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Betty before X

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*Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award* "In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League...Shabazz differentiates between Betty and her mother, Ollie Mae Sanders, through pitch and projects the latter's frequent annoyance, showing why Betty often felt underappreciated. An afterword helps young listeners understand Betty Shabazz's importance in American history and and provides additional discussion on the other people in the narrative." -- AudioFile Magazine Activist, motivational speaker, and daughter of Malcolm X Ilyasah Shabazz celebrates her mother's idealism and strength of character in a touching new YA audiobook. Betty Before X is the story of Dr. Betty Shabazz before she became a figurehead for the Civil Rights Movement.

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 audiobook, painting an inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self-acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young listeners today.

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..".the soul of this book is Betty's more personal battle to be loved by a mother who rejects her, and the redemption she finds in the home of a couple who takes her in. This universal theme makes the book moving as well as educational, and the reading by Shabazz -- not an actress, but an experienced motivational speaker -- is clear and sincere." -- Providence Journal

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Grouped Work ID 50af8d23-597f-f031-7970-c71a9e6f441e
Grouping Title betty before x
Grouping Author shabazz ilyasah
Grouping Category book
Last Grouping Update 2019-02-21 23:14:47PM
Last Indexed 2019-02-21 11:09:00AM

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auth_author2 Watson, Rene?e,, Watson, Renée,
author Ilyasah Shabazz
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display_description Raised by her aunt until she is six, Betty, who will later marry Malcolm X, joins her mother and stepfamily in 1940s Detroit, where she learns about the civil rights movement.
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subject_facet African Americans -- Fiction, Children's audiobooks, Civil rights movements -- Fiction, Civil rights movements -- Juvenile fiction, Detroit (Mich.) -- History -- 20th century -- Fiction, Families -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Fiction, Family life -- Michigan -- Detroit -- Fiction, Racism -- Fiction, Shabazz, Betty -- Childhood and youth -- Juvenile fiction, Shabazz, Betty, -- Fiction, Stepfamilies -- Fiction
title_display Betty before X
title_full Betty Before X, Betty before X / Ilyasah Shabazz ; with Renée Watson, Betty before X / by Ilyasah Shabazz ; with Rene?e Watson
title_short Betty before X
topic_facet African Americans, Childhood and youth, Civil rights movements, Families, Family life, History, Juvenile Fiction, Juvenile Literature, Racism, Shabazz, Betty, Stepfamilies