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Detroit Lakes Public Library J KEL (Text) 33500013246210 New Available -
McIntosh Public Library J KEL (Text) 33500013246228 New Available -
Roseau Public Library j KEL (Text) 35500006284358 Main Checked out 10/16/2020

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  • ISBN: 9780062747303
  • ISBN: 0062747304
  • Physical Description: 400 pages ; 21 cm.
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: [New York, NY] : Greenwillow Books, [2020].

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Cash, Fitch, and Bird Thomas are three siblings in seventh grade together in Park, Delaware. In 1986, as the country waits expectantly for the launch of the Space Shuttle Challenger, they each struggle with their own personal anxieties. Cash, who loves basketball but has a newly broken wrist, is in danger of failing seventh grade for the second time. Fitch spends every afternoon playing Major Havoc at the arcade on Main. And Bird, his twelve-year-old twin, dreams of being NASA's first female shuttle commander. The Thomas children exist in their own orbits, circling a tense and unpredictable household, with little in common except an enthusiastic science teacher named Ms. Salonga. As the launch of the Challenger approaches, Ms. Salonga gives her students a project; they are separated into spacecraft crews and must create and complete a mission. When the fated day finally arrives, it changes all of their lives and brings them together in unexpected ways.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2020 March #1
    *Starred Review* The prolific, Newbery Medal–winning Kelly contemplates space exploration and sibling bonds in her latest captivating novel. Twins Fitch and Bird and their older brother Cash each have strikingly different personalities and carry on largely separate lives, retreating to their rooms and hobbies to escape their parents' frequent bickering and criticism. Kelly begins her chronicles of the Nelson-Thomas siblings on January 1, 1986, bookending the narrative with the hopes of a fresh year and the historic launch of the space shuttle Challenger. Although some readers may not be familiar with the Challenger mission, the book's lead-up to the tragedy is propelled by the siblings' alternating perspectives and the advancement of the calendar days represented by each chapter, giving readers the sensation of a countdown and resulting in absorbing momentum. 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. Includes a section with information about Challenger and recommended resources. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Award-winning Kelly is showing no signs of slowing her climb to the heights of kidlit fame. Be prepared for lots of requests for this one. Grades 4-7. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Challenger (Spacecraft) > Accidents > Juvenile fiction.
Brothers and sisters > Juvenile fiction.
Twins > Juvenile fiction.
Science projects > Juvenile fiction.
Science teachers > Juvenile fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.

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