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The Awakening of Malcolm X

(Malcolm X #2)

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  888 ratings  ·  184 reviews
The Awakening of Malcolm X is a powerful narrative account of the activist's adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter Ilyasah Shabazz along with 2019 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe award-winning author, Tiffany D. Jackson.

No one can be at peace until he has his freedom.

In Charlestown Prison, Malcolm Little struggles with the weight of his past. Plagued by nightma
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published January 5th 2021 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (Byr)
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YESSSS the first 5 star read of 2021! I'm so happy that it was this book. This book comes after X chronologically; however, it can be read as a stand alone. Thank you so much to FSG for providing me a copy of this book for review. All thoughts are my own. CW: use of the n-word, mistreatment of Black prisoners, physical violence, suicide, suicidal ideation, drugs, gambling, racism.

"Hard to imagine a world that considers us equals when the core of our very existence is human and they don't cons
Jan 24, 2021 rated it liked it
Capitalizing on the success of her first book about her famous father, Ilyasah Shabazz has written a second book, with a focus on Malcolm X's years in jail. This book starts with his being found guilty for robbing houses outside Boston, ostensibly at the behest of his white girlfriend, who sings a different song in court. I thought the book was only okay because I could not tell what was truth and what was fiction since Malcolm was assassinated in February, 1965 when Ilyasah was two years old so ...more
Dec 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: non-fiction
An enjoyable accompaniment to his autobiography. Suspect its marketed as YA to educate people at as early an age as possible and I have no issue with it.

The audiobook was well narrated.
Lex with the Text (Alexis Sims)
The Awakening of Malcolm X is a powerful narrative account of the activist's adolescent years in jail, written by his daughter @ilyasahshabazz along with @writeinbk.

Y’all, I highly recommend this book. I finished it in one day. Book 2 of 2021. It’s a powerful narrative that centers on Malcolm as an adolescent as he explores personal tribulations of race, family, and faith. We get to see him struggle with the weight of his past, and it felt so incredibly intimate. I loved being exposed to this si
May 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
The Awakening of Malcolm X is a powerful narrative which accounts the activist's young adult years in in an extremely tough Massachusetts prison setting written by his daughter. The book explains the self discovery of young Malcolm and how he was determined to maintain his sanity and not allow his mind to be imprisoned. Although Malcolm went through a lot, this book provided a clear picture of how he remained close to his siblings and how they all discovered Islam together. This book also proved ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
“If you stick a knife in my back nine inches and pull it out six inches, there’s no progress. If you pull it all the way out, that’s not progress. The progress is healing the wound that the blow made.“

If we were to do a word association test right now and you asked me to associate Malcolm X with a word, I would say, ‘enigmatic’ with zero hesitation. Ever since I came across few clips of his speeches during the last year, I made it my intention to learn in depth about him and what motivated him t
Madiha Ahmed
May 21, 2022 rated it it was amazing
“Wake up ,wake up Malcolm “

This book is AMAZING……

Malcolm X Al haj Malik shabaz is a great example of a pure and deep transformation to the soul
And mind , this story will shed a light to any person who thinks that his life hasn’t getting any brighter when you hit the rock bottom thinking it is the end.
through out this heart nourishing book,
You get to have hope, renewed energy and find purpose in your life.

May Allah grant him paradise

In many parts of the story , i felt Malcolm’s struggles , we
Feb 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing
“If you’re not ready to die for it, take the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary” LOVED this adaptation of how X evolves as a youngster to arrive at critical consciousness! Can’t wait to share with the students!!
Kenzie A.
Jan 19, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
I was ignorant to the details of Malcom X’s years in jail and journey to the Nation of Islam. I appreciated connecting the dots in the formation of the leader and activist he became known for. A testament to education, miseducation, purpose, and self knowing. Solid audiobook choice.
Forever Young Adult
Graded By: Brian
Cover Story: Looking to the Future
Drinking Buddy: Without Alcohol
MPAA Rating: PG-13: Violence, drug and alcohol use, mild language
Talky Talk: Painful
Bonus Factor: Nation of Islam
Bromance Status: Ally

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"Hard to imagine a world that considers us equals when the core of our very existence is human and they don't consider us that." ...more
Excellent book for young readers interested in learning more about the early life of Malcolm X. It’s very relatable, intriguing and inspiring if you are also a follower of this gifted speaker and religious leader. 4.5 stars rounded up for author’s note and the audiobook’s interview with the author and narrator at the end.
On the Same Page
CWs: racial slurs, racism, mistreatment of prisoners, violence, drugs

