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“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))

“With the Fire on High is a worthy follow-up to Acevedo’s nationally lauded debut. Emoni’s headstrong perseverance is inspiring. Acevedo’s clever imagery and explorations of language and culture make the journey not only beautiful, but thought-provoking.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“Acevedo’s first novel, written in verse, centered on a teenage poet. Now, we have a teenage chef. A former eighth grade English teacher, Acevedo sees these young talents not as rarities. They are everywhere — and in Acevedo’s hands, their stories transcend what is expected of them.” (Washington Post)

“Emoni’s story is a gift... With its judicious depth and brilliant blazes of writing that simmer, then nourish, With the Fire on High is literary soul food.” (New York Times Book Review )

“With such distinctive ingredients combined with Acevedo’s already established sizable audience, this Fire on High should undoubtedly prove to be a sizzling success.” (School Library Journal)

"Acevedo’s unvarnished depiction of young adulthood is at once universal and intensely specific." (Publishers Weekly) --This text refers to the hardcover edition.

About the Author

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, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award—as well as With the Fire on High and Clap When You Land. 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. You can find out more about her at www.acevedowrites.com.

--This text refers to the hardcover edition.

Product details

  • ASIN : B079WW2QKM
  • Publisher : Quill Tree Books; Reprint edition (7 May 2019)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 1088 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Not Enabled
  • Print length : 395 pages
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.7 out of 5 stars 2,195 ratings

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Reviewed in India on 18 May 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting blend of food, motivation and love
By shivani.rohella on 3 January 2020
"What better way to take a leap of faith than to set something on fire and trust it will not only come out right, but that it will be completely delicious?"
With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo is the story of Emoni, a high school student who has a two-year-old daughter and is highly passionate about cooking.
Emoni gets a chance to live her dream when she is offered to study Culinary Arts at her school and visit Spain. However, she already has huge responsibilities and financial challenges on her plate.
This is a story about believing in yourself, familial love and taking risks even if you're scared.
I particularly enjoyed the cooking metaphors and food symbolism in this book. Also, the women companionship in this book is absolutely delightful to read. Look out for a sweet love story which is a cherry on the cake. Overall, this book is a perfect blend of amazing things and is a great read.
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Reviewed in India on 10 September 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars Book for my soul
By Shaby on 10 September 2020
“Forward is the only direction to go in; turning back around is for the birds” -I really can’t get over this phrase which sums up so much.

This is my first book of the Author, she made it too intriguing for me to flip the pages over. It’s more like my soul book now and favourite read for the month.

Author beautifully shared emotions of a single teenage mother who is trying to balance her life between her toddler, school, and her passion for cooking. There are three men -Her father, Her baby’s father , and the man she likes, where they seem to have major impact in her by being “constants” in decision - making process in each part of her life. Even though life takes to different turns now and the she has a powerful and ever supporting soul - Her Grandmother (‘Buela).

The narration of her cooking - be it from flipping the pan, whipping up some creams, chopping vegetables or improvising her Aunt’s recipes express out a different dimension of her. We can picture her up as a free bird dancing around in kitchen. But- if we observe closely she isn’t doing it for the love for cooking alone , but she relates it to and for the love for her toddler , and we know by the end of the book that all her Aunt’s recipe was actually her Late Mother’s. And my my, each recipe she cooks and even the dish name i am not aware of, made me to drool.

All the incident,each and every phase of life -be it at her school or at her kitchen or at the restaurant she worked and trained at, always pushed her in one direction - to moved forward with the fire always on high ; as turning back around is only for the birds.
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Reviewed in India on 15 September 2020
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4.0 out of 5 stars Deliciously charming!
By Arunima | Found in a Book on 15 September 2020
Author – Elizabeth Acevedo
Genre – Young Adult, Fiction
Pages – 400
Year of Publication – 2019
Rating – 4.5

“The world is turntable that never stops spinning; as humans we merely choose the tracks we want to sit out and the ones that inspire us to dance.”
Charming, sweet and delicious with a pinch of cinnamon dust. These are the exact words that can completely describe how I felt throughout the book.
The book entails the story of Emoni Santiago, senior at a Charter School in Philly and also, a
Emoni is not like any other teenager. She has got the responsibility she cannot ignore. This book feels like her diary in which she captures her whole world.

“Some days my feelings are like this, like a pot full of water with the fire on high…”

But her true passion has always been cooking. She has this gift, this magic. She has a talent and everyone can taste it. While she has always dreamt of manifesting her talent and attending a culinary school but being a teen mom has changed everything.

At times she feels exhausted and vulnerable. But the support of her Babygirl, ‘Buela and her bestfriend Gelly holds her up which makes my heart swell.

“Where we come from leaves its fingerprints all over us, and if you know how to read the signs of a place, you know a little bit more who someone is.”

This isn’t a typical book about teen pregnancy, it’s about what happens after that. It’s about culture, family and roots. All I have in my mind by the end of this book is that how incredibly hungry it makes me and how I try hard to not cry each time I eat food.

Overall it’s a unique and heart-warming story that puts the voice of women into light. It was a delicious treat with the right pinch of cinnamon dust (always).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Simply beautiful
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 June 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars 𝑨 𝑫𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑽𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
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5.0 out of 5 stars 𝑨 𝑫𝒆𝒍𝒊𝒄𝒊𝒐𝒖𝒔 𝒂𝒏𝒅 𝑽𝒊𝒃𝒓𝒂𝒏𝒕 𝑹𝒆𝒂𝒅
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 30 July 2020
This review has been long awaited. I can not stop thinking about this book and the swarm of feelings it gave me while reading. I connected with this book and Emoni in so many ways possible that I never would have imagined. A teenage girl trying so hard to meet her dreams and live her young life while holding the responsiblity of raising a baby, along with many other challenges of being a teenage mother.
I connected to this book in a way I haven’t connected to others. I, myself am a young mother of a three-year-old boy and experienced most of what Emoni experienced throughout this book. Emoni is an amazing character who is strong and an inspiration to other young mothers. I could read her story over and over again.
Emoni is an aspiring chef and a good one. Reading this book will make you hungry and wanting so badly to eat her cooking. I wish I could. It was so fun reading a book that talks about food. Who doesn’t love food? It’s such a unique book, something I haven’t read before.
𝐃𝐢𝐝 𝐢 𝗺𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐢𝗼𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝗼𝗼𝐤 𝐜𝗼𝐧𝐭𝐚𝐢𝐧𝐬 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐩𝐢𝐞𝐬?
One of my new favourite books. I can not stop talking about it and will keep talking about it for a long time. It will be on my shelves for years to come, for me to read again and again. Elizabeth Acevedo is an amazing story teller and writer. I can not wait for her to release more books.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A fine coming of age story!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 21 January 2020
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3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful immersion into a new culture
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 April 2020
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Amy Haigh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Book inside and out!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 1 November 2020
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