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Interview: Ibi Ziboi Brings Distinctive New Voices To Life In My Life As An Ice Cream Sandwich

In order to write a character like Ebony Grace, I absolutely had to hear her voice.
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  • My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
  • In order to write a character like Ebony Grace, I absolutely had to hear her voice.

Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller

A BookExpo Editor Buzz Selection

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.

©2019 Ibi Zoboi (P)2019 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"[Ebony-Grace's] boundless faith in her dreams also brings to mind another high-flying science enthusiast who once advised, 'Never be limited by other people's imaginations.' That speaker was Mae C. Jemison, an engineer, medical doctor, astronaut, and the first African American woman to go into space." (New York Times Book Review)

"Filled with rich imaginative scenes and comics-style illustrations, this book will truly transport its readers to another world." (Booklist)

"Highlights the importance of imagination and learning to celebrate what it means to be different in a world that demands conformity." (Horn Book)

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Narrator was great! Listened with my 10yr. old daughter. We both enjoyed listening. Would recommend.

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