This is a historically accurate (with some fictionalized elements) portrayal of Malcolm X's young adult life , specifically the period he spent in prison. During this time, he is introduced to the Nation of Islam through his family, and we follow him as he initially dismisses the religion they have joined, but is slowly drawn to Islam through his brothers and Elijah Muhammad.
The warden stands off to the side of the mess hall an
Jan 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2021
Thank you to Fierce Reads and Colored Pages Tours for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Malcolm X has always been a hero of mine: I read his autobiography when I was eleven, and again at sixteen, and I’ve always looked up to his incredible strength and determination. So I was absolutely thrilled that Colored Pages Book Tours have given me the opportunity to review this, a YA novelisation covering just his years in prison, the period of his life where he learned to b
Dec 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you to Netgalley who gave me an eARC of this book in exchange for my honest review. The Awakening of Malcolm X is beautifully written, making the reader feel both the heartaches and losses suffered in prison, as well as the warmth of the happier memories that Malcolm looks back on. One thing I really enjoyed about this read is the research it prompted me to do on my own about Malcolm, his family, and the history of Islam. The pace of the story as a whole was a little slow for my liking, bu ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Explores historical threads of race, faith, and family as they weave together in the transformation of youthful, imprisoned Malcolm Little into empowered, purpose-driven Malcolm X. Written by his daughter along with the 2019 Coretta Scott King-John Steptoe award-winning author.
Chloe Pesch
Apr 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
This book was engaging and I learned a lot from reading it. My only complaint would be the time skips occasionally left me a little confused, maybe adding dates to the beginnings of chapters would have helped with this. Overall, I think it was well done.
Trigger Warning Database
Trigger & Content Warnings

Racism & white supremacy
Suicide mentioned
Alcohol consumption
Recreational drug use
Police brutality
Death row executions mentioned
Barb Middleton
Dec 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing
A terrific look at what it is like being oppressed and disadvantaged in a society. Enlightening and engrossing. Highly recommended.
Jan 28, 2022 rated it really liked it
A really strong audiobook that gains a full star because of how great the narrator was. A nice, pretty believable account of Malcolm X’s entry into the Nation of Islam and his rise as an incredible orator.
Dec 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Netgalley. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

TW: racism, assault, mentions of death row execution, mentions of suicide

The Awakening of Malcom X asks questions about the unfairness of the injustice system, a society that looks at black men as criminals without a second glance. How the justice systems turns these men into non-human entities. How all these men need is an accusation, being in the wrong place, to have their existenc
babygirllit (Tish)

I loved everything about this book and learned a lot as well.

Have you ever thought about reading the dictionary and/or writing all the words listed in the dictionary? I know I have and after reading this novel, I think I will start the process this year. I love to learn and will continue to educate myself.

Takeaways from the book:
- Progress is healing the womb.
- Sometimes you have to keep your business to your chest. SO TRUE!
-When you know yourself, you can sense what type of charact
Highly recommend the audiobook!
Amanda Shepard (Between-the-Shelves)
4.5/5 stars

Thank you to Farrar, Straus, and Giroux for an advanced copy of this book to review! I saw a few advertisements for it, and I was super excited to read it. It's an in-depth look at Malcolm X's young adult years, told in a way that makes his life more relatable to teenagers.

While this book is a sequel, it can definitely be read on its own. We piece together Malcolm X's past with flashbacks and dreams that Malcolm has when he was in prison. His story is a familiar one; he finds books an
Jan 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Rating: 3.5

This book took me on a journey through Malcolm's early years. It goes back and forth from the past and present, the past showing us just how he came to be imprisoned and the present letting us into his mind and experienced at Charleston. Before reading this book, I knew little to nothing about Malcolm X's life - I had always been intrigued and wanted to educate myself and thanks to this book, a historical novel about Malcolm's early adulthood years, I have a starting point.

This book h
The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany D. Jackson is a compelling and masterfully told story about the formative time he spent in prison during his early adulthood that shaped his path. We first meet Malcolm Little as a young man, hustling and trying to make a good life for himself in Harlem and Roxbury (Boston). He gets caught up in a scheme in Boston and is sentenced to spend 8 years at Charlestown Prison. The book is largely about the time he spent in prison, but flashbacks ...more
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Union County Library
Feb 01, 2022 rated it really liked it
The Awakening of Malcolm X by Ilyasah Shabazz and Tiffany Jackson is the Teen/YA book I have been waiting to see the publishing world put out for a long time. The book brings to life the voice of Malcolm X in his teenage years.

The descriptions and experiences are visceral, whether it is the setting or Malcolm's thoughts and observations. There is appeal in the book based on shedding light on the experiences of his youth that helped shape his philosophies and personality that are widely known to
trigger warnings: incarceration, assassination, forced institutionalization, racism, physical violence, grief, death of parent, medical trauma, police brutality

This was a slow build book. I was very confused and disoriented by the switching timelines early on because I did this in audio but once I caught on, I was hooked. As someone who is only familiar with Malcolm X through what I have learnt in recent anti racist research, this was a great starting point for me to start digging into his writi
Kera’s Always Reading
Jan 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I am going to keep this review short and simple as I feel I don't have the adequate words to surmise this book.

This was incredible and eye opening to the time in Malcom X's life that I wasn't privy to previously. This follows his time in incarceration from 1946-1952 and shows the drastic differences between how black and white prisoners were treated. This follows his journey and love of devouring knowledge, his interactions with other inmates, with his siblings and his introduction into Islamic
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Ilyasah Shabazz, third daughter of Malcolm X, is an activist, producer, motivational speaker, and the author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X and the picture book Malcolm Little: The Boy Who Grew Up to Become Malcolm X. She lives in Westchester County, New York.

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