X by Ilyasah Shabazz audiobook

X: A Novel

By Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon
Read by Ilyasah Shabazz and Dion Graham

Candlewick on Brilliance Audio 9780763669676
8.92 Hours Unabridged
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Winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book 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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Summary

Summary

A National Book Award Longlist Selection

A New York Times Editor’s Choice

Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Winner of the 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work for Youth/Teens
A 2016 Coretta Scott King Author Honor Book

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Powerful and charming—makes you see things in a whole new way. One of the best books I’ve read in quite some time.” Chris Rock
“Malcolm inspired me with his eloquence, his wisdom, and his thirst for truth and righteousness. This powerful, page-turning story tells us how he discovered these qualities within himself.” Muhammad Ali
“This fictionalized account of the boy who became Malcolm X maintains a suspenseful, poetic grip as it shifts among moments in his life between the years 1930 and 1948…A compelling coming-of-age story.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A completely absorbing novel…Readers for whom pre-civil rights America is ancient history will find this poetic interpretation eye-opening and riveting.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“This is an eye-opening look at an important historical figure. The author’s honesty about his early troubles serves to convey that it is possible to rise through adversity to make a positive difference in this world. A worthwhile addition to any collection.” School Library Journal (starred review)
“Depicting the formative years of Malcolm X, narrator Dion Graham captures the great humanity of the civil rights leader…Hooking listeners with his dynamic rendition of the opening scene, Graham portrays Malcolm on the run in Harlem, and then moves deftly between the bravado of his teen years and the vulnerability of his childhood in periodic flashbacks. As the text portrays Malcolm’s keen intelligence as well as the insecurity and pain that drive him, Graham delivers a sensitive performance that keeps the time shifts clear and gives vibrancy to the large cast of characters. The production concludes with historical notes as well as an afterword read by coauthor Ilyasah Shabazz, Malcolm X’s daughter. A gripping, moving, and illuminating production. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“Riveting…Vivid…Malcolm’s voice is often funny, always perceptive, and as appreciative of beauty as he is critical of the disparity between the rights of whites and blacks.” Shelf Awareness

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Author

Author Bio: Ilyasah Shabazz

Author Bio: Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz, daughter of Malcolm X, is an activist, motivational speaker, and author of the critically acclaimed Growing Up X. She promotes higher education, interfaith dialogue, and building bridges between cultures for young leaders of the world. Shabazz serves on the board for the Harlem Symphony Orchestra, is a member of the art committee for the New York City Opera at Lincoln Center, and is a project advisor for the documentary Prince among Slaves. She holds a master of science in education and human resource development and lives in New Rochelle, New York.

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Author Bio: Kekla Magoon

Author Bio: Kekla Magoon

Kekla Magoon has worked with youth-serving nonprofit organizations in New York City and Chicago. She holds an MFA in writing for children from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her first novel, The Rock and the River, won the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for new talent.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Historical
Runtime: 8.92
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Language: English