Are you looking for something to do from home? Join us for a Stay Home/Stay Safe Community Read!
We’ve chosen With the Fire On High by Elizabeth Acevedo, a New York Times best selling author and winner of the 2018 National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, The Printz Award for Excellence in Young Adult Fiction, the Boston Globe-Hornbook Award Prize for Best Children’s Fiction, and the Pura Belpré Award for a work that best affirms the Latinx cultural experience.
With the Fire On High is available on Hoopla with your library card, so there are digital copies for everyone. To get started, download the Hoopla app and create a Hoopla account if you don’t already have one. You’ll need your library card and PIN number. Contact us to get a new card, student eCard, or have us look up you card and PIN number. You can choose to read the eBook or listen to the eAudiobook.
Once you have the book, join the Facebook discussion group. We’ll post discussion questions, recipes, and writing prompts until May 16 and you can respond and share thoughts with everyone else who is reading the book.
With the Fire on High is about a girl with talent, pride, and a drive to feed the soul that keeps her fire burning bright. Ever since she got pregnant freshman year, Emoni Santiago’s life has been about making the tough decisions, doing what has to be done for her daughter and her abuela. The one place she can let all that go is in the kitchen, where she adds a little something magical to everything she cooks, turning her food into goodness. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows that it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet when her high school announces a special cooking class where students will get hands-on kitchen experience, culminating in a trip to Spain, the thought of getting to learn from a real chef is too tempting to ignore, and Emoni decides to take a chance and invest in herself. Each section of the book begins with a recipe, and Emoni is constantly cooking to understand her own feelings and to express them to the people around her.
Teachers, help us involve high school students! YCS students can get free access to Hoopla from now until the end of the summer by emailing a photo of their student ID and join the discussion.
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