X: A Novel
by Ilyasah Al-Shabazz, Illustrated by Kekla Magoon
- Coretta Scott King Award Winning Book 2016
- Honored by the National Book Awards in 2015
- An NAACP Image Award Honored Book
Publication Date: Jan 06, 2015
List Price: $16.99
Format: Hardcover, 384 pages
Imprint: Candlewick Press
Publisher: Walker Books
Parent Company: Walker Books
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Cowritten by Malcolm X’s daughter, this riveting and revealing novel follows the formative years of the man whose words and actions shook the world.
Malcolm Little’s parents have always told him that he can achieve anything, but from what he can tell, that’s a pack of lies—after all, his father’s been murdered, his mother’s been taken away, and his dreams of becoming a lawyer have gotten him laughed out of school. There’s no point in trying, he figures, and lured by the nightlife of Boston and New York, he escapes into a world of fancy suits, jazz, girls, and reefer. But Malcolm’s efforts to leave the past behind lead him into increasingly dangerous territory. Deep down, he knows that the freedom he’s found is only an illusion—and that he can’t run forever.
X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment for theft at age twenty, when he found the faith that would lead him to forge a new path and command a voice that still resonates today.
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