Elizabeth Acevedo


ELIZABETH ACEVEDO is the Young People’s Poet Laureate and the New York Times-bestselling author of The Poet X, which won the National Book Award for Young People’s Literature. She is also has won the Michael L. Printz Award, the Pura Belpré Award, the Boston Globe–Horn Book Award, and the Walter Award. Her book With the Fire on High— was named a best book of the year by the New York Public Library—and Clap When You Land, which was a Boston Globe–Horn Book Honor book & Kirkus finalist. Her debut adult novel, Family Lore, has also been named a national bestseller. She is a National Poetry Slam champion and holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Maryland.


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.