The Poet X

by Elizabeth Acevedo

The Poet X


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Xiomara Batista lives in Harlem, where she has just discovered slam poetry. She uses slam to understand her mother’s religion and her own relationship to the world, where she feels unheard and unable to hide. After growing new curves, Xiomara learns to let her fists do the talking — but she still feels like she has plenty to stay, and fills pages with poems. After Xiomara is invited to join the slam poetry club at her school, she’s afraid to join without her mami finding out, but she can’t stop thinking about performing her poems.

  • Ages 14 & up

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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House on Mango Street

Popular among young adults and mature readers alike, The House on Mango Street is the story of a young Latina growing up in Chicago. Told through a story of vignettes, the story is both heartbreaking and joyful, and has touched countless readers.

  • Ages 14 & up

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The Hate U Give

Sixteen-year-old Starr Carter is barely balancing moving between two worlds: her poor neighborhood and the fancy prep school she attends in the suburbs. After Starr witnesses the shooting of her best friend Khalil at the hands of a police officer, that balance is lost entirely. Starr finds herself in the middle of the situation after Khalil’s death becomes a national headline. Protesters take to the streets for Khalil, but cops and a local drug lord try to intimidate Starr while others call Khalil a thug. Starr is the only person who knows what really happened that night, but what she says could upend her community — or even endanger her life.

  • Ages 9-13

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Saints and Misfits

by S.K. Ali

Saints and Misfits


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Janna sees three types of people in her life: saints, who move the world forward, misfits, who just don’t fit in, and monsters, like the person at her mosque who everyone thinks is untouchable. Through this novel, Janna tries to navigate her place with her father’s “brand new family,” her mother and older brother, her crush Jeremy, and the secret that plagues her. 

  • Ages 9-13

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Mango, Abuela, and Me

by Meg Medina, Angela Dominguez

Mango, Abuela, and Me


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Mia’s abuela leaves her sunny house with parrots and palm trees to move in with Mia and her parents in the city. When she arrives, Mia wants to share her favorite book before bedtime, but learns that Abuela can’t read it. Mia decides to help Abuela learn English while they cook together, and she gets to learn some Spanish herself. It’s hard for Abuela to learn and tell Mia her stories, but they have some help after Mia sees a parrot in the window. 

  • Ages 7-8

  • Approx. 1 hour to complete

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Don’t Touch My Hair!

by Sharee Miller

Don’t Touch My Hair!


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Just about everywhere Aria goes, someone wants to touch her fluffy, curly hair. Whether she’s in the street, under the sea, in the jungle, or even in space, strangers (and strange creatures) try to touch Aria’s hair. Finally, she has had enough!

  • Ages 7-8

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Afar

Boetema discovers she can astrally project into new worlds and possess the bodies of people on other planets. At the same time, her troublemaker brother finds himself in a scary situation after eavesdropping on an illegal deal between business tycoons and their cyborg bodyguard. Boetema accidentally hurts someone while in another girl’s body, and the siblings must work together to solve the problems they’ve created.

  • Ages 9-13

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