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X: A Novel

By Kyle Jackson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Thrilling and tragic novel about Malcolm X's troubled youth.

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Coauthors Ilyasah Shabazz and Kekla Magoon have crafted a deep and riveting story that provides a window into the tumultuous upbringing of one of the 20th century's towering figures.The writing is stellar throughout, filled with heartbreaking commentary on the frustration and despair faced by young African-American men, a topic still quite relevant today, decades after Malcolm's assassination. The book touches on very mature themes, including violence against interracial couples, getting high and dealing drugs, and the prevalence of lynching and Ku Klux Klan terrorism, making it best for teens interested in exploring the complexities of racism and fractured families.

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