The Poet X

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

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.

ISBN: 9780062662804

JLG Release: Jun 2018


Sensitive Areas: Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Drug dealing, Marijuana, Corporal punishment

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Book List, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

School Library Journal

[STARRED REVIEW]
Magnificently crafted, Acevedo’s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl’s path to poetry. Sophomore Xiomara Batista is simultaneously invisible and hyper visible at home, school, and in her largely Dominican community in Harlem—her body is “unhide-able“ she tells readers
[STARRED REVIEW]
Magnificently crafted, Acevedo’s bildungsroman in verse is a stunning account of a teen girl’s path to poetry. Sophomore Xiomara Batista is simultaneously invisible and hyper visible at home, school, and in her largely Dominican community in Harlem—her body is “unhide-able“ she tells readers early on, yet she bristles at how others project their desires, insecurities, failures, patriarchal attitudes toward her. Though she is quick to battle and defend herself and her twin brother Xavier, Xiomara’s inner life sensitively grapples with these projections and the expectations of her strict, religious mother. Acevedo’s depiction of a faith in crisis is exceedingly relatable and teens, especially those going through the sacrament of Confirmation, will deeply appreciate Xiomara’s thoughtful questioning of the Church and how it treats women. Forbidden kisses with a crush and an impromptu performance at an open mic prove to be euphoric, affirming moments for Xiomara: “it’s beautiful and real and what I wanted.“ Acevedo’s poetry is skillfully and gorgeously crafted, each verse can be savored on its own, but together they create a portrait of a young poet sure to resonate with readers long after the book’s end. VERDICT Truly a “lantern glowing in the dark“ for aspiring poets everywhere. All YA collections will want to share and treasure this profoundly moving work.—Della Farrell, School Library Journal

Book Details

ISBN

9780062662804

First Release

June 2018

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

368

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 5;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 6.3; Points: 10;

Lexile

Level HL800L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperTeen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Drug dealing, Marijuana, Corporal punishment

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