Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly

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"I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown, nor red."

This was just one of the messages that Malcolm X brought to people of color. He lived by the idea that black people should demand equality by taking their lives and futures into their own hands. With guidance from the religious leader Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm became one of the most powerful leaders of the civil rights movement during the 1950s ...

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Overview

"I believe in recognizing every human being as a human being, neither white, black, brown, nor red."

This was just one of the messages that Malcolm X brought to people of color. He lived by the idea that black people should demand equality by taking their lives and futures into their own hands. With guidance from the religious leader Elijah Muhammad, Malcolm became one of the most powerful leaders of the civil rights movement during the 1950s and 1960s, and his beliefs live on today.

Award-winning author Walter Dean Myers, together with illustrator Leonard Jenkins, delivers a straightforward and compelling portrayal of one of America's most influential figures.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
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. Jenkins's lifelike portraits and often clashing color combinations effectively convey the unrest of the man and his times. Ages 5-8. (Jan.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature - Children's Literature
Strong words and bold illustrations combine to make this a memorable biography. The book takes us from Malcolm's tragic childhood through transformations that first turn this bright child into a prison convict, later into an avid learner, and finally, the Muslim leader who altered black history forever. Myers does a great job of blending into this biography how Malcolm was impacted by society and the impact he later had on the world. Malcolm's quotes are peppered throughout the telling and Myers' fiery writing reflects the passion of the man who often inflamed those whose lives he touched. 2000, HarperCollins, Ages 6 to 10, $15.95. Reviewer: Susie Wilde
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This powerful picture biography of Malcolm X is superbly told. Impartial, creative, and informative biographies such as this play a valuable part in children's education. 2000, HarperCollins Children's Books, $15.95. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: A. Braga SOURCE: Parent Council, September 2001 (Vol. 9, No. 1)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780060562014
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/23/2003
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 780,142
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Five-time Coretta Scott King Award winner Walter Dean Myers was the acclaimed author of a wide variety of nonfiction and fiction for young people. His nonfiction includes We Are America: A Tribute from the Heart; Now Is Your Time!: The African-American Struggle for Freedom; I've Seen the Promised Land: The Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Ida B. Wells: Let the Truth Be Told; Malcolm X: A Fire Burning Brightly; and Patrol: An American Soldier in Vietnam, a Jane Addams Children's Book Award winner. His illustrious list of young adult novels includes Darius & Twig; All the Right Stuff; Lockdown; Dope Sick; Autobiography of My Dead Brother; the New York Times bestseller Monster, which was the first winner of the Michael L. Printz Award; and many more. He was the 2012-2013 National Ambassador for Young People's Literature and an inaugural NYC Literary Honoree.

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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2007

    Missed the mark

    I got this book to help introduce Malcolm X to my 8yr old, but it failed to present the scope of this incredible person. The pictures were distractingly abstract and the writing was boring. It glossed over key points too quickly. Overall, I am still looking for a decent and inspiring childrens book on him.

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