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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

By Ibi Zoboi
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich by Ibi Zoboi digital book - Fable

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Publisher Description

National Book Award-finalist Ibi Zoboi makes her middle-grade debut with a moving story of a girl finding her place in a world that's changing at warp speed.

Twelve-year-old Ebony-Grace Norfleet has lived with her beloved grandfather Jeremiah in Huntsville, Alabama ever since she was little. As one of the first black engineers to integrate NASA, Jeremiah has nurtured Ebony-Grace’s love for all things outer space and science fiction—especially Star Wars and Star Trek. But in the summer of 1984, when trouble arises with Jeremiah, it’s decided she’ll spend a few weeks with her father in Harlem.
 
Harlem is an exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, and Ebony-Grace’s 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 Harlem has a place for a girl whose eyes are always on the stars.

A New York Times Bestseller

24 Reviews

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Slightly Smiling Face“What a cute book! I really enjoyed reading about Ebony and her love for space that she shared with her grandfather. She had a very vivid imagination and it was fun to read about what she saw versus the reality of what was going on. Overall reading this and just imaging myself being in New York City during the summertime as a kid just felt like freedom! I will say that the ending felt abrupt and when an issue arose in the story it felt unresolved. I experienced shock while I read it but the characters seemed detached which was unexpected to me. Aside from that I enjoyed the story and I couldn’t help myself from reading about a nerdy black girl!”
Easy to readComing of ageUnsatisfying ending
“So I don't think this book really works for the target audience-- I can't imagine a 10 year old reading it and not being super confused. I still feel confused by this book after finishing it. Basically every single arc in this book remains unresolved after the last page, including and especially Ebony-Grace's war with her own imagination. I think I expected her to find some way to integrate her own imagination into her reality, but that never happened, and the lack of distinction between reality and imagination was just really confusing. Ebony-Grace also feels much younger than the 7th grader she's supposed to be to me. I will say the quality of writing is so excellent, and the setting is really powerful, as are the secondary characters. And the sci-fi space stuff in the book is STRONG! So that was grand, even though I didn't understand most of the references.”

About Ibi Zoboi

Ibi Zoboi is a New York Times-bestselling author of books for children and young adults. Her debut novel, American Street, was a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. Born in Haiti and raised in New York City, she now lives with her family in New Jersey.

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