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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 familys existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her fathers sexual orientation isnt 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.

 

Advance praise for SKYSCRAPING:

 

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 theyve reached the end. Her poetry is vivid, tangible, and visceral. Shes a rising star with a breathtaking debut. This is a novel made of star stuff.”—Skila Brown, author of Caminar

“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

Synopsis:

Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican-American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer.

Synopsis:

As the Panama Canal turns one hundred, Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle tells the story of its creation in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse.

Synopsis:

Newbery Honor-winner Margarita Engle tells the story of Cuban folk hero, abolitionist, and women's rights pioneer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse.

Synopsis:

“I find it so easy to forget / that I’m just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts.”

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.

Synopsis:

One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the worlds two largest oceans and signaled Americas emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day.

   From the young "silver people" whose back-breaking labor built the Canal to the denizens of the endangered rainforest itself, this is the story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, as only Newbery Honor-winning author Margarita Engle could tell it.

About the Author

Cordelia Jensen was Poet Laureate of Perry County, PA in 2006 and 2007. She holds an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts and teaches creative writing in Philadelphia, where she lives with her husband and children. @cordeliajensen.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9781600604294
Author:
Mccall, Guadalupe Garcia
Publisher:
Lee & Low Books
Author:
Garcia McCall, Guadalupe
Author:
McCall, Guadalupe Garcia
Author:
Engle, Margarita
Author:
Jensen, Cordelia
Subject:
Social Issues - Adolescence
Subject:
Family - General
Subject:
Health & Daily Living - Diseases, Illnesses &
Subject:
Children's 12-Up - Fiction - General
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction-Adolescence
Subject:
Children s Young Adult-Social Issue Fiction
Subject:
General
Subject:
Family - Parents
Subject:
gay, AIDS, HIV, LGBTQ, family, new york city, death, disease
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20111031
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
8 x 5.5 in 0.8 lb
Age Level:
from 12

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Product details 192 pages Lee & Low Books - English 9781600604294 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , Lupita, a budding actor and poet in a close-knit Mexican-American immigrant family, comes of age as she struggles with adult responsibilities during her mother's battle with cancer.
"Synopsis" by , As the Panama Canal turns one hundred, Newbery Honor winner Margarita Engle tells the story of its creation in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse.
"Synopsis" by ,

Newbery Honor-winner Margarita Engle tells the story of Cuban folk hero, abolitionist, and women's rights pioneer Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda in this powerful new YA historical novel in verse.

"Synopsis" by ,
“I find it so easy to forget / that I’m just a girl who is expected / to live / without thoughts.”

Opposing slavery in Cuba in the nineteenth century was dangerous. The most daring abolitionists were poets who veiled their work in metaphor. Of these, the boldest was Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda, nicknamed Tula. In passionate, accessible verses of her own, Engle evokes the voice of this book-loving feminist and abolitionist who bravely resisted an arranged marriage at the age of fourteen, and was ultimately courageous enough to fight against injustice. Historical notes, excerpts, and source notes round out this exceptional tribute.

"Synopsis" by , One hundred years ago, the world celebrated the opening of the Panama Canal, which connected the worlds two largest oceans and signaled Americas emergence as a global superpower. It was a miracle, this path of water where a mountain had stood—and creating a miracle is no easy thing. Thousands lost their lives, and those who survived worked under the harshest conditions for only a few silver coins a day.

   From the young "silver people" whose back-breaking labor built the Canal to the denizens of the endangered rainforest itself, this is the story of one of the largest and most difficult engineering projects ever undertaken, as only Newbery Honor-winning author Margarita Engle could tell it.

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