With the future of Pop's in question, sleep deprivation has Archie on edge -- and increasingly paranoid that someone's out to harm those he loves. Miles and Lara spend some time together and get to second base. One day, years after this story closes, she will marry the man we know as Malcolm X. Shabazz and Watson present 4 formative years of young Betty’s life in this fictionalized biography. Miles doesn’t exactly understand why, but he decides he wants to stay with her, even though he is feeling a bit homesick. They want to do this in order to drink as much as Alaska did that night to see how drunk she really was. The Colonel comes back from spring break with a notebook full of sketches and plans for the upcoming prank on behalf of Alaska. When her father came home, he got mad at her, because her mother was dead and she was in shock, and hadn’t had called 911. When Malcolm is ready, Elijah Muhammad sends him to Boston to aid in the founding of a temple there. Miles arrives at the school as a smart but lonely junior, and he is determined “to seek a Great Perhaps.” At school he befriends Chip (also known as the Colonel), Alaska, and … Alaska and the Colonel get very drunk, and they end up playing truth or dare. 2. Alaska was doodling the flowers, and realizes that she has forgotten her anniversary of her mother’s death, freaks out and goes to drive to the graveyard. The Jury is a group of 12 students elected by the faculty who decide the consequences for non-expellable offenses, like smoking. Miles calls his dad, and asks him to pretend to be Dr. Morse to the Eagle, and his dad agrees, since he was once a student who pulled pranks at Culver Creek. It is revealed that Miles does not excel at small talk or socializing with others. The Colonel does not think that Alaska would have left Jake for Miles, and he tells Miles to get that out of his head. Somehow, Alaska ends up making out with Miles. During spring time, Culver Creek took a Friday afternoon off to let two important people, like politicians or small-time celebrities, do speeches in front of the school. Recommended For: Middle grades, ages 10-12. Miles is very upset because he does not want to make a bad impression upon Dr. Hyde. ~Mary. It takes the reader back to her … Takumi tells Miles he’s tired of him acting as if he was the only guy who ever liked Alaska. It’s 1945, and Detroit and America are going through similar growing pains as Betty herself: her mother’s unfair treatment of her mirrors a little of the white people’s unfair treatment of the blacks. His father and his uncles have attended Culver Creek, the boarding school he is going to attend, so this is family related. The officer who was a witness explains to them that he got out of his cruiser once he saw the car coming straight ahead, and he says he’s never seen anything like it, because she didn’t brake or swerve. Betty Before X | Shabazz, Ilyasah | ISBN: 9781427293688 | Kostenloser Versand für alle Bücher mit Versand und Verkauf duch Amazon. Betty Before X is the story of Dr. Betty Shabazz before she became a figurehead for the Civil Rights Movement. After this event, Miles, Takumi, the Colonel and Alaska head down to the forest to smoke cigarettes. Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR) READ AN EXCERPT → g BUY THE BOOK Hardcover. The group spend the afternoon studying together. They drive two hours together and eventually get his home, which is a trailer. She believes her mother loves her, but she can't shake the feeling that her mother doesn't want her. Average rating. Miles and the Colonel try to find signs in the past that Alaska could have been suicidal. The Colonel tells Miles about a prank that Alaska had wanted to plan, named “Subverting the Patriarchal Paradigm.” The Colonel explains that they should do this prank in memory of her, and they should have one every year as a memorial. Takumi didn’t stop her because he didn’t think she was stupid enough to get into a car that drunk. Two people from his school show up, Marie and Will, but Miles does not feel in any way excited about this. Miles becomes increasingly interested with Alaska and is constantly asking the Colonel questions about her and her background. A sophomore, Lara, a girl from Russia, ends up sitting on Miles’ lap. Miles goes back home for Christmas and spends quality time with his parents. Finally, after all this time, Takumi, Miles and the Colonel find a theory that makes sense to them all. