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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


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Awards & Honors

2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal Winner
2019 CBC Teen Choice Book Award Honor
2019 L.A. Times Book Prize Winner, Young Adult Literature
2019 Indies Choice Award Winner, Book of the Year - Young Adult
2019 Walter Award Winner, Teen
2019 Michael Printz Award Winner
2019 Pura Belpre Award Winner, Text
2019 Golden Kite Award Honor, Young Adult Fiction
ALSC Notable Children's Books - 2019
CCBC Choices 2019 Choice: Fiction for Young Adults
YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction - 2019
MRLS Cream of the Crop - 2019
CSMCL Best Books - 2018
2018 National Book Award Winner
2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner, Fiction and Poetry
Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2018
CPL Best Books, Teen Fiction - 2018
Kirkus Best Books, Young Adult - 2018
NYPL Best Books for Teens - 2018
NPR’s Book Concierge - 2018
School Library Journal Best Books - 2018
Horn Book Fanfare - 2018

Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Booklist, School Library Journal*, Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA), Publishers Weekly*, The Horn Book Magazine*, Kirkus Reviews*

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

N/A

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

HarperTeen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Language: Strong Language, Sexual Content: Strong Sexual Content/Themes, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Drug Use/Abuse, Drugs/Alcohol/Tobacco: Marijuana Use, Violence: Mild Violence

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