The Poet X
By Elizabeth Acevedo
The National Book Award–winning debut novel by renowned poet Elizabeth Acevedo, about a young girl in Harlem who discovers slam poetry as a way to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world.
The New York Times bestselling sensation that Laurie Halse Anderson calls “A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart”!
Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, she has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But Xiomara has plenty she wants to say, and she pours all her frustration and passion onto the pages of a leather notebook, reciting the words to herself like prayers—especially after she catches feelings for a boy in her bio class named Aman, who her family can never know about. With Mami’s determination to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself.
So when she is invited to join her school’s slam poetry club, she doesn’t know how she could ever attend without her mami finding out, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.
Because in the face of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent.
Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing OwnVoices novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth.
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Paperback, Young Adult Fiction / Novels In Verse, Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8 And Up
0.9" H x 8.0" L x 5.25" W (0.64 lbs) 384 pages
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