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  • ISBN: 9780525646570
  • ISBN: 0525646574
  • ISBN: 9780525646587
  • ISBN: 0525646582
  • ISBN: 9780525646600
  • ISBN: 0525646604
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Wendy Lamb Books, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, [2019]

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Autistic and nearly nonverbal, twelve-year-old Nova is happy in her new foster home and school, but eagerly anticipates the 1986 Challenger launch, for which her sister, Bridget, promised to return.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2019 April #2
    *Starred Review* Panteleakos' debut novel is an intricate and poignant portrait of love, loss, and courage. Nova, 12, is autistic and nonverbal, and she and her devoted older sister, Bridget, have been bounced from foster home to foster home since Nova was five. The story's set in the mid-1980s, so the resources available to Nova are paltry, and the language about her diagnosis is hurtful, though Bridget and Nova's new foster parents, Francine and Billy, are wonderfully supportive. Bridget spent years teaching Nova about astronomy and space travel, reading to her, and defending her. But now Bridget is gone, and Nova is holding out hope that she'll return to watch the Challenger launch with her. Nova writes letters to Bridget, which countdown to the launch, and though the letters are incomprehensible to other characters in the novel, Panteleakos uses the insightful, beautifully written letters to reveal the richness of Nova's inner life as she gradually remembers what happened to her sister. The Challenger disaster coincides with that realization, and Nova's meltdown and heartbreak are piercing. Yet she finds that she doesn't have to reject her past to step into a happy future. Panteleakos masterfully blends character and plot in this gorgeous, hopeful story. An author's note adds helpful context, particularly about the hurtful language social workers use to diagnose Nova and the author's own experiences with sensory processing disorder. Grades 4-8. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Nicole Panteleakos is a middle-grade author, playwright, and Ravenclaw whose plays have been performed at numerous theaters and schools in Connecticut and New York City. She earned her BA in Theatre Scriptwriting from Eastern Connecticut State University and is currently working toward her MFA in Children's Literature at Hollins University. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, and has three awesome godchildren, two quirky cats, and at least one Broadway song stuck in her head at all times. Planet Earth Is Blue is her debut novel. Visit Nicole on Twitter at @NicWritesBooks, on Facebook (, or at

Subject: Challenger (Spacecraft) > Accidents > Fiction.
Sisters > Fiction.
Autism > Fiction.
Foster children > Fiction.
Middle schools > Fiction.
Schools > Fiction.
Space shuttles > Accidents > Fiction.

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