A New York Times Bestseller
A Walter Dean Meyers Award Winner
A USA Today Bestseller
A School Library Journal Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Kirkus Best Book of the Year
A Goodreads Finalist for Best Teen Book of the Year
A Time Magazine Best Book of the Year
A Shelf Awareness Best Book of the Year
A Newbery Award-Winning Author
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.
Age Range: 8-12 | Grade Level: 3-7 | Lexile Measure: NA