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Malcolm X : rights activist and Nation of Islam leader
Physical Description:
112 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
By any means necessary -- Volatile childhood -- Life of crime -- The Nation of Islam -- Opposing messages -- Growing tensions -- A changed man -- Assassination -- The legacy of Malcolm X.
Reading Level:
1120 L Lexile
Personal Subject:
Presents the life, philosophy, assassination, and legacy of the African American activist and leader who advocated Black nationalism.


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This biography examines the remarkable life of Malcolm X using easy-to-read, compelling text. Through striking black-and-white images and rich color photographs, readers will learn about Malcolm X's family background, childhood, education, and role as a human rights activist and nation of Islam leader. Informative sidebars enhance and support the text. Features include a table of contents, timeline, facts page, glossary, bibliography, and an index. Aligned to Common Core Standards and correlated to state standards.Essential Library is an imprint of Abdo Publishing, a division of ABDO.

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Horn Book Review

Though sometimes repetitive (Estie) or awkwardly written (Malcolm X), these standard-issue biographies, illustrated with stock photographs, do offer balanced portraits of their subjects and will be useful for report writers. With fewer years to cover, Malala includes chapters on Pakistan, Islam, and the Taliban. The many sidebars are informative if somewhat distracting. Reading list, timelime. Bib., glos., ind. [Review covers these Essential Lives titles: Estie Lauder, Jonas Salk, Malcolm X, and Malala Yousafzai.] (c) Copyright 2014. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

More than a string of fact and dates, the Essential Lives series reveals the influences that shaped each individual and how, in turn, each individual shaped American history. Complemented by archival photos and clear narration, these biographies begin with a snapshot in time to pique interest before continuing along with chronological coverage. Malcolm X describes how a young Malcolm Little, abandoned after his father died (presumably murdered by the KKK) and his mother was institutionalized, turned to a life of crime. The text focuses on his conversion to the Nation of Islam and his eventual roles as charismatic minister and civil rights activist. The balanced treatment does not shy away from controversy as it compares and contrasts Malcolm X's and Martin Luther King Jr.'s approaches to civil rights. This series does an excellent job of depicting each individual as a nuanced human rather than an icon.--Leeper, Angela Copyright 2010 Booklist

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 By Any Means Necessaryp. 6
Chapter 2 Volatile Childhoodp. 18
Chapter 3 Life of Crimep. 28
Chapter 4 The Nation of Islamp. 38
Chapter 5 Opposing Messagesp. 50
Chapter 6 Growing Tensionsp. 60
Chapter 7 A Changed Manp. 70
Chapter 8 Assassinationp. 78
Chapter 9 The Legacy of Malcom Xp. 88
Timelinep. 96
Essential Factsp. 100
Glossaryp. 102
Additional Resourcesp. 104
Source Notesp. 106
Indexp. 10
About the Authorp. 112
About the Consultantp. 112
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