot out of it. A great historical fiction book for 5th-7th grades. " said.

" A precious, yet empowering story of a young African-American girl who rose above her start in life to accomplish great things as a mother, wife, woman, nurse, educator, and peaceful activist. The end pages of this book are an important resource to the story. They lend more respect to Betty’s story as we learn that her adult years were just as filled with trials and hardships as her childhood, but she continued to persevere and accomplish great things. A positive and inspirational story. " said.

" Betty shows us how life hands you many cards. Some kind and some unkind. How one responds to those cards reveals the true character of oneself. Whether highlighting her relationships with her sisters or her friendships, Betty shows the reader that she was born for leadership. At the end of the book, there are about ten additional pages that share more historical information that is worth a read. I would give this to a fourth grade or fifth-grade reader. " said.

" I liked the style of writing with this book. It was easy to get into. The story of Betty’s rough upbringing and involvement in her community will hopefully be inspiring to young people. This book would be great for maybe 5th graders and up. I like how it approaches racial issues, with a gentle hand, but doesn’t gloss over the serious hardships. At times it does get too instructional but the sweet story eventually recaptures your attention. " said.

" Sensational! Chronicles the childhood of Malcolm X's wife and demonstrates her courage and faith that contributed to the woman she would later become. I love how the author was so inspired by her mother that she decided to write about her. Short, easy to read and based on real events and people (with good notes following the story!)... hand this one to kids! (After finishing it yourself. :) ) " said.

"I wavered between 4.5 and 5 stars. Betty's character was written very well; she was precocious but not exceptionally so, and her feelings and emotions were realistic for a child. I really enjoyed the end papers, including the timeline, and the author's note. I was inspired by the woman Betty became, and I felt that the book provided enough groundwork to understand how she could eventually have done the work that she did. My only complaint of the book was the quick ending, but the author's note added some closure.

This is an important book that address racism and inequality in a way that young readers will be able to understand and empathize with.
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