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Winner of Best Narration by the Author at the Audie Awards 2020 for With the Fire on High. 

Finalist in Best Young Adult Audiobook at the Audie Awards 2020 for With the Fire on High.  

The stunning new novel in verse from the 2019 Carnegie Medal winning and Waterstones Book Prize shortlisted author of The Poet X. 2020 Goodreads Choice Award Winner of Clap when You Land.

Camino Rios lives for the summers when her father visits her in the Dominican Republic. But this time, on the day when his plane is supposed to land, Camino arrives at the airport to see crowds of crying people.... 

In New York City, Yahaira Rios is called to the Principal's office, where her mother is waiting to tell her that her father, her hero, has died in a plane crash. 

Separated by distance - and Papi's secrets - the two girls are forced to face a new reality in which their father is dead and their lives are forever altered. And then, when it seems like they've lost everything of their father, they learn of each other.

Papi's death uncovers all the painful truths he kept hidden and the love he divided across an ocean. And now, Camino and Yahaira are both left to grapple with what this new sister means to them and what it will now take to keep their dreams alive.

In a dual narrative novel in verse that brims with both grief and love, award-winning and best-selling Author Elizabeth Acevedo writes about the devastation of loss, the difficulty of forgiveness and the bittersweet bonds that shape our lives.

©2020 Elizabeth Acevedo (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Just the most incredible story. I don't have words. I loved it so much! ❤

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Brilliant Read

I was so moved by this amazing story and hearing it read aloud was an incredible experience. I would highly recommend 👌

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Powerful story beautifully narrated by the author

I strongly recommend this book. I thoroughly enjoyed the way the book was narrated by the author who make the prose come to life in such a realistic and powerful way. I was surprised to discover that it wasn't an autobiography. This is the best audiobook I've listened to in a long time.

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fantastic read

I loved this story. a beautiful tale about complex families. took a minute to get used to the spoken word style of the book but once I did it was like listening to music.

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This is now a new fave. What brilliance!

Loved this so much. i didn't expect the spoken word nature of the story and it was captivating. This is so beautifully written and performed. I think anyone who has had a difficult relationship with a parent will laugh and cry at this story, especially if you are a person of colour and especially if you are an immigrant. Thank you to the writer and the performers - I loved this.

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Great

Loved the storyline 👏👌 I would highly recommend. took me a while to realise that the story was being developed through the narration of 2 sisters but once I got it.....it was an enjoyable read 📚👌

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Elizabeth Acevedo has done it again, incredible!

A dual-voiced novel follows two sixteen-year-old sisters who never knew about each others existence until the death of their father in a plane crash. The novel is written in the memory of the second deadliest crash in America - two hundred sixty people died on the flight 587 from NYC to Santo Domingo in 2001.

This novel-in-verse is written in alternating chapters which allows for a thorough exploration of the two protagonists' inner lives, perspective and how they slowly forge a tenuous bond.

Strong female character and compelling voice. Issues such as sexual assault, racism, homophobia and economic inequality are present; however, not on the central stage.

Elizabeth Acevedo is the slam poetry genius.
Highly recommended the audiobook to get astounded by the story.

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Utterly phenomenal. Thank you

Highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. So much love, compassion, empathy, authenticity, support, companionship.It is indescribably gorgeous.

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Captured me from the sample

This book was so good! Tender yet strong emotions. Nothing was held back with feelings and I love that, I love that fear & vulnerability were so natural to the characters. All strong women. I love that papi wasn’t just simply made a martyr to all. He was a great dad in his own way but was called out yet still respected.
I absolutely enjoyed being captivated by this. I could almost see it as if it were a movie. Thank you Elizabeth for this. The dynamic between Yaya & Camino made me want that. Much love xo

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Amazing listen!

I am in love with Acevedo's stories, they are so moving and honest. Painfully thought-provoking and immersive... you cannot help but feel with the characters all of their emotions- which are conflicted and overwhelming.
Great performance of both voices, I cannot say who I liked better, Yahaira or Camino... I definitely loved aunt Thea.
I wholeheartedly recommend!

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  • 16-08-20

good book

I enjoyed listening to the audiobook. Heart warming ending as well. looking forward to Elizabeth Acevedo's other books.