With the Fire on High

With the Fire on High

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By Elizabeth Acevedo

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. 


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Paperback, Young Adult Fiction / Novels In Verse, Ages 13 And Up, Grades 8th And Up

0.95" H x 8.0" L x 5.25" W (0.65 lbs) 416 pages


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