Kirkus Prize: 2018 Young Readers' Literature Finalists

The Poet X , by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo

The 2018 finalists are:

The Poet X, by Elizabeth Acevedo:

Xiomara is fifteen, a sophomore, a twin, the daughter of Dominican immigrants. She’s an unwilling attendee of confirmation class, an aspiring poet, a girl who is beginning to find that the expectations and restrictions and assumptions laid on her shoulders—by her mother, her church, her peers, by societal culture—don’t just chafe: they restrict, squeeze, confine.

She’s angry, scared, yearning.

Her mouth is quiet but her heart and mind are clamoring to be heard. (Full review.)

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