With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High is Elizabeth Acevedo’s inspiring novel about Emoni Santiago, a half-Puerto Rican half-African American high school senior and teen mom, who dreams of becoming a chef after she graduates high school.

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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‘The acclaimed Elizabeth Acevedo follows up her celebrated The Poet X with a love letter to food and a tribute to young, single mothers. Acevedo’s second serving, With The Fire On High, offers a much-needed nuanced exploration of teen parenting that belongs on all shelves’, School Library Journal.