The Poet X


‘The Poet X’ is Xiomara. She lives with the weight of her Twin’s seeming defencelessness, her body’s attention-seeking development, her mother’s religion and then, her attraction to her biology partner. How can one girl bear so much?

Words are her outlet. Twin buys her a leather-bound notebook into which she pours her thoughts and dreams and wishes. Twin and best friend Caridad know Xiomara and her conflicts, yet they wish she would comply and be silent. Ms Galiano wants her to speak up, to share her words.

‘The Poet X’ has won deserved acclaim and awards for its message, its central character and its resonance. It is astounding, raw, powerful and huge. Speak up! Be heard! Bookwagon recommends ‘The Poet X‘ as suitable for older readers only.

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The Poet X

A novel by Elizabeth Acevedo


Xiomara, ‘The Poet X’, lives through her words. Twin gifts her a leather-bound notebook into which she scribes her thoughts, wishes and truths. Ms Galiano invites Xiomara to join poetry club. It’s the same night as communion classes. Xiomara is in conflict with her body, her faith, her mother’s rules and her feelings for Aman. Words are her anchor. ‘The Poet X’ is suitable for older readers only.

2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award, Fiction and Poetry, the 2019 Michael L. Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature, and the 2019 Pura Belpré Author Award. ‘The Poet X’ is the winner of the 2019 CILIP Carnegie Medal, Highly Commended UKLA book awards (12- 16) 


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