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. Alaska is one of the only students who stays back during the holidays because she does not want to go home. The Eagle explains to Miles that the death was instant, that she hit a cruiser without even swerving, she drove right into it. With thanks to our partners… Full credits. The Colonel sends out twenty letters to the parents about the failing grades, and the group of them go back to the barn, where they set up their sleeping bags, and drink wine. Dr. Hyde gives the student their essay topic for their exam, which is “What is the most important question human beings must answer? The tone is more childlike than the ages presented, but the content and “meat” of the story are robust enough for readers of Betty’s own age. The singing, the preaching, the … She then proceeds to kill herself by going straight into the cruiser because she’s so upset. Amazon; Barnes & Noble; Books-a-Million; Bookshop; … Alaska told Takumi that her mother was dead eight years ago that day and every year she puts flowers on her mother’s grave, and she had forgotten. Miles decides it is best to avoid Lara to save himself the embarrassment. The next day, the Colonel, Takumi, Miles, Alaska and Lara spend their time drinking and just talking. Unless otherwise noted, all website content is copyright © 2011-2021 Redeemed Reader LLC. Eventually, Takumi admits to Miles that Alaska is the one who snitched on Paul and Marya. Some favorite quotations from this story: ‘To be able to design something with your mind and your hands is a powerful skill to have.’ ~spoken by Mrs. Collins, ‘…the easy thing to do is to hold on to disappointments and pain. Chapter … ~Bridgette, I just wanted to thank you for your diligence in helping to promote quality literature that one may not stumble upon on their own. Miles spends some time alone with Alaska and decides to ask her about her first name. Alaska speaks openly to Miles about how degrading porn is towards women, making them seem like objects. On the first day of the new semester, Dr. Hyde tells the class that their essay question for this semester will be the question that Alaska had written about in her final exam for the previous semester : “How will we ever get out of this labyrinth of suffering?”. He says his mother could not bear the thought of having two of the Colonel’s close friends staying behind for Thanksgiving. Summary and Analysis Chapters 4-7 And his jilting of Laura for the white woman Sophia is perhaps the major turning-point of his life in Boston. Miles, Alaska, the Colonel and Dolores share Thanksgiving dinner together. Miles has a breakdown and confesses to the Colonel how much he loved Alaska. Miles gets some rest, and the Colonel tells him about how Sara dumped him. The Colonel tries to get to Alaska’s level of drunk that night, and the Eagle comes by and catches them smoking, however he lets it go and leaves. The hard thing to do is to let it go and forgive. At 11, Betty lives with her abusive mother, Ollie Mae, her stepfather, and several siblings. Miles bumps into Lara by accident, and apologizes to her. Chapter 58- One hundred twenty-two days after. Alaska tries to convince Miles to stay behind at Culver Creek during Thanksgiving. Count your blessings, young lady. Alaska gets kicked out also for pointing out how ridiculous the reasoning was. *Winner of a Parents' Choice Silver Award* "In clear, measured tones, the author recounts Betty's discomfort with her home life and her work with the Housewives League...Shabazz differentiates between Betty and her mother, Ollie Mae Sanders, through pitch and projects the latter's frequent annoyance, showing why Betty often felt underappreciated. The lengthy author’s note gives more background on Betty and helps parse out which characters are real and which ones are based on several characters. In the middle of his speech, Lara interrupts him to say : “You’re hot! She loves music, candy, and her girlfriends and siblings. The next day was the beginning of the new semester. Miles sees that she drew a white daisy. The mother has remarried, moved to Detroit, and had other young daughters. Miles is immediately attracted to her. They light up fireworks in the forest to distract the Eagle from hearing Alaska drive away, and Alaska drives away, drunk and crying. Miles gets distracted by looking outside the window in Dr. Hyde’s class, and gets kicked out for not paying attention. Miles goes to see the Eagle to talk to him about how the Colonel is doing bad in latin because of how hard Alaska’s death has been on him, while the Colonel steals the breathalyzer. Miles becomes increasingly fond of Alaska after spending time alone with her. Alaska explains that her parents could not agree on a name, so they decided to let her choose her own name when she is old enough to do so. The Colonel mixes vodka with his milk to ensure the Eagle