Cordelia is an 11-year-old girl and a bit of a loner. She finds comfort in facts, knowledge, and consistency. She prefers her world not to change.
Things do change however, when Cordelia meets a magical blue whale named Beatrice. Nothing is ever the same for Cordelia as she befriends the ancient whale and finds out secrets of the universe from Beatrice that she must learn and master.
Cordelia and the Whale is a timeless story filled with magical realism about belief, courage, confidence and the need for all of us to find strength and power in ourselves and each other through communication, connection and a little bit of magic. We are all meant to fly in this world – perhaps literally.
Michelle Nelson-Schmidt and her debut middle grade novel, Cordelia and the Whale is featured in Publisher's Weekly and on the cover of Book Life Magazine in May 2018 in an article, Shifting Gears and Finding Indie Success; An innovative author-illustrator turns to self-publishing by Matia Burnett.