Clap When You Land is a fierce verse novel based on the other 2001 plane crash

Clap When You Land tells the story of two unwitting sisters—Camino in the Dominican Republic and Yahaira in New York—who learn of each other’s existence and their father’s secret double life when he dies in a tragic plane crash. From the colourful houses of the Dominican Republic to the boroughs of New York, this 400-page rich landscape of considered and crafted verse feels majestic in its scope as it covers everything from colourism to how loss makes space for gain.

Elizabeth Acevedo’s only prose novel is a culinary, coming-of-age delight

With the Fire on High is Acevedo’s first and only prose novel. It tells the coming-of-age story of Emoni, a Puerto Rican-American senior growing up in Philadelphia. A girl of few words who has no patience for the classroom, Emoni's talent is in the kitchen where she makes magic with everything she touches. Drawing inspiration from her background in slam and hip-hop, Acevedo's self-assured voice radiates confidence, and every single word counts.