What It Is About - FIVE Things You Need to Know:
1. *Nova is twelve years old and doesn't speak.
2. *This hasn't been a problem in the past because she always had her older sister Bridget who was both a protector and support to Nova.
3. *The two sisters shared a love of space exploration and were going to watch the launch of the Challenger together.
4. *When the two sisters are separated in the foster care system, Nova is still hopeful that she and her sister will be able to witness history together.
5. *As Nova settles in with a new foster family, new school, and new interactions; all she can really focus on is where her older sister is and when she will return.
What I Thought Of It - Five Observations/Reflections:
1. *The story was told in two formats; one being in third person and the other being letters that Nova wrote to her sister as the days got closer to the launch of Challenger. This worked beautifully.
2. *I had such empathy and hope for Nova. She was such a special young girl that just wanted to share her gifts with the world.
3. *Of course I was curious about the whereabouts of Bridget and was quite shocked when I read the climax/conclusion of the story.
4. *Nova's foster parents were absolutely wonderful and I hope there are actual people out in the real world just like them.
5. *The themes of hope, dreams, and goals were written with care, grace, and sensitivity.
Who Should Read It:
Readers in elementary school will fall in love with Nova, her passions, and her love for both life and space. I would say that students in grades four, five, and six would be best for the novel. Middle-school readers will also find the book a satisfying read. I would also recommend this title to adult readers who enjoy strong middle-grade books with strong characters and a moving plot. Happy Reading!
Rating: 4 STARS out of 5 Stars