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Discussion Guide: We Dream of Space

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Book Summary We Dream of Space:

Set in January 1986, around the Space Shuttle Challenger launch, siblings Bird, Fitch, and Cash discover how much our lives can change in a short time. This award-winning book is told from all three siblings' points of view and how they see and interact with their science teacher, their classmates, each other, and their family.

For children ages 8 - 12 years old who love: See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng and The Science of Breakable Things by Tae Keller.

  • Erin Entrada Kelly chose to write from Bird’s point of view and her brothers’ perspectives. Have you read another book that had multiple points of view?

  • Who was your favorite sibling in the story, Bird, Fitch, or Cash, and why?

  • Did you agree with the actions of Bird, Fitch, and Cash? If not, why?

  • Erin incorporated some parts of her book from being a child growing up in the 1980s, especially the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster being the first major news event of her lifetime. Can you think of a news event that you will look back on and remember as an adult?

  • Learn more about the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster by checking out or requesting The Space Shuttle Challenger by Todd Kortemeier at your library.

—Thank you to author Erin Entrada Kelly and Associate Director, Publicity of HarperCollins Children's Books Jacquelynn Burke.

“He doesn't quite know where he belongs in the world. And he has all these emotions that he doesn't know what to do with, and he doesn't have anyone at home to help him navigate those emotions.”

—Erin Entrada Kelly

Book cover for We Dream of Space
We Dream of Space
Kelly, Erin Entrada