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New Middle Grade Novels: 2 Books, 3 Authors

Please join us as, for the second time this month, we celebrate a new book from former Big Blue Marble staffer Cordelia Jensen. This time around we'll be hosting a panel of Middle Grade authors facilitated by local teens Bluma and Sadie Hammarhead and Mikaela Finlay.

Writers include Cordelia Jensen and Laurie Morrison, co-authors of Every Shiny Thing and Lauren Abbey Greenberg, author of The Battle of Junk Mountain.

Every Shiny Thing is a middle-grade novel in verse and prose, co-written with Laurie Morrison. The novel tells the intertwined stories of two girls: Lauren, who prides herself on being a good sister, and Sierra, who is used to taking care of her mom. When Lauren's parents send her brother to a therapeutic boarding school for teens on the autism spectrum and Sierra moves to a foster home in Lauren's wealthy neighborhood, both girls are lost until they find a deep bond with each other. But when Lauren recruits Sierra to help with a Robin Hood scheme to raise money for autistic kids who don't have her family's resources, Sierra has a lot to lose if the plan goes wrong. Lauren must learn that having good intentions isn't all that matters when you battle injustice, and Sierra needs to realize that sometimes, the person you need to take care of is yourself.

Former Big Blue Marble staffer Cordelia Jensen is the author of the YA novels-in-verse Skyscraping and The Way the Light Bends. This is Laurie Morrison's first novel. Both authors live in Philadelphia and received MFAs in writing for children and young adults from the Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Later Event: April 27
Poetry Aloud & Alive