The Poet X

Written by:
Elizabeth Acevedo
Narrated by:
Elizabeth Acevedo

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
March 2018
3 hours 31 minutes
Don't miss this acclaimed audiobook, read by the author—winner of an Odyssey Honor and an AudioFile Earphones Award winner!

The Poet X is also the 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!
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Siobhan D.

Ms. Acevedo is a brilliant poet and writer, and her narration is gripping. Xiomara and her friends and family feel so real, I was sad when the novel ended.

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This book was so good I caught myself crying remembering some emotions I had before dealing with my parents as a teen. She is a great writer and I hope I get to read more of her work.

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A boring and uninteresting book

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Darling J.

This book is compelling, insightful and brings forward waves of emotion. As a Dominican American this book mirrored so much of my childhood and transported me to my time as a teenager in New York City. Listening to it felt like hearing my own story and helped me feel that I wasn’t alone in so many of my experiences. Acevedo is simply brilliant and writes so beautifully that through her words I discovered pieces of my own story and processed some of my own teenage trauma. Five stars!

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Fantastic YA novel blurring poetry and prose.

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