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Elizabeth Acevedo

Author of The Poet X

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About the Author

Elizabeth Acevedo is a Dominican-American poet and author, born and raised in New York City. She is a graduate of The George Washington University with a BA in Performing Arts and the University of Maryland with a MFA in Creative Writing. Her poetry has appeared in Cosmopolitan, The Huffington Post show more and Teen Vogue. Her work includes Beastgirl and Other Origin Myths, The Poet X, and With the Fire on High. She received several awards for her book The Poet X, a 2018 National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L Printz Award for excellence in young adult literature, the Walter Dean Myers Award for Outstanding Children's Literature, and the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award. (Bowker Author Biography) show less

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Works by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X (2018) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 2,525 copies
With the Fire on High (2019) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 1,537 copies
Clap When You Land (2020) — Author; Narrator, some editions — 1,454 copies
Family Lore (2023) 365 copies
Inheritance: A Visual Poem (2022) 106 copies
Untitled 3 copies
The Poer 1 copy

Associated Works

How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents (1991) — Foreword, some editions — 3,372 copies
Pride (2018) — Narrator, some editions — 1,041 copies
African American Poetry: 250 Years of Struggle and Song (2020) — Contributor — 173 copies
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 2: Black Girl Magic (2016) — Contributor — 95 copies
Because I Was a Girl: True Stories for Girls of All Ages (2017) — Contributor — 93 copies
Women of Resistance: Poems for a New Feminism (2018) — Contributor — 69 copies
The BreakBeat Poets Vol. 4: LatiNext (2020) — Contributor — 58 copies


2019 (31) 2020 (39) audio (33) audiobook (65) body image (31) coming of age (97) contemporary (105) cooking (61) death (26) Dominican (35) Dominican Republic (78) ebook (25) family (121) fiction (264) grief (39) Harlem (25) high school (46) Kindle (27) Latinx (76) LGBTQ (44) New York (28) New York City (33) novel in verse (109) novels in verse (28) own voices (27) poetry (384) read (46) read in 2019 (25) realistic fiction (86) religion (66) romance (46) sisters (48) teen (41) teen pregnancy (33) to-read (665) twins (30) verse (58) YA (209) young adult (246) young adult fiction (55)

Common Knowledge



Gr 3–6—This evocative poetry collection examines a wide range of issues including social justice, identity, racism,
activism, police brutality, inclusion, immigration, and human rights. Bold, striking illustrations illuminate a powerful
and necessary call to action.
BackstoryBooks | 9 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
Gr 9 Up—Camino and Yahaira, two teenagers in different countries who have never met, are suddenly thrust into
each other's lives when their biological father dies in a plane crash. They piece together their Papi's life in New York
and the Dominican Republic, joining their partial memories to finally see the whole person. Told in alternate
narratives, this novel in verse is a cathartic exploration of grief, love, and family secrets.
BackstoryBooks | 71 other reviews | Apr 2, 2024 |
I picked this book up on a whim and it was lovely and powerful. It is a collection of poetry by 3 authors aimed towards both children and adults and it focuses on important and moving topics like race and equality and kindness. Very touching and I think it would be easy for anyone of any age to follow and understand.

Would fit The 52 Book Club's 2021 prompts:
1 - Set in a School
24 - A Book You Think They Should Read In Schools
26 - An Author Of Colour
36 - A Nameless Narrator
37 - An Educational Read
38 - Recommended on Bookbub
40 - Found via #Bookstagram

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Linyarai | 9 other reviews | Mar 6, 2024 |
In her debut novel, Acevedo tells the story of a teen from Harlem, who finds her voice in writing poetry, but who struggles against her mother’s expectations.

I love poetry. I am in awe with how much a poet can convey in so few words. And Acevedo does a truly marvelous job in this novel-in-verse.

Xiomara (sometimes referred to as Xio or simply X) is not the best student, but when it comes to her poetry her English teacher recognizes talent and encourages Xio to express herself. Being a teenager is hard. Xio’s path is further complicated by her early development of “curves” and by her twin brother’s genius status. (He has skipped a grade and attends a different school.) Then there is her mother, who at one time wanted to be a nun, but instead married Xio’s father. Mami insists that Xio attend church and be pious, but Xio isn’t feeling it.

She isn’t at all wild, but she is attracted to a boy in her biology lab. She would like to be able to be a normal teenager, with friends, including boys, but she cannot talk to her mother. So, she pours her feelings into her poetry, written in a leather-bound notebook her twin gave her. As she finds her voice, she also finds the courage to be herself.
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BookConcierge | 165 other reviews | Feb 23, 2024 |



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