My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

By: Ibi Zoboi

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.


Black-and-white illustrations.

ISBN: 9780399187353

JLG Release: Oct 2019


Sensitive Areas: Discrimination; Mild violence, Mention of drugs, Allusions to prostitution
Topics: Imagination , Interpersonal relations , African Americans , Harlem, New York City , Conduct of life , Friendship , Grandparents and grandchildren , Science-fiction fandom , NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) , Huntsville, Alabama , Family problems

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In the summer before seventh grade, in 1984, Ebony-Grace Norfleet Freeman— also known as E-Grace Starfleet, space cadet, in the comics she imagines—is on her way to visit her father in Harlem. Her journey from Huntsville, Alabama, to New York City seems more like a trip to a foreign galaxy, as she must cope with living with a father she hardly In the summer before seventh grade, in 1984, Ebony-Grace Norfleet Freeman— also known as E-Grace Starfleet, space cadet, in the comics she imagines—is on her way to visit her father in Harlem. Her journey from Huntsville, Alabama, to New York City seems more like a trip to a foreign galaxy, as she must cope with living with a father she hardly knows, adjusting to an unfamiliar neighborhood, and navigating confusing social circles and friendships. Adding to her anxiety, she soon learns that her beloved grandfather (the only person who entertains her star-filled dreams of science fiction, space travel, and adventure) is in some kind of trouble back home, and unfortunately for her, she will be staying in Harlem longer than initially planned. Throughout the novel, Ebony-Grace faces the challenges of change and of creating new relationships and community. Zoboi’s (American Street, rev. 3/17; Pride, rev. 9/18) touching and (sometimes) humorous coming-of-age story highlights the importance of imagination and learning to celebrate what it means to be different in a world that demands conformity. Interspersed black-and-white panel illustrations that depict Ebony-Grace’s fanciful voyages to other worlds add touches of nostalgia and authenticity to an already-captivating character and story.

Book Details

ISBN

9780399187353

First Release

October 2019

Genre

Fic

Dewey Classification

F

Trim Size

8" x 6"

Page Count

256

Accelerated Reader

Level 5.2; Points: 10;

Scholastic Reading Counts

Level 0; Points: 0;

Lexile

Level 830L

Format

Print Book

Edition

Hardcover edition

Publisher

Dutton

Potentially Sensitive Areas

Discrimination; Mild violence, Mention of drugs, Allusions to prostitution

Topics

Imagination, Interpersonal relations, African Americans, Harlem, New York City, Conduct of life, Friendship, Grandparents and grandchildren, Science-fiction fandom, NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), Huntsville, Alabama, Family problems,

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