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The Poet X Paperback – 7 April 2020

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  • Paperback : 384 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0062662813
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0062662811
  • Product Dimensions : 13.49 x 2.2 x 20.32 cm
  • Publisher : Quill Tree Books (7 April 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Reading level : 14 - 17 years
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★ "Debut novelist Acevedo's free verse gives Xiomara's coming-of-age story an undeniable pull, its emotionally charged bluntness reflecting her determination and strength. At its heart, this is a complex and sometimes painful exploration of love in its many forms, with Xiomara's growing love for herself reigning supreme."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)

★ "Themes as diverse as growing up first-generation American, Latinx culture, sizeism, music, burgeoning sexuality, and the power of the written and spoken word are all explored with nuance. Poignant and real, beautiful and intense."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"A powerful, heartwarming tale of a girl not afraid to reach out and figure out her place in the world."--Booklist

"The force and intensity behind her words practically pushes them off the page, resulting in a verse novel that is felt as much as it is heard. This is a book from the heart, and for the heart."--New York Times Book Review

"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, author of American Street

★ "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."--School Library Journal (starred review)

★ "In nearly every poem, there is at least one universal truth about adolescence, family, gender, race, religion, or sexuality that will have readers either nodding in grateful acknowledgment or blinking away tears."--Horn Book (starred review)

★ "The Poet X is beautiful and true--a splendid debut."--Shelf Awareness (starred review)

"The Poet X is beautiful and true--a splendid debut."--School Library Journal (starred review)

"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, author of the Shadowshaper Cypher series

About the Author

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X--which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award--as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.

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