With the Fire on High

Elizabeth Acevedo's bestselling work is Greenville Technical College's Common Read for the 2021-2022 academic year.

Cover of With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

With the Fire on High

Why a Common Read?

The purpose of a Common Read is to help students explore their values and to increase awareness of diversity in our community. Common Reads can help students feel more engaged with their college, providing them with enriching social and academic experiences. They also offer students and faculty a common point to discuss and connect around their shared experiences.  

First year students can expect discussion of theme and plot points from the Common Read to be featured in multiple courses. Additionally, college-wide events organized by GTC Campus Life, the GTC Library, and various other college departments will occur throughout the academic year, providing many opportunities for shared scholarship, camaraderie, and engagement for both students and faculty.  

About the Book

With the Fire on High Centers on Emoni, a young Afro-Latina woman in Philadelphia who is about to graduate high school, hopes to attend college, and wants a career as a chef. She’s a single mother managing the demands of motherhood, extended family obligations, her own education, and her future. The book features themes of resilience, overcoming barriers, learning preferences, empathy, and growing up.

About the Author

ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature, the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Carnegie medal, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. She is also the author of With the Fire on High—which was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library, NPR, Publishers Weekly, and School Library Journal—and Clap When You Land, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book and a Kirkus finalist (Via acevedowrites.com).