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With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Paperback)

With The Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (Paperback)

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Young Adult Fiction - Coming of Age

Published: 3/20/2021

From the author of The Poet X—winner of the Michael L. Printz Award, Pura Belpré Award, National Book Award, and Boston Globe/Horn Book Award—comes a dazzling novel in prose about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright. A Walter Award Honor Book and a Golden Kite Award Honor Book. Now in paperback! 

Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions, doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness.

Even though she’s always dreamed of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet despite the rules she’s made for her life—and everyone else’s rules that she refuses to play by—once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free. 

“Acevedo has done it again: the multi-award-winning author of The Poet X (2018) here delivers perfection... This sophomore novel is simply stunning.” -Booklist (starred review)
“[A] stunning sophomore novel from National Book Award and Printz winner Acevedo.... With evocative, rhythmic prose and realistically rendered relationships and tensions, Acevedo’s unvarnished depiction of young adulthood is at once universal and intensely specific.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“The acclaimed author follows up her celebrated The Poet X with a love letter to food and a tribute to young, single mothers... Acevedo’s second serving offers a much-needed nuanced exploration of teen parenting that belongs on all shelves.” -School Library Journal (starred review)
“Acevedo continues to create beautifully realized characters with complex lives... Readers of all sorts will find something to connect with in this honest and ultimately hopeful story.” -Horn Book (starred review)
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