We Dream of Space
- Erin Entrada Kelly
- Offered By: Thorndike Striving Reader
- ISBN-10: 1432884700
- ISBN-13: 9781432884703
- Shipping Weight: 1.00 lbs ( .45 kgs)
- 336 Pages | Hardcover
- Published/Released November 2020
A New York Times Bestselling Author
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
“Newbery Medal–winning Kelly contemplates space exploration and sibling bonds in her latest captivating novel. . . . Another wondrous title from a remarkably talented author.”— Booklist (starred)
“Newbery Award–winner Kelly follows three Delaware siblings in the weeks leading up to the January 1986 launch of the Challenger. . . . Kelly shows the incredible power of words - the irreparable damage they inflict and their ability to uplift - while crafting a captivating story about family’s enduring bonds.”— Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Entrada Kelly tells the story . . . of Cash, Fitch and Bird . . . [and their] power to form the family they want themselves. Lyrical but direct writing, relatable characters, and an engaging 1980s setting give this thoughtful read high appeal for middle grade readers.”— School Library Journal (starred)
“Kelly writes a heartfelt story of family and the bond of siblings. . . . Put this book in your orbit.”— Kirkus Reviews