Happy book birthday to Newbery Medal-winning author, Erin Entrada Kelly, on her new novel, We Dream of Space, a heartwarming story about three siblings who are struggling with a tumultuous home life and school anxieties.
As adults, we remember where we were when the space shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after take-off. Although we know the spoiler at the end of the space journey, that’s only a small part of the story for these three siblings. Cash, Fitch and Bird have their personal struggles in seventh grade that make them feel alone and in their own orbits.
We often hear that kids are resilient. This story captures that sentiment beautifully as the main characters learn to navigate a tense home life and disappointments at school. Although set thirty-four years ago, the growing pains of the characters still resonates today. The reader learns that you don’t have to experience personal loss to have a devastating set-back. The loss can be in the form of crushed hopes and dreams.
Young readers will also learn that being kind to each other, as well as yourself, is life’s biggest reward. We Dream of Space is a rewarding reading journey from beginning to end.
The reviews are in . . . “The prolific, Newbery Medal-winning Kelly contemplates space exploration and sibiling bonds in her latest captivating novel . . . Kelly deftly contrasts the hope and possibility of space exploration with the tempestuous home life of the Nelson-Thomas kids, where so much seems mundane and out of their control. The author never shies from difficult realities—whether national tragedy or domestic troubles—and offers no tidy solutions, instead allowing her characters a newfound sense of agency and the sweet reward of finding solace in each other. Another wondrous title from a remarkably talented author.”—Booklist, Starred Review.
Learn more about Erin Estrada Kelly at www.erinentradakelly.com