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With the Fire on High

by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo
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    May 2019, 400 pages

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A teenage mother finds new horizons opening up before her when she signs up for a cooking class at school.

From Like Water for Chocolate to Ratatouille, writers have recognized the power of food to evoke strong feelings and nostalgic memories. Elizabeth Acevedo explores this theme in With the Fire on High, her second young adult novel after the multi-award winning The Poet X.

Emoni is a senior in a Philadelphia high school, and she has more on her plate than many of her classmates. She had a baby at the end of her freshman year, and has been raising little Emma (a.k.a. "Babygirl") with the help of her grandmother. Emma's father is present in their lives—but maybe a little too forcefully present, especially when a new boy enters the picture. Emoni's mother died when she was very young, after which her father, more interested in social causes than his own family, returned to Puerto Rico. Bringing all these issues to a head is a new culinary elective, perfect ...

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