Unhide-able, unheard—until, through the power of her poetry, unleashed. Meet Xiomara Batista, heroine of our April selection, The Poet X, Elizabeth Acevedo’s debut novel-in-verse. With a few short lines scribbled in her notebook, this Harlem teenager speaks volumes about growing up, falling in love, and finding strength in family while breaking free of expectations.
The Poet X received the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children’s Literature, and the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award.
Pick up a copy at the Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, or our own little free library at Elementz, and make plans to join our youth-led book chat at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 28, via Zoom. (You might win a WVXU/D&M swag bag, including a copy of our May book, A Thousand Beginnings and Endings: 15 Retellings of Asian Myths and Legends, edited by Ellen Oh and Elsie Chapman).
Click here for more by Elizabeth Acevedo.
An interview of the author by VOX ATL: