We Dream of Space

We Dream of Space

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It's January 1986. The launch of the Challenger is just weeks away, and Cash, Fitch, and Bird Nelson Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware.

Cash loves basketball, Dr. J, and a girl named Penny; he's also in danger of failing seventh grade for a second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade 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 Nelson Thomas siblings exist in their own orbits, circling a tense, crowded, and unpredictable household, dreaming of escape, dreaming of the future, dreaming of space. They have little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga—a failed applicant to the Teacher in Space program—who encourages her students to live vicariously through the launch. Cash and Fitch take a passive interest, but Bird builds her dreams around it.

When the fated day arrives, it changes everything.

Title:We Dream of Space
ISBN:9780062747303
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  • Erin Kelly

    I was in elementary school when the Challenger launched from Cape Canaveral. Like many people who witnessed the national tragedy, it has stayed with me over the years. I started writing this book in 2...

  • Colby Sharp

    I began this year finishing a book that I am sure will end up being one of my favorites of 2020. Erin Entrada Kelly will go down as one of the greatest storytellers of her time. This book will captiva...

  • Dennis

    Expectations, expectations.On paper, a story of three 80’s kids navigating middle-school and dreaming of space, set against the backdrop of the Challenger disaster, sounds great.Okay, it really wasn...

  • Danielle

    Erin Entrada Kelly tells the truth. In this story, she tells the truth about a family. About absent, bickering parents. About middle school. About siblings. About disappointment and regret and doubt a...

  • Ann-Marie

    I have too much to say about this book. Where do I begin? Do I start with the memories it brought back to me of my personal experience of the Challenger Disaster? "We Dream of Space" is about a famil...

  • BookNightOwl

    I LOVED this book!!! I wasn't sure what I was getting myself into until I heard The Challenger and unfortunately I knew what happened before I read it. Besides that i love how this dealt with a family...

  • DaNae

    I ultimately loved this book, but some of it was hard for me. The bickering between the parents felt so genuine, it gave me a bit of PTSD. Kelly gives every character a true and honest place. None of ...

  • Samantha

    Cute and mostly likable, though too long on message and short on story. Conceptually, this was a middle grade novel with a lot of potential. Unfortunately the execution was a bit of a disappointment. ...

  • Katie

    Actual Rating: 4.5 StarsThis was a really good story. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect because I didn't know that much going into it, but I ended up really enjoying it. This is the story of three ...

  • Mila

    The digital arc of this book was kindly provided by the publisher via Edelweiss+ website in exchange for an honest review.4,75 starsErin Entrada Kelly has such a huge talent for writing complex and in...