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.