Betty Before X
Hardcover: 256 pages
Age Range: 10 - 13 years
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (1 Feb. 2018)
Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 2.7 x 21.5 cm
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 organisation that supports black owned businesses. Soon, the American civil rights icon we now know as Dr. Betty Shabazz is born. Collaborating with novelist Renee Watson, llyasah Shabazz illuminates four poignant years in her mother's childhood, painting a beautiful and inspiring portrait of a girl overcoming the challenges of self acceptance and belonging that will resonate with young readers today.