Elizabeth Acevedo Bestseller ‘With The Fire On High’ Lands At Picturestart With Movie In Works

Elizabeth Acevedo at the National Book Awards ceremony in 2018 Brad Barket/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Elizabeth Acevedo at the National Book Awards ceremony in 2018 Brad Barket/Invision/AP/Shutterstock

Picturestart has acquired rights to Elizabeth Acevedo’s New York Times bestselling novel With the Fire on High and will develop and produce a film that Acevedo is set to adapt.

Published in May by HarperCollins, the book tells the story of Emoni Santiago, a 17-year-old girl who must navigate the challenges of modern life in Philadelphia after becoming a single mother during her freshman year of high school. 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 straight-up goodness and pure joy for everyone in her life including her baby girl and her abuela. Even though she dreams of working as a chef after she graduates, Emoni knows it’s not worth her time to pursue the impossible. Yet, despite the rules she thinks she has to play by, once Emoni starts cooking, her only choice is to let her talent break free . . .

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