My debut, a YA verse novel entitled SKYSCRAPING, came out in 2015 and I just received two more book deals, both forthcoming in 2018! See more about all of these books below.
EVERY SHINY THING (forthcoming from Amulet/Abrams Books)
Maggie Lehrman at Abrams/Amulet Books has pre-empted world rights to co-authors and fellow VCFA grads Cordelia Jensen (r.) andLaurie Morrison‘s middle grade debut,Every Shiny Thing. In it, two seventh graders – Lauren, who comes from an affluent family, and her new neighbor Sierra, who is in foster care – team up to enact a Robin Hood scheme to right some societal wrongs, and learn lessons about justice, friendship, and family in the process. Publication is planned for spring 2018; Sara Crowe at Harvey Klinger brokered the deal.
THE WAY THE LIGHT BENDS (forthcoming Philomel/ Penguin Random House, 2018)
SKYSCRAPING (Philomel/Penguin Random House)
A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness
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.
SKYSCRAPING was named one of YALSA’s BEST FICTION BOOKS FOR YOUNG ADULTS
SKYSCRAPING was named one of NCTE’S 2016 NOTABLE VERSE NOVELS
SKYSCRAPING was named one of the TOP 10 LGBTQ BOOKS FOR YOUTH by Booklist
SKYSCRAPING was named one of the BEST OF 2015: TEEN BOOKS by the Los Angeles Public Library
SKYSCRAPING was named one of Bustle’s 15 Best Books of June
SKYSCRAPING was named Paste Magazine’s 13 of the Best Books of June
SKYSCRAPING was named by HYPABLE as one of the Fifteen YA Books to Read in 2015
Praise for SKYSCRAPING:
“exquisite free verse poems . . . illuminating and deeply felt.”–Booklist, STARRED review
“This book should be popular with fans of Sarah Dessen and would be a worthy addition to most high school library collections.”—VOYA
“Jensen’s spare free-verse poems and accessible imagery realistically portray the fraught moments of adolescent identity formation with great empathy. Compelling snapshots of contemporary family drama and the AIDS epidemic as captured through a teen’s eyes.” —Kirkus Reviews
“A moving coming-of-age story…well written in a beautifully flowing free verse. This lyrical, accessible narrative with spare text is a great choice for reluctant readers…those who enjoyed Isabel Quintero’s Gabi, a Girl in Pieces (Cinco Puntos, 2014), also about a strong female protagonist in her senior year of high school facing tough decisions, and fans of Neal Shusterman’s coming-of-age tale set in New York City, Downsiders (S. & S., 1999). A skillfully told and captivating novel about love, family, and surviving the hardships of life.”—School Library Journal
“Written in straightforward, accessible free verse tinged with celestial metaphors, this story–set in a well-rendered 1993 NYC–is sincere, touching, and heartwrenching.” —Horn Book
“In gorgeous poetic verse, Jensen captures the raw emotions and hard truths of a family dealing with forgiveness and love…. Your heart will soar and break and heal anew.” –An Na, author of Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist A Step from Heaven
“Skyscraping is brilliant, sharp and bright. A stellar story. Jensen has written a powerful tale about love and loss, a story that will stick with readers long after they’ve reached the end. Her poetry is vivid, tangible, and visceral. She’s a rising star with a breathtaking debut. This is a novel made of star stuff.”—Skila Brown, author of Caminar
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