Sweet Sixteener Laura Shovan recently spoke to Fearless Fifteener Cordelia Jensen about her debut YA novel-in-verse, SKYSCRAPING (June 2, 2015 from Philomel/Penguin Random House).
About the Author:
Cordelia Jensen is the debut YA author of the verse novel Skyscraping (Philomel/Penguin Random House.) She was Poet Laureate of Perry County, PA in 2006 and 2007. Cordelia holds a MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches creative writing in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and children. She is represented by Sara Crowe.
Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.
Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.