Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, February 9, 7:30 PM ET
Marie Arnold presents The Year I Flew Away
In conversation with Zoraida Córdova
Marie Arnold comes to Greenlight (virtually!) to present her debut middle grade novel, The Year I Flew Away! This enchanting tale follows ten-year-old Gabrielle and her rocky transition from Haiti to Brooklyn where she’s sent to live with extended family. Sick of being bullied for her choppy English, Gabrielle strikes a deal reminiscent of the Little Mermaid when a witch promises she can turn her into the “perfect American”. But soon Gabrielle realizes how much she has given up by trying to fit in and, along with her two new friends (one of them a talking rat), takes on the witch in an epic battle to try to reverse the spell. Gabrielle is a funny and engaging heroine you won’t soon forget in this sweet and lyrical novel that’s perfect for fans of Hurricane Child and Front Desk. Zoraida Córdova, author of The Way to Rio Luna and the award-winning Brooklyn Brujas series, joins Arnold in this magical conversation on immigration, acceptance, and identity.