X: A Biography of Malcolm X

by Jessica Gunderson

Part of a Series: American Graphic.

The graphic novel format of this book makes a difficult period and a controversial figure more accessible. It covers the main issues of the leader’s life, beginning with his journey to Mecca in 1964 and moving back and forth in time to cover his imprisonment and conversion to Islam, membership in the Nation of Islam, early hate-filled attitude and advice to followers, and eventual embrace of nonviolent change. The graphic novel portion of the book closes with the man’s murder and funeral, which is followed by a page of regular text that describes Malcolm X’s difficult early life, his criminal activities as a young man, and his legacy. The title’s striking images and easy-to-read text impart many details about the era, and include numerous quotes in yellow speech bubbles that allow students to find primary source information without interrupting the flow of the story (citations are found on the verso of the title page). An engaging biography that will also serve to introduce graphic novels to young readers.

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ISBN: 9781429654715

JLG Release: September 2011

JLG Member Price

Out of Print

Series Nonfiction: Social Studies 3-5

Grades 3-5


12 books / $20.25 a book

  • Book Details







    Graphic Library

    Page Count


    Trim Size

    7" x 9"

    Dewey Classification


    Accelerated Reader

    Level: 4.1, Points: 0.5

    Scholastic Reading Counts

    Level: 4.7, Points: 3


    Level: GN650L

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