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The Poet X
Narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo / 3 hours 30 minutes
“The Poet X is written and narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo. It is a novel made up of poems by a teenager, Xiomara Batista, growing up in Harlem. Acevedo's narration is wonderful and brings the story to life. Xiomara's dad is MIA even though he lives at home; her mother is extremely religious and pushes her faith onto her daughter; her twin brother is quiet and also working through his own feelings; she starts her first relationship with a guy; and all the time Xiomara is told what she can and cannot do, gets accosted by men, has to defend herself because no one else will, is questioning God and has no one to open up to. She releases her pent of feelings in a notebook. It isn't until her new English teacher introduces her to spoken poetry that she realizes that is what she is meant to be: a poet. This is a lovely story of a young, misunderstood girl, coming of age and showing the world that she is worth it. Great for adults who enjoyed Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson and extremely relevant literature for the #metoo movement.”Kelly, M. Judson Booksellers
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“The show “Mister Rogers’s Neighborhood” ran from 1968 to 2009, encouraging generations of children to learn about their feelings, talk through their problems, and fall in love with the world a jolly little trolley would bring them to. Fred Rogers wrote every piece of the show himself, from the topic to the music used, including the beloved songs collected in this treasury. Beautiful pieces of poetry in their own right, accompanied by colorful illustrations that draw you into the imagery of the poems, offer a walk down memory lane or an introduction for a new young friend, perfect for ages 6 and up.”BrocheAroe, River Dog Book Co.
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