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The Poet X
The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo
Reviewed by Jenn, Cheyenne, WY
This beautiful work of fiction in verse tells the story of Xiomara Batista, the daughter of a deeply religious mom who immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. As many children of first-generation immigrants are, Xiomara is a girl caught between worlds. She longs for more freedom than her mami is willing to allow her to have and she pours her feelings out in poems kept in a secret journal. When she is invited to join her school's slam poetry club, she desperately wants to but knows her mami won't approve. The book details Xiomara's journey to reconcile the future her mami wants for her and the one she wants for herself.
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