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The Poet X

(2018)
A novel by

 
 
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 Street

This 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, in the classroom or for homeschooling.

Plus don't miss Elizabeth Acevedo's With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land!

Genre: Young Adult Fiction

Praise for this book

"A story that will slam the power of poetry and look back into your heart." - Laurie Halse Anderson

"Crackles with energy and snaps with authenticity and voice. Every poem in this stunningly addictive and deliciously rhythmic verse novel begs to be read aloud. Xiomara is a protagonist who readers will cheer for at every turn. As X might say, Acevedo’s got bars. Don’t pass this one by." - Justina Ireland

"A glorious achievement. This is a story about what it means to be a writer and how to survive when it feels like the whole world’s turned against you." - Daniel José Older

"Though vivid with detail about family, love, and culture, The Poet X is more of an exploration of when the poet becomes the poem... Acevedo delivers an incredibly potent debut." - Jason Reynolds

"I fell in love at slam poetry. This one will stay with you a long time." - Angie Thomas

"In The Poet X, Acevedo skillfully sculpts powerful, self-contained poems into a masterpiece of a story, and has amplified the voices of girls en el barrio who are equal parts goddess, saint, warrior, and hero." - Ibi Zoboi


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May 2019 : USA Library Binding
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Title: The Poet X (Thorndike Press Large Print Literacy Bridge)
Author(s): Elizabeth Acevedo
ISBN: 1-4328-6458-0 / 978-1-4328-6458-3 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Poet X
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April 2020 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Poet X
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ISBN: 0-06-266281-3 / 978-0-06-266281-1 (USA edition)
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Title: The Poet X - WINNER OF THE CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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March 2018 : USA Audio CD
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Title: The Poet X
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ISBN: 1-5385-0023-X / 978-1-5385-0023-1 (USA edition)
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March 2018 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: The Poet X
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ISBN: 1-5385-0022-1 / 978-1-5385-0022-4 (USA edition)
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Title: The Poet X
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Title: The Poet X
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March 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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