Thirteen-year-old Cash and 12-year-old twins Fitch and Bird are struggling to pilot their way through the problems of middle school and life with a fairly dysfunctional family. But it’s January 1986 and everybody’s attention is on the soon-to-launch Challenger space shuttle. Astronaut-wannabe Bird hopes that exciting event will help them find a better family orbit.
Newberry Award winning author Erin Entrada Kelly launches us into Bird’s and her brothers’ tale in the book We Dream of Space. It’s the kind of story that makes for a sure-fire Plugged In Pick for 8-to-12-year-old readers who want something serious to take flight with. There’s some sadness in the mix and youthful struggles with the issues of life, but this book raises solid questions that kids can mull over while thinking about their own family, life and dreams.