can never find it. Learn exactly what happened in this chapter, scene, or section of The Crucible and what it means. ~Tom and Kristin, I am grateful for this thoughtful and wise site. The Eagle calls him, and everything goes as planned. The Colonel gets angry because he can’t believe Sara would believe that, but gets over the situation after a few minutes and a few drinks. Ilyasah Shabazz’s fictionalized account of her mother’s childhood, written... read more. With renowned guests such as Thurgood Marshall and Paul Robeson coming to speak and perform, Betty and her friends are swept up in the fervor and demand for social justice that would become a movement. On Sale: 01/02/2018. Miles eventually gets out, and gets back to his room. The weekend warriors try to make truce with Miles and the Colonel by explaining they pulled the prank on Miles as revenge for the Colonel snitching. However, for the worse day ever, Alaska wins it because she finally explains how when she was younger, she found her mother laying on the floor, jerking, and Alaska froze and sat beside her crying, thinking she has fallen asleep after she had stopped moving. In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty’s house doesn’t quite feel like home. Miles and the Colonel decide to walk to Pelham Police Department in search for witnesses of that night. Takumi admits to Miles and the Colonel that he knows they set off the fireworks that night, and he also says he let her go too. Written by Malcolm X’s daughter, this piece of historical fiction paints a picture of the American civil rights movement through the eyes of a child. That night, Alaska comes to Miles and the Colonel’s room, to have drinks in order to celebrate the success of their pre-prank. The Eagle lets the Colonel know that Alaska’s aunt is coming by her dorm to pick her up her stuff, so Miles and him should clean it out first if there are things she wouldn’t want her family to find. Alaska comes up with a plan to put blue industrial strength hair dye in their hair products while they’re away. At the end of the night, Miles and Lara share a sleeping bag together, start kissing and eventually Miles asks Lara to be his girlfriend, and she agrees. In the end, Miles forgives Alaska and hopes he will forever remember her. Miles explains what exactly the jury is. Chapter Fourteen: A Kiss Before Dying 42m. Miles meets Alaska’s father for the first time, and he explains that she has a closed casket because at her mother’s funeral, it was open casket and Alaska made her dad promise to never let her have an open casket funeral. The note is from Takumi and indicates a lot of important information for Miles. The Colonel reveals that they have exhausted all other strategies and it is time for him to call Jake and find out what he knows. This was a really great middle grade historical fiction novel about the wife of Malcolm X before she met him. Miles is overly happy because he gets to share a bed with Alaska, although nothing happens between them. Betty moves in with a neighbor, joins the Housewives Leagues, and starts to mature into someone who speaks up for her own rights and the rights of her people. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. Miles spends some time with Takumi. This reminds him more and more of Alaska. The Colonel wins the best day ever because he explains how his best day will be when he buys his mother a house. The Colonel still wants revenge. The gang gathers to support a shaken Archie as Fred fights for his life, prompting Jughead and Betty to dig deeper into the gunman's motives. They end up playing a drinking game, where everyone shares their best day ever, and their worse day ever. Church helps those worries fade, if only for a little while. Chapter Fifteen: Nighthawks 42m. After hearing some noises in the bush, the Eagle comes out and catches them smoking. When she reads ahead for you, she uses sticky notes instead of book darts and willfully dog ears pages even in library books. Betty Before X (Book) : Shabazz, Ilyasah : In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Bettys house doesnt quite feel like home. Miles tells him he’s sorry, but he cannot get himself to tell Takumi the whole story, about how he let her go that night. Miles and the Colonel come up with a plan to get booze and steal the Eagle’s breathalyzer. Alaska tells Miles that they are going on a triple date on Friday : him and Lara, Alaska and her boyfriend Jake, The Colonel and Sara, and Takumi who will be tagging along. Alaska had done something that could have sent her home, but the Eagle asks her for any information she had in order to stay at the boarding school, so she ratted them out. The only things Miles knew about the pre-prank is that it would be called “The Barn”, and that when they are ready for it, he should pack for two days. Book Talk//Betty Before X by Ilyasah Shabazz with Renee Watson. I think maybe we make Him sad when we don’t like how He made us, like we’re telling Him that what He created was wrong.’ ~spoken by Betty, Cautions: none (but do read the final paragraph of the review). Name them one by one–even the small things. It will be worth pointing out to young readers that Betty eventually converts to Islam; her neighbors’ Christian faith, though, was a powerful influence on her young life and is acknowledged in the author’s note. Alaska also tells Miles that she somehow manages to screw everything up, but Miles can’t figure out exactly what she is referring to. The Colonel proposes that he should call Jake to find out if she had called him that night, but Miles wants nothing to do with him. Miles is not able to do much after Alaska’s death. Miles still hopes to find an answer to the mystery of her death, and won’t give up, even though the Colonel is out of ideas. All rights reserved. I have read this book. The pre-prank is to light fireworks so that the Eagle comes out to find out who is doing it, and while this happens, the Colonel breaks into the faculty computer network to send out letters to the weekend warrior’s families to tell them they’re failing classes. His mother throws him a going away party. He writes about how he saw Alaska that night too, at the phone booth, and she was extremely sad. Chapter 4 - One hundred twenty-six days before. They conclude that it was not a suicide. Miles expresses about how deeply he hates everything about sports. When you see something happening that you think is wrong, you do something good about it to make it right….’ ~ spoken by Mrs. Malloy, ‘I think God made us the way He wanted us to be. Betty Before X tells the story of young Betty Dean Sanders in the years between her birth in 1934 and the age of 14. The date was going well until Miles get hit in the face by the basketball and ends up with a concussion. Lara, Miles, the Colonel and Takumi spend most their time studying together, and not talking much. The author’s note also discusses Malcolm X and Betty’s conversion to Islam. Miles goes inside and buys cigarettes. Hype approaches Miles to let him know that he needs to pay attention to the class because he can tell that he enjoys the class, but has to stay focused. While it is a work of fiction, it is was inspired by real-life events with characters that are based on real people. For another well done biography of a leader in the black community, see Facing Frederick by Tonya Bolden. Take off your clothes!” Maxx starts stripping in front of the school, and shouts : “This one’s for Alaska Young.” The Eagle gets the crowd to eventually calm down. Ilyasah Shabazz (left), third daughter of Malcolm X and Dr. Betty Shabazz, is an educator, activist, motiva-tional speaker, ... chapter, scene, or stanza ﬁ ts into the overall structure of a text and contributes to the development of the theme, setting, or plot. Miles, Alaska, Takumi and the Colonel go out by the lake to smoke. Perfect for acing essays, tests, and quizzes, as well as for writing lesson plans. Betty Before X (Book) : Shabazz, Ilyasah : "In Detroit, 1945, eleven-year-old Betty's house doesn't quite feel like home. Miles, Takumi and the Colonel go see the Eagle in order to tell him they will be at the Colonel’s trailer this weekend, so that they could execute the pre-prank without the Eagle being able to accuse them. Alaska states that she’s tired to Miles, and tells him that this will be continued later. Miles attends his french class, his world religions class and his biology class. Two people from his school show up, Marie … A vocabulary list featuring "Betty Before X" by Ilyasah Shabazz and Renée Watson, Chapters 19–23. Dr. The Colonel explains to Miles how he has managed to get kicked out of every basketball game since he’s been at the school, because of his behavior and attempts to distract the visitor team. He says goodbye to his parents and gets settled into his new dorm room, room 43. Alaska lets Miles know that she is going to try and set him up with Lara, the russian girl. Miles is leaving his home and his parents in Florida to attend a boarding school in Alabama. 3. Miles mentions François Rabelais, a poet, who’s last words were “I go to seek a Great Perhaps”. With 24 hours left before handing in his religion essay, Miles has not started yet. The Colonel comes up with a new theory regarding Alaska’s death. 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