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The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
“If your New Year’s resolution involves reading more diverse books, you can’t do better than this brand-new young adult novel-in-verse by poet Acevedo, whom I saw speak last weekend at the American Library Association’s Midwinter Conference. Tough and independent, daughter of Dominican immigrant parents, Xiomara at almost 16 is trying to negotiate growing doubts about her mother’s beloved Catholic church, her own burgeoning (and forbidden) interest in boys, her twin brother’s secret–and most of all her growing itch to write poetry, something she’s sure her parents will never understand. Beautifully written, this coming-of-age story begs to be listened to as well as read. I devoured it in one sitting the night after I heard Acevedo’s talk.”
–Terzah, Collection Development
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