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My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich
My Life As an Ice Cream Sandwich | Ibi Zoboi
National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with an unforgettable character: Ebony-Grace Norfleet, the sci-fi-obsessed granddaughter of one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA. Set in Harlem in the early days of hip-hop, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich is a moving and hilarious story of girl finding a place and a voice in a world that's changing at warp speed. In the summer of 1984, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet makes the trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem, where she'll spend a few weeks with her father while her mother deals with some trouble that's arisen for Ebony-Grace's beloved grandfather, Jeremiah. Jeremiah Norfleet is a bit of a celebrity in Huntsville, where he was one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA two decades earlier. And ever since his granddaughter came to live with him when she was little, he's nurtured her love of all things outer space and science fiction--especially Star Wars and Star Trek, both of which she's watched dozens of time on Grandaddady's Betamax machine. So even as Ebony-Grace struggled to make friends among her peers, she could always rely on her grandfather and the imaginary worlds they created together. In Harlem, however, she faces a whole new challenge. Harlem in 1984 is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and her first instinct is to retreat into her imagination. But soon 126th Street begins to reveal that it has more in common with her beloved sci-fi adventures than she ever thought possible, and by summer's end, Ebony-Grace discovers that gritty and graffitied Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars. Zoboi's middle-grade debut sets an utterly captivating character in a meticulously researched 1980s Harlem for a novel that will delight and inspire.
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MandaMT
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Ebony Grace has been sent to stay with her father in Harlem, leaving her beloved Granddaddy/ partner in crime back in Alabama. Cadet E-Grace Starfleet, as she calls herself, is obsessed with space and sci-fi. She lives in her head, rigidly insisting she‘s on a mission to save her captain (grandpa). This gives her a reputation as an odd duck around the neighborhood. There are some wonderful reflections on the unique beauty on different places .

LiteraryinLititz Glad you liked it! @BennettBookworm and I are both going to be reading this soon! 4w
MandaMT It‘s a little different than your typical MG novel. As with American Street, Zoboi‘s characters are imperfect people who are not always easy to like. Ebony Grace‘s district perspective takes a minute to decode sometimes. That‘s why I liked it though. 4w
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Literary.Gem37
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(DNF) I am very disappointed to DNF this book.. but it's just dragging on and I just can't keep going

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Literary.Gem37
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I have been waiting on this book.. Finally, I have it

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NovelNancy
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While this book was not for me, I can see some students connecting with it. Students who have vivid imaginations, who are neurodiverse, who love Star Trek or Star Wars, who are of color might all see a bit of themselves in Ebony Grace. Not everyone is going to love this book, but I definitely think some young adults will identify with the character and it may be an important book for them. I will be promoting it in my classes.

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LibrarianRyan
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I am looking forward to this book. Not only does it have a great cover, and an amazing author, it has been racking up the professional star reviews.

Out August 27

#CoverLove #KidsEdition

kgriffith This looks amaaaaazing 6mo
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tjwill
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I shipped my last day‘s books home, and they arrived yesterday, so here is the last of them! #bookhaul I‘m especially excited about Lady in the Lake and My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich!

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pocketmermaid
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Today I went to the Penguin Young Readers Summer 2019 Librarian & Educator preview showcase to hear about some awesome upcoming titles. Authors Ibi Zoboi And Laura Tucker were there and so the top two books in this pile are signed! 😻 #pyrpreview

kspenmoll Sounds fantastic! 10mo
LiteraryinLititz A new Ibi Zoboi?! Exciting! 10mo
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