with Kekla Magoon. 8 CDs. 8:56 hrs. Brilliance. 2015. $14.99. ISBN 9781491502457.
Gr 8 Up—Shabazz, the third daughter of Malcolm X, has novelized her famous father's coming-of-age years. Born Malcolm Little in 1925, Malcolm grew up in Detroit, MI, where his father was shot when he was six and his mother was institutionalized when he was 13. Malcolm spent his remaining school years in Michigan foster homes, becoming class president and earning straight As. Eventually Malcolm moved to Boston to live with his half-sister, Ella, where he chose the fast-paced Roxbury night life over his sister and her Society Hill friends. He fell into drinking, drugging, hustling, and landed in prison. Actor Dion Graham reads with a huge amount of emotion and creates a believable Malcolm.
VERDICT Strong language and sexual references make this book more appropriate for high school than junior high. Students may want to read The Autobiography of Malcolm X or Shabazz's Growing Up X (Random, 2002) for the rest of the story.

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