Betty Before X
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
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.
Family Relationships; Racial Diversity; Kinship care; Step parent; Family member death; Race discrimination; aunt raising niece; step father; step siblings; death of an aunt; racism; prejudice
mother and step father; aunt
Cybils Awards, 2018, Nominee, Middle Grade Fiction
Best Books for Kids, 2018
Choices, 2019 Children's Fiction
Kirkus Book Review Stars, 2017
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2019 Grades 6-8
Detroit, Michigan; Malcolm X; civil rights movement; lynching; church; church choir; activists; volunteering; Jim Crow
Shabazz, Ilyasah and Watson, Renée, "Betty Before X" (2018). Diverse Families. 1971.