We dream of space: family is a complicated galaxy!

We dream of space by Erin Entrada Kelly
Pages: 400
Format: ARC by Harper Kids
Top 3 Genres: Middle Grade, Historical, Family
My rating: 
Set it on fire/ If you have nothing else to read/ you need to read it/Run and buy it.
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Hi guys!! Today is the book birthday of We dream of Space by Erin Entrada Kelly… so perfect day to tell you how much I enjoyed it right?

Cash loves the Philadelphia 76ers, 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, who live in Park, Delaware, 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.

Meet the Nelson-Thomas Family!

In this middle grade, we follow the Nelson-Thomas children, in their early teen years: Cash and the Twins (Fitch and Bird). With the chapters alternating between their three POV, we discover more about their daily life, their worries, and how they try to understand their place in the world. And in the background, we have the Challenger launch, liked a fixed point allowing all the story to rotate around it. The Before, the During and the After.
It also allows us to brilliantly compare the family dynamics with a solar system, each member on its own orbit, and too rarely gravitating together.

Cash is failing at school and feels like he is failing at life too. Everything he tries seems to turn against him. And with his broken wrist, it is easy to just stay there and watch TV. But where will that lead him?

Fitch is crazy about arcade games, and do not want anyone to pierce his bubble and reach out to him. He has so much anger inside of him, that when it comes out, he might hurt more people than he thought, and not be able to deal with it.

And finally, we have Bird, the sister, smart and good at school, but with a world of dreams inside of her. She feels like no one hears or sees her, or even simply care.

Three siblings who don’t have much in common but one thing: their parents and how they fight. Because yes, behind these kids wondering about their lives and trying to understand it, there are these two parents constantly arguing: about gender equality, chores, things to say or not to say. Through the pages, we can see how much it is affecting their children, who disappear in the conflicts and become collaterals. They learned to survive this kind of family, and honestly, it broke my heart. 

Because we see how it shaped them, and how it is making their struggles even harder. Because in the end, they have to face them mostly alone… mostly because they do have something after all: each other!

In a few words

A very moving story about brotherly love, taking us into the daily lives of three super attaching kids trying to find where and how they belong in this big big world. Enrobed in such a good storytelling! A must read!

See you for a cup,

Elise

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