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We Dream of Space
“If you liked My Jasper June, definitely read this. It follows three siblings, all in 7th grade, who confront their own problems in 1986 leading up to the Challenger Launch. Seemingly in their own worlds, the three orbit one another and coexist in the 'machine' that is their family and the galaxy system that is school and their town. Set against the backdrop of the fateful Challenger Launch, the siblings are each on a journey of discovery, both bad and good, ultimately leading back to one another. We Dream of Space touches on bullying, not fitting in, fighting parents, and hardships of breaking away from toxic friends, teaching lessons of owning who you are, what you want, and your own responsibility to yourself and the people who surround you.”Emma,
Newbery Honor Book
“A captivating story about family’s enduring bonds.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Another wondrous title from a remarkably talented author.” —Booklist (starred review)
“A 10 out of 10. Anyone interested in science, sibling relationships, and friendships will enjoy reading We Dream of Space.” —Time for Kids
Newbery Medalist and New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly transports readers to 1986 and introduces them to the unforgettable Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas in this pitch-perfect middle grade novel about family, friendship, science, and exploration. A great choice for readers of Kate DiCamillo, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Rebecca Stead.
Great for summer reading or anytime! A Today show pick for “25 children’s books your kids and teens won’t be able to put down this summer!"
Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties.
Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing seventh grade for the second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade on Main and wrestles with an explosive temper that he doesn’t understand. And Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA’s first female shuttle commander, but feels like she’s disappearing.
The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project—they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.
Told in three alternating points of view, We Dream of Space is an unforgettable and thematically rich novel for middle grade readers.