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The poet X : a novel

Author: Elizabeth Acevedo
Publisher: New York, NY : HarperTeen, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018] ©2018
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : Juvenile audience : English : First editionView all editions and formats
Novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo, about Afro-Latina Xiomara Batista who turns to journalling poetry.

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Genre/Form: Young adult fiction
Fiction 13+
Juvenile works
Novels in verse
Young adult works
Teenage Fiction
Juvenile fiction
Material Type: Fiction, Juvenile audience
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elizabeth Acevedo
ISBN: 9780062662804 0062662805 9780062662811 0062662813 9780062662828 0062662821
OCLC Number: 989963667
Awards: ALSC Notable Children's Book, 2019
Amelia Bloomer Top Ten, 2019
Américas Award, 2019
Boston Globe-Horn Book Fiction and Poetry Award, 2018
Chicago Public Library Best Teen Fiction, 2018
CILIP Carnegie Medal Nominee, 2019
CSMCL Best Books, 2018
Horn Book Fanfare List, 2018
Kirkus Prize Finalist for Young Readers' Literature, 2018
Lambda Literary Award Nominee for LGBTQ Children's/Young Adult, 2019
Lincoln Award: Illinois Teen Readers' Choice Nominee, 2020
Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Young Adult Literature Winner, 2018
Michael L. Printz Award, 2019
National Book Award Winner for Young People's Literature, 2018
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens, 2018
New York Public Library Best Books for Teens: Top Ten, 2018
New York Times Book Review Notable Children's Books: Young Adult, 2018
NPR Best Books, 2018
Publisher's Weekly Best Young Adult Book, 2018
Pura Belpré Author Award, 2019
School Library Journal's Best Books, 2018
Walter Award, Teen Category, 2019
Waterstones Children's Book Prize, Older Fiction Shortlist, 2019
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019
YALSA Top Ten Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2019
Target Audience: HL800L
Description: 361 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Part I. In the beginning was the word: Friday, August 24: Stoop-sitting ; Unhide-able ; Mira, muchacha ; Names ; The first words ; Mami works --
Tuesday, August 28: Confirmation class ; God ; "Mami," I say to her on the walk home ; When you're born to old parents ; When you're born to old parents, continued ; When you're born to old parents, continued again ; The last word on being born to old parents ; Rumor has it --
Tuesday, September 4: First confirmation class ; Father Sean ; Haiku ; Boys ; Caridad and I shouldn't be friends ; Questions I have --
Wednesday, September 5: Night before the first day of school --
Thursday, September 6: H.S ; Ms. Galiano ; Rough draft of assignment 1 : write about the most impactful day of your life ; Final draft of assignment 1 (what I actually turn in) ; The routine ; Altar boy ; Twin's name ; More about Twin --
Tuesday, September 11: It's only the first week of tenth grade ; How I feel about attention --
Saturday, September 15: Games ; After ; Okay? --
Sunday, September 16: On Sunday ; During communion ; Church mass ; Not even close to haikus ; Holy water ; People say ; On Papi ; All over a damn water --
Monday, September 17: The flyer ; After the buzz dies down --
Tuesday, September 18: Aman ; Whispering with Caridad later that day ; What Twin be knowing ; Sharing ; Questions for Ms. Galiano ; Spoken word ; Wait ; Holding a poem in your hand ; J. Cole vs. Kendrick Lamar ; Asylum ; What I tell Aman ; Dreaming of him tonight --
Thursday, September 20: The thing about dreams ; Date ; Mami's dating rules ; Clarification on dating rules --
Friday, September 21: Feeling myself. Part II. And the word was made flesh: Smoke parks ; I decided a long time ago ; Why Twin is a terrible twin ; Why Twin is a terrible twin, for real ; Why Twin is a terrible twin (last and most important reason) ; But why Twin is still the only boy I'll ever love --
Sunday, September 23: Communication ; About A --
Monday, September 24: Catching feelings ; Notes with Aman --
Tuesday, September 25: What I didn't say to Caridad in confirmation class Lectures ; Ms. Galiano's sticky note on top of assignment 1 ; Sometimes someone says something --
Friday, September 28: Listening ; Mother business And then he does ; Warmth --
Tuesday, October 9: The next couple of weeks ; Eve ; I think the story of Genesis is mad stupid ; As we are packing to leave ; Father Sean ; Answers ; Rough draft assignment 2 : last paragraphs of my biography ; Final draft of assignment 2 (What I actually turn in) ; Hands ; Fingers --
Tuesday, October 16: Talking church ; Swoon ; Telephone ; Over breakfast ; Angry cat, happy X --
Friday, October 19: About being in like ; Music --
Tuesday, October 23: Ring the alarm ; The day ; Wants ; At my train stop ; What I don't tell Aman ; Kiss stamps ; The last fifteen-year-old ; Concerns ; What Twin knows ; Hanging over my head --
Friday, October 26: Friday ; Black & blue ; Tight --
Saturday, October 27: Excuses ; Costume ready ; Reuben's house party ; One dance ; Stoop-sitting--with Aman ; Convos with Caridad --
Sunday, October 28: Braiding --
Monday, October 29: Fights ; Scrapping ; What we don't say ; Gay ; Feeling off when Twin is mad ; Rough draft of assignment 3 : describe someone you consider misunderstood by society ; Final draft of assignment 3 (what I actually turn in) --
Wednesday, November 7: Announcements ; Ice-skating ; Until ; Love --
Thursday, November 8: Around and around we go ; After skating ; This body on fire ; The shit & the fan ; Miracles ; Fear ; Ants ; I am no ant ; Diplomas ; Cuero ; Mami says ; Repetition ; Another thing you think while your kneeling on rice that have nothing to do with repentance Things you think while your kneeling on rice that have nothing to do with repentance ; The last thing you think while your kneeling on rice that have nothing to do with repentance ; Leaving ; What do you need from me? ; Consequences ; Late that night --
Friday, November 9: In front of my locker. Part III. The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Silent world --
Sunday, November 11: Heavy ; My confession ; Father Sean says ; Prayers ; How I can tell ; Before we walk in the house ; My heart is a hand --
Wednesday, November 14: A poem Mami will never read ; In translation ; Heartbreak ; Reminders ; Writing ; What I'd like to tell Aman when he sends another apology message --
Wednesday, November 21: Favors ; Pulled back --
Thursday, November 22: On Thanksgiving ; Haiku : the best part about Thanksgiving was when Mami ; Rough draft of assignment 4 : when was the last time you felt free? ; Rough draft of assignment 4 : when was the last time you felt free? ; Rough draft of assignment 4 : when was the last time you felt free? ; Final draft of assignment 4 (what I actually turn in) ; Gone --
Monday, December 10: Zeros ; Possibilities ; Can't tell me nothing --
Tuesday, December 11: Isabelle ; First poetry club meeting ; Nerves ; When I'm done ; Compliments ; Caridad is standing outside the church ; Hope is a thing with wings --
Thursday, December 13: Here ; Haikus ; Offering ; Holding Twin ; Cody ; Problems ; Dominican Spanish lesson ; Permission --
Friday, December 14: Open mic night ; Signed up ; The mic is open ; Invitation --
Sunday, December 16: All the way hype --
Monday, December 17: At lunch on Monday --
Tuesday, December 18: At poetry club ; Every day after English class --
Monday, December 24: Christmas Eve ; It's a rosary --
Wednesday, December 26-Tuesday, January 1: Longest week --
Wednesday, January 2: The waiting game --
Tuesday, January 8: Birthdays ; The good ; The bad ; The ugly ; Let me explain ; If your hand causes you to sin ; Verses ; Burn ; Where there is smoke ; Things you think about in the split second your notebook is burning ; Other things you think about in the split second your notebook is burning ; My mother tries to grab me Returning ; On the walk to the train ; The ride ; No turning back ; Taking care ; In Aman's arms ; And I also know ; Tangled ; The next move ; there are words --
Wednesday, January 9: Facing it ; "You don't have to do anything you don't want to do" ; What I say to Ms. Galiano after she passes me a Kleenex; Going home ; Aman, Twin, and Caridad ; Divine intervention ; Homecoming ; My mother and I --
Thursday, January 24: Stronger ; Slam prep ; Ms. Galiano explains the five rules of slam ; Xiomara's secret rules of slam ; The poetry club's real rules of slam --
Friday, February 1: Poetic justice --
Friday, February 8: The aftermath of the slam ; At the New York citywide slam ; Celebrate with me ; Assignment 5 : first and final draft.
Responsibility: by Elizabeth Acevedo.
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Novel-in-verse by an award-winning slam poet Elizabeth Acevedo, about Afro-Latina Xiomara Batista who turns to journalling poetry.

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 her frustration 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. 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. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she knows that she could never get around Mami's rules to attend, much less speak her words out loud. But still, she can't stop thinking about performing her poems. Because in spite of a world that may not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to be silent. -- From book jacket.


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