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89: 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 Connections: 42:18 - 48:00

Book Pairings

Ashley - Jade Chang’s The Wangs vs the World

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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