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The Seventh Raven    HMH 2021

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"Rich with evocative language . . . Elliott makes this propulsive mix of formal and concrete poetry and blank verse sparklingly accessible . . . ." Publishers Weekly, STARRED review.

"Although the setting and events may belong in a fairy-tale, the core emotions of this work draw straight from reality." School Library Journal, STARRED review

"Elliott's poetry is by nature taut with intensity . . . so propulsive it seems to cry out for oral performance."  The Horn Book Magazine

"Elliott is once again a master of poetic form. . .. Within the elegant construction is a simple story of best intentions that reap terrible consequences . . . ." BCCB




Voices: The Final Hours of Joan of Arc     HMH 2019

Recipient of The Claudia Lewis Award for Best Poetry Book of the Year 

"Stunning . . .elegant . . . arresting . . . supple and harrowing." --- The Wall Street Journal​

"A tour de force of poetic craft . . . ." --- National Council of the Teachers of English

"A glorious tribute to a woman who dared, defied, and defended her truth. A must-have." -- School Library Journal, STARRED review

"With stunning lyricism, these poems fashion an enlivened, gripping narrative that addresses themes of gender identity, class and vocation, and innocence and culpability, bringing fresh nuance to an oft-told story."—Publishers Weekly, STARRED review

  • Finalist, The American Library in Paris Book Prize

  • STARRED reviews: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, School Library Journal, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • Junior Library Guild Gold Standard

  • A Wall Street Journal Best Book of the Year

  • A Kirkus Best Book of the Year

  • A Publishers’ Weekly Best Book of the Year

  • An NCTE Notable Verse Novel

  • A 2020 Best Fiction for Young Adults List (Given by YALSA, a division of ALA)

  • A 2020 Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, a cooperative project of the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) and the Children’s Book Council:

  • A Best of the Year from the Cooperative Children’s Book Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • TAYSHAS Reading List (Texas Library Association

  • A Mighty Girl’s Book of the Year.


           Bull     HMH 2017

Six STARRED Reviews

". . . .a genre of its own."

-- Publishers Weekly, STARRED review"

"Elliott’s absolutely magnetic rhythms will wake up any high school class, and the book could also work as a play.Irresistible, slick, and sharp (no bull!) . . . ."

-- Kirkus, STARRED review


"Effective both for classrooms and pleasure reading, this modernization brings new relevancy to an old story. It’s a conceit that easily could have floundered; in Elliott’s capable hands, it soars." -- Booklist, STARRED review​

​" . . . a literary feast fit for the gods. " -- ShelfAwareness, STARRED review

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  • STARRED reviews: Publishers Weekly, Kirkus, Booklist, Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, Shelf Awarenss, The Horn Book

  • Kirkus Best Teen Books of 2017

  • Booklist Editor's Choice 2017

  • Bulletin Blue Ribbon Book 2017

  • New York Public Library Best Book for Teens 2017

  • YALSA Best Books for Young Adults

  • Junior Library Guild Selection

  • Cybils Award, Poetry Finalist

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