Elizabeth Acevedo (award-winning author of The Poet X) offers an uplifting tale of teen motherhood, community, and dreams in With The Fire On High.
Emoni Santiago is a Senior in High School, but ever since she gave birth her Freshman year, her life has been about more than just the usual High School worries. Every day Emoni must balance school, a job, her friends, her ex, her young daughter and she feels like there is barely time for anything else! But, when she needs to break free, Emoni finds herself in the kitchen. Emoni aspires to be a chef and the time matching ingredients and creating dishes in her kitchen is when she feels truly alive. So when her school is suddenly offering a culinary arts elective with an opportunity for a trip to Spain, Emoni finds herself struggling to decide which path to choose.
With The Fire On High offers a smart and culturally sensitive take on what being a young mother does and doesn't mean and with a strong community behind her, Emoni learns that it doesn't have to mean the end of her dreams.
Check out With The Fire On High at your local library today and, if you haven't already, don't forget to check out Elizabeth Acevedo's award-winning The Poet X too!