With the Fire on High: Book summary and reviews of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
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  • Published in USA  May 2019
    400 pages
    Genre: Novels

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the National Book Award title The Poet X 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.

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 dreams 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 thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

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"With evocative, rhythmic prose and realistically rendered and tensions, Acevedo's unvarnished depiction of young adulthood is at once universal and intensely specific." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"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)

"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)

"Emoni occasionally breaks from first-person narration to address readers directly, and her voice and story feel fresh and contemporary...The short, precise prose chapters will draw in even reluctant readers, and the inclusion of several recipes adds to the appeal." - Kirkus Reviews

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Elizabeth Acevedo

Elizabeth Acevedo is the author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People's Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, and the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland. Acevedo lives with her partner in Washington, DC.

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