The Poet X
Call Number: JUV PS3601.C475 P64 2018
Publication Date: 2018
Pura Belpre Honor 2019; National Book Award: Children Finalist 2018; Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in YA Lit. 2019
"Xiomara Batista feels unheard and unable to hide in her Harlem neighborhood. Ever since her body grew into curves, Xiomara Batista has learned to let her fists and her fierceness do the talking. 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. Mami is determined to force her daughter to obey the laws of the church, and Xiomara understands that her thoughts are best kept to herself. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems."