Book Review: With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

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With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo (physical book, ebook and eaudiobook)

Are you looking for a book that you want to savor, yet at the same time you want to binge read? With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo fits this expectation.

With the Fire on High focuses on the struggles of being a teen mother and the challenges of being a senior in high school. Emoni’s only outlet is her gift of cooking. She dreams of working in a kitchen after she graduates. Her school offers the opportunity to enroll in a cooking class that includes the possibility of a trip to Spain. However, she must overcome differences with her instructor and raise enough funds to be able to go on the class trip.

I enjoyed reading With the Fire on High, which was like reading a diary. Emoni’s voice has an honest and warm tone that, as a reader, allows you to empathize with the character. Emotions in this book range from anger to sadness to happiness; it covers all of what it means to be human.

The book is divided into three parts. At the beginning of each part is Emoni’s recipe that serves the purpose of soothing a person’s mood, such as missing someone you love.

If you’re looking for a book with a depth that will satisfy your reading appetite, then I would highly recommend this book.

Bon Appetit!

Review by Kendra Ellison, Lead Circulation Librarian and YA Consultant

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New YA Fiction – June 2020

New YA Fiction

A Song of Wraiths and Ruin by Roseanne Brown

Category Five by Ann Cardinal

Half Life by Lillian Clark

Short Stuff by Alysia Constantine

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross

The Goblin Path by Chani Feener

You Should See Me in a Crown by Leah Johnson

Goddess in the Machine by Lora Johnson

Star Wars: Queen’s Peril by E.K. Johnston

Again Again by E. Lockhart

Agnes at the End of the World by Kelly McWilliams

A Song below Water by Bethany Morrow

Burn by Patrick Ness

Rebel Spy by Vanessa Rossi

The Falling In Love Montage Ciara Smyth

All the Things We Never Knew by Liara Tamani

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

My Eyes Are Up Here by Laura Zimmerman

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Book Review: If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo

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If I Was Your Girl by Meredith Russo Review

When I opened my copy of If I Was Your Girl I saw a long list of awards, recognitions, and reviews of praise. Now that I have finished the book, I can understand why. This novel is groundbreaking, painfully real, and makes a meaningful argument for representation. 

Amanda is an eighteen-year-old high school senior who has been through a lot in her short life. The story switches timelines from when Amanda was young to the present day so that the reader can begin to understand the journey she has been on. Amanda was born a boy but has known for the majority of her life that she wanted to be a girl. She attempted suicide a few years back, went through the transition process, and experienced a lot of bullying throughout her school years. Her mom thinks Amanda needs a fresh start, so Amanda moves in with her dad (who has lived in a small town ever since Amanda’s parents got divorced) for her senior year. Amanda keeps her secret to herself at the beginning of her stay, wanting to just live a normal teenage life. She quickly makes friends with a group of girls and she meets a boy she really likes. All this excitement makes Amanda feel good about her move, but she knows she’ll need to tell her new social circle about her past eventually.

This book inspires me to be more honest and accepting of others. There is a scene in the story where Amanda’s dad calls her brave and she explains that she doesn’t think she’s brave; she just thinks she’s herself. There are so many people out there who just want to live life as their authentic selves, Amanda’s story will hopefully bring hope to others. I was deeply moved by this story and I think it will have a great impact.

Review by Cathy Liebenau

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Rapunzel: Escape the Tower Digital Escape Room

We just put the finishing touches on our fun new digital escape room — Rapunzel: Escape the Tower!

Can you help free Rapunzel from the tower before the evil, old Enchantress returns? Rapunzel and the Prince can escape only with your help! This escape room is intended for all ages and may be completed individually or as a group.

Created by Andover Public Library librarians Sara and Jackie.

Copy of Once upon a time...

 

Check out our previous digital escape room: Escape from Treasure Island.

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