Malcolm X by Walter Dean Myers
A Fire Burning Brightly

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"We never can win freedom and justice and equality until we are doing something for ourselves!"

Malcolm X learned from his father that black people should demand equality by taking their lives and futures into their own hands. Malcolm believed in this idea. It was one he lived by.

Though Malcolm faced hard times growing up and even went to jail, he turned his life around. He read books and combined lessons he'd learned from his father and from the religious leader Elijah Muhammad. Soon Malcolm would become a powerful leader in the struggle for blacks to achieve equality.

Malcolm died tragically when he was only thirty-nine, but his beliefs live on today. Walter Dean Myers's evenhanded narrative and Leonard Jenkins's striking paintings celebrate the man and the fiery message he brought to all people of color.

 

About Walter Dean Myers

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Walter Dean Myers is the New York Times bestselling author of Monster, the winner of the first Michael L. Printz Award, the current National Ambassador for Young People's Literature, and inaugural NYC Literary Honoree. Myers has received every single major award in the field of children's literature. He is the author of two Newbery Honor Books and five Coretta Scott King Awardees. He is the recipient of the Margaret A. Edwards Award for lifetime achievement in writing for young adults and is a three-time National Book Award Finalist as well as the first-ever recipient of the Coretta Scott King–Virginia Hamilton Award for Lifetime Achievement. He was the 2010 United States nominee for the Hans Christian Andersen Award, and is considered one of the preeminent writers for young people. Walter lives in Jersey City, New Jersey, with his family. Leonard Jenkins received his B.F.A. from the American Academy of Art in Chicago. He is the illustrator of Sunflower Island by Carol Greene, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly. Mr. Jenkins lives in New York City.
 
Published January 5, 2000 by HarperCollins. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Political & Social Sciences, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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use Rummel's Malcolm X (1989) for historical background, but steer readers to Myers for a sense of the rage and frustration that fueled Malcolm X's brief career.

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With but a light sprinkling of names and dates, Myers condenses his Malcolm X: By Any Means Necessary (1993) to picture- book length.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this excellent picture-book biography, Myers focuses on the challenging childhood of Malcolm Little, who would grow up to be Malcolm X, and draws upon the man's own words to illustrate his l

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Publishers Weekly

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In a starred review, PW admired this ""carefully researched biography,"" which, ""with incisive, precise prose...

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In this excellent picture-book biography, Myers focuses on the challenging childhood of Malcolm Little, who would grow up to be Malcolm X, and draws upon the man's own words to illustrate his leadership qualities.

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Entertainment Weekly

Many Thousand Gone: A+ Sweet Clara and the Freedom Quilt: A Bury My Bones But Keep My Words: A Father and Son: A Malcolm X: A- Freedom's Children: A Originally posted Feb 05, 1993 Published in issue #156 Feb 05, 1993 Order article reprints

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Common Sense Media

In that sense, this picture book takes an important step in acknowledging Malcolm X's message.

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Parents also can talk about Malcolm X in comparison with other civil rights leaders, like Martin Luther King Jr.

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