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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo


This week we are joined once again by our friend Anna aka @never_withouta_book to discuss Elizabeth Acevedo’s newest book, With the Fire on High. (Transcript)

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In today’s episode…

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo 

Since getting pregnant at fourteen, Emoni has done everything she could for her daughter and her abuela. Between being a full-time mom and a full-time student, Emoni doesn’t have time to think about her future. She loves cooking and people say her food is magic, but can she really squeeze in more school? Shouldn’t she get a job instead? When her school offers a culinary elective with an immersion trip to Spain in the spring, it feels like a dream to Emoni. Can she find a way to let her talent shine and still keep her family afloat?

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Episode highlights…



*2:15 We expected this to be a novel in verse (spoiler alert: it’s not) but we LOVED it anyway

*5:41 Her relationship with her father, and with her baby’s father

*4:24 This felt like a very different portrayal of teen pregnancy than we were used to

*10:56 We loved the sense of place that Elizabeth Acevedo was able to create


Things We Like a Latte

Danielle – Attending YALLWEST

Anna – American Gods on Starz

Amanda – Crazy Ex-Girlfriend season 4, on Netflix




*19:29 Amanda thought this book had elements of magical realism, Anna compared it to Like Water for Chocolate 

*21:08 Angelica, her ‘YA Best Friend TM’

*22:12 “The boy”, Malachi, didn’t impress us much


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More ideas and resources for teachers and librarians…

We LOVE food, and probably a lot of your students do too 😉 If you are looking for another book that has a food-related plot, we highly recommend The Summer of Jordi Perez (and the Best Burger in Los Angeles) which we featured in episode 7 of the podcast.

One really cool element of this book is that it includes recipes (that we can’t wait to try!), and if that sounds appealing to you then check out this listicle from BookRiot, YA Books with Recipes.

We also LOVED Elizabeth Acevedo’s first book, the National Book Award winning novel in verse, The Poet X , and we especially recommend the audiobook which is narrated by Elizabeth Acevedo herself.

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Get in touch with us on Instagram and Twitter at @yacafepodcast or email us at We look forward to hearing from you!




Hosts: Danielle Hall (who blogs at

          & Amanda Thrasher (a booklover extraordinaire)


Guests: Bookstagrammer Anna from @never_withouta_book

Producer: Leila Hobbs

Music: Matt McCammon


Thank you to HarperCollins for the eGalley!

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