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, 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. X follows Malcolm from his childhood to his imprisonment 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. Cowritten by Malcolm X's daughter.
Age Range: 14 and up | Grade Level: 9 and up | Lexile Measure: HL580L