Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking.


But X has secrets – her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight.


Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.


A novel about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, no matter how hard it is to say.


Brave, bold and beautifully written - dealing with issues of race, feminism and faith.


“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


'A story that will slam the power of poetry and love back into your heart.' - Laurie Halse Anderson, author of Speak and Chains


'Acevedo breathes words instead of air' - Lisa Heathfield, author of award-winning Paper Butterflies


‘Powerful, finely crafted verse . . . Readers will yearn to finish this verse novel in a single sitting, but its echoes will remain with them much longer’ Guardian


ELIZABETH ACEVEDO was born and raised in New York City and her poetry is infused with Dominican bolero and her beloved city’s tough grit.


The Poet X is her debut novel and a National Book Award winner.

Elizabeth Acevedo - Poet X (AGE 13+)