The Poet X
A young girl in Harlem finds solace in slam poetry, using it to navigate her mother's religion and her place in the world. Despite feeling unheard and unempowered, Xiomara pours her frustrations and passions into her leather notebook, reciting her words like prayers. When she joins her school's slam poetry club, she's faced with the challenge of speaking up and sharing her thoughts with the world. Elizabeth Acevedo's debut novel is a powerful exploration of identity and self-expression.