The Poet X
Books | Young Adult Fiction / Novels in Verse
Winner of the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, and the Pura Belpré Award!Fans of Jacqueline Woodson, Meg Medina, and Jason Reynolds will fall hard for this astonishing New York Times-bestselling novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet, about an Afro-Latina heroine who tells her story with blazing words and powerful truth. 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. But she still 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.“Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice.” —Justina Ireland, author of Dread Nation“An incredibly potent debut.” —Jason Reynolds, author of the National Book Award Finalist Ghost“Acevedo has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero.” —Ibi Zoboi, author of American StreetThis young adult novel, a selection of the Schomburg Center's Black Liberation Reading List, is an excellent choice for accelerated tween readers in grades 6 to 8.Plus don't miss Elizabeth Acevedo's With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land!
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"3.75 - <br/><br/>I normally don’t enjoy books that are in poems. It’s hard for me to get into because poets like to use enters in strange ways. I don’t know how but I somehow got really into this book. <br/><br/>The best parts about this book is the raw emotions and the brutal honesty. It was hard to read in some spots because of the content. Xiomara’s mother for most of the book does not treat her kindly. I also didn’t like some of Xiomara’s choices although I understand where she’s coming from. <br/><br/>The ending was really good, though, and made up for a lot of things."
"Just like the Poet X, I feel seen, as will others who read this."
"Elizabeth Acevedo's debut novel, "The Poet X," tells the story of a young girl named Xiomara Batista as she navigates societal expectations and struggles with self-expression and personal identity. Set in Harlem, the book delves into Xiomara's thoughts, fears, and dreams, highlighting her love for poetry as a means of finding solace and self-discovery. Acevedo's use of verse adds depth and emotion to the story, allowing readers to connect with Xiomara on a personal level. The novel fearlessly explores themes of religion, gender roles, and the power of words, shedding light on the challenges faced by young women of color. While the book captivates readers, there are instances where the pacing could be improved. Nevertheless, "The Poet X" is an impressive debut that explores the importance of self-expression and embracing one's true voice. It is a must-read for young adults and poetry enthusiasts, leaving a lasting impact and encouraging readers to embrace their authenticity."