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My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich

By Barbara Saunders, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Tween uses vivid imagination to cope in confusing novel.

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Author Ibi Zoboi does a good job conjuring up the 1980s, but some of the nostalgic detail may be out of reach for the target audience. A 12-year-old reader in 2019 may not understand a joke about the song "Ebony and Ivory" or appreciate the irony of E-Grace's excitement when Ronald Reagan announces the plan to put a teacher in space. Even the Star Trek references may be obscure to some young readers. Also difficult is the way E-Grace floats in and out of her fantasies. It's hard to tell whether Zoboi intends her to be a girl with a vivid imagination or whether she might have a developmental or neurological disorder; that makes it challenging to figure out what My Life as An Ice Cream Sandwich's message is.

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