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Betty before X

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New York : Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019.
First edition.
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248 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
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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*

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 Renée 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.

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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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APA Citation (style guide)

Shabazz, I., & Watson, R. (2019). Betty before X. First edition. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Author Date Citation (style guide)

Shabazz, Ilyasah and Rene?e, Watson. 2019. Betty Before X. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux.

Chicago / Turabian - Humanities Citation (style guide)

Shabazz, Ilyasah and Rene?e, Watson, Betty Before X. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019.

MLA Citation (style guide)

Shabazz, Ilyasah,, and Rene?e Watson. Betty Before X. First edition. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 2019. Print.

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