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Cordelia Jensen, "The Way the Light Bends"

Big Blue Marble is thrilled to host a launch for one of our own! Former staffer Cordelia Jensen's second YA novel in verse comes out in April, so we're partying. The event will include special guest teen blogger Annie Rupertus, who will be introducing and interviewing Cordelia.

The Way the Light Bends is a powerful novel in verse about fitting in, standing out, defining your own self-worth, and what it takes to keep a fracturing family whole. The story follows virtual twins Linc and Holly, who were once extremely close. But while artistic, creative Linc is her parents' daughter biologically, it's smart, popular Holly, adopted from Ghana as a baby, who exemplifies the family's high-achieving model of academic success.

Cordelia Jensen graduated with a MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2012. Cordelia has three verse novels: Skyscraping (Philomel/Penguin) and two forthcoming books, The Way the Light Bends (Philomel/Penguin) and Every Shiny Thing (Amulet/Abrams), which she co-authored with VCFA classmate Laurie Morrison. Skyscraping was named an American Library Association’s 2016 Best Book for Young Adults. Cordelia teaches Writing for Children at Bryn Mawr College. She runs a kids’ literary journal called the Mt. Airy Musers.