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Cordelia Jensen was Poet Laureate of Perry County, PA in 2006 and 2007.aShe holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches creative writing in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and children. Follow her on Twitter @cordeliajensen.
Praise for SKYSCRAPING: A 2016 NCTE Children's Notable Verse Novel A Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ Book for Youth title A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults title A Booklist Essential LGBTQIA Book for Youth A Los Angeles Public Library's Best Book for Teens * "Exquisite free-verse poems...illuminating and deeply felt."--Booklist *STARRED* * "[An] exquisite coming-of-age novel in verse."--School Library Connection *STARRED* "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 "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 "It left me speechless. Skyscraping is like a regular book with wings."--Becky Albertalli, author of National Book Award finalist Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda "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