With the Fire On High

By: Elizabeth Acevedo

With her daughter to care for and her abuela to help support, high school senior Emoni Santiago has to make the tough decisions and do what must be done. The one place she can let her responsibilities go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into straight-up goodness. Still, she doesn’t have enough time for her school’s new culinary arts class, doesn’t have the money for their trip to Spain—and certainly can’t follow her dreams of working in a real kitchen someday. But even with all the rules she has for her life—and all the rules everyone expects her to play by—once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free.

ISBN: 9780062662835

JLG Release: Aug 2019


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Sensitive Areas: Racism, Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Discussion of abortion
Topics: Cooking , Family , Single mothers , Dating and relationships , Bronx, New York , Puerto Ricans , New York City

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Awards & Honors

Publishers Weekly Best Books - 2019
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2019 Goodreads Choice Award Finalist

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Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

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High school senior Emoni Santiago, whose “Puerto Rican side is as Black as [her] Black American side,” is many things—an aspiring chef, a proud North Philly native, a reserved student who keeps to herself, a teenage single parent. Emoni and her two-year-old daughter live with Emoni’s abuela, as Emoni’s mother is dead and her father lives High school senior Emoni Santiago, whose “Puerto Rican side is as Black as [her] Black American side,” is many things—an aspiring chef, a proud North Philly native, a reserved student who keeps to herself, a teenage single parent. Emoni and her two-year-old daughter live with Emoni’s abuela, as Emoni’s mother is dead and her father lives in Puerto Rico. Emoni’s life is one of difficult choices, and she is not sure she will be able to both pursue her cooking dreams and sup¬port her daughter. But as seniors begin choosing electives, Emoni signs up for a culinary arts class that culminates in a trip to Spain—and she begins to see a path forward if only she dares follow it. In this prose novel (following her acclaimed verse novel The Poet X, rev. 3/18), Acevedo continues to create beautifully realized characters with complex lives (“I shake my head at all the separate feelings inside me; sometimes I feel like a bigger mess than Babygirl’s scattered toys”), and her portrait of a young mother is a story too infrequently taken up in YA. But read¬ers of all sorts will find something to connect with in this honest and ultimately hopeful story—and aspiring chefs like Emoni can follow a few actual recipes (such as “When Life Gives You Lemons, Make Lemon Verbena Tembleque”).

Book Details

ISBN

9780062662835

First Release

August 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

Page Count

400

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 11;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 5.3; Points: 18;

Lexile

Level 810L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Harper Teen

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Racism, Strong language, Strong sexual themes, Underage drinking, Discussion of abortion

Topics

Cooking, Family, Single mothers, Dating and relationships, Bronx, New York, Puerto Ricans, New York City,

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