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Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz
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really liked it
bookshelves: autobiography-biography

I really enjoyed this book about Betty Shabazz's childhood. It was nice to see a different view of African-American life in the 1940s, one that is not focused on poverty. Betty's family and friends seemed to be part of a working/middle class, a perspective that is not often shown in kid lit.

The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because as an adult, I think I enjoyed it a little more because I knew who Betty was, and I'm not sure if a child would enjoy it in the same way. They do a wonderful job at the end of the book letting the reading know how the rest of Betty's life went, as well as what parts of the book may have been fictional.
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Reading Progress

January 7, 2018 – Shelved
January 7, 2018 – Shelved as: to-read
March 26, 2018 – Started Reading
March 27, 2018 – Finished Reading
June 17, 2018 – Shelved as: autobiography-biography

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