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Publication Date: 23 Apr 2018
Subject: Older teen novels
Suitable for: Secondary (Year 10, Year 11)
AR: 5.2 UY
RRP £7.99 Save 26%
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A teenage girl uses poetry to write about her life growing up in a poor area of Harlem.
Xiomara has always kept her words to herself. When it comes to standing her ground in her Harlem neighbourhood, she lets her fists and her fierceness do the talking.
But X has secrets. Her feelings for a boy in her bio class, and the notebook full of poems that she keeps under her bed. And a slam poetry club that will pull those secrets into the spotlight. Because in spite of a world that might not want to hear her, Xiomara refuses to stay silent.
A novel about finding your voice and standing up for what you believe in, no matter how hard it is to say. Brave, bold and beautifully written, this is perfect for fans of Orangeboy, Nicola Yoon's Everything Everything and Zoella Book Club choice Moxie.
NOTE: Contains sexual references, drug references and violence.
NOTE: Waterstones Children's Book Prize Shortlist 2019
NOTE: Carnegie Medal Winner 2019
NOTE: UKLA Book Award Shortlist 2019
Striking coming of age story with strong, compelling characters & a vivid sense of place. Verse format is clever but accessible. Ending feels a little neat but overall it's an engaging, memorable read.