Elizabeth Acevedo’s WITH THE FIRE ON HIGH - On Her Side

We're thrilled to discuss Elizabeth Acevedo's sophomore novel, With the Fire on High. Protagonist Emoni is a high school student, a mother, a granddaughter, and an amazingly inspired chef in training. 

Listen in for our discussion of the ways that Acevedo counters our expectations for this character. We offer pairings and recommendations for the ways that teachers can use this book in their classrooms.

After you listen, join us on social media throughout September to participate in our book club discussions. We'd love to know what you think!



*Introduction and General Discussion: 00:00 - 35:00

*Book Pairings: 35:01 - 42:17

*Classroom Connections42:18 - 48:00


book pairings

*Ashley - Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs the World

*Jen - Roselle Lim’s Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune

*Sara - Erika Sanchez’s I Am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter


classroom connections

*Elizabeth Acevedo's The Poet X

*Gaby Rodriguez's The Pregnancy Project

*Isabel Quintero's Gabi: A Girl in Pieces

*Robin Benway's Far from the Tree


​other mentions

*Chopped TV Series

*Beat Bobby Flay TV Series

*​Laura Esquivel’s Like Water for Chocolate

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