Spring 2018 Kids’ Indie Next List
“A book written beautifully in free verse by slam-poet Elizabeth Acevedo, The Poet X follows Xiomara, a Dominican-American teen questioning her relationship to God and the church rules that her controlling, deeply religious mother demands she follow. Defying her mother and emotionally absent father, Xiomara continues to seek her true self through a slam poetry group and her writing, with the help of her twin brother, her best friend, and a boy she has to hide from her family. With the lies piling up and the stakes getting higher, you'll root for this smart, strong girl who refuses to remain silent and let others define her.”
— Kelley Drahushuk, The Spotty Dog, Hudson, NY
"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
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.
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.