My first thoughts when I went to pick up this book to read it, I told myself that I’m going to love it. Since on paper, it has all the elements I look for in a book like the Realistic Fiction and it being Middle Grade and from what I heard from other people whose opinion I value. In this book, we meet Ebony-Grace Norfleet, a 12-year-old and a love for everything space-related. It was great to read Ebony’s way of thinking.
She is a clever one that girl, but she gets misunderstood by everyone when she goes on a trip from Huntsville, Alabama, to Harlem to live with her dad for a few weeks, she didn’t want to go. Which makes me think of how much as an adult, we oversee other people’s feelings sometimes, especially kids since they tend to express themselves differently. She is super close to her grandfather.
Earlier in the book, we find that her granddad is Jeremiah Norfleet who was a bit of a celebrity when he was working at NASA as the first black engineers to integrate NASA two decades earlier so the passion for space runs in the blood. Another thing I love about the main character is how she isn’t scared to be myself, even if the odds weren’t in her favour, which is fantastic.
Back in 2017, I read American Street by the same author and I like that book a bit more than My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich but I still gave three stars out of five stars. Also, if you enjoyed The Year We Fell From Space by A.S. King chances are that you will love this book since I got the same vibe from both books.