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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
By (author): Ibi Zoboi
9780399187353 Hardcover English Juvenile: Age (years) from 10, Grade (US) from 5 JUVENILE FICTION / Social Themes / Prejudice & Racism Aug 27, 2019
$22.99 CAD
Forthcoming 5.5 x 8.25 in 256 pages SELECT ILLUSTRATED SPREADS Dutton Children's Books Dutton Books for Young Readers
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.

Diverse middle-grade historical fiction at its best. Fans of Rita Williams-Garcia’s One Crazy Summer will adore this similarly inspriring and thought-provoking coming-of-age tale set against a pivotal moment in American history.

Ebony-Grace is an irresistible, hugely sympathetic character. Zoboi paints a loving portrait of an African American girl who can close her eyes, rise to the stars, and conjure whole universes of stories, but with her eyes open and feet planted, she struggles to find a place she feels welcome. It’s impossible not to cheer for her.

Afrofuturism made accessible for middle grade. Zoboi deftly captures the historical intersection of the space race, popular science fiction, and early hiphop as she weaves real figures like Guion Bluford and black engineers who integrated NASA with beloved Star Wars and Star Trek references and allusions to the rap tracks that were the soundtrack of Harlem. The book is a subtle but powerful reminder that African Americans have always played a role in how America imagines a future in outer space.

Ibi Zoboi is a star. In addition to earning enormous critical acclaim for her first two YA jovels, Ibi spent the last year visiting schools across the country. She’s a charismatic speaker and deeply thoughtful critic, poised to claim a place as one of children’s literature’s most eloquent voices.

Ibi Zoboi is the author of two novels for young adults, including Pride and American Street, a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York.

Author Residence: Brooklyn, New York

Author Hometown: New York City

Marketing: 6-copy prepack w/ L-Card


$103.92 ($143.92CAN)

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