Grace Needs Space! (2023)

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Grace is SO EXCITED to fly a freighter from her home space station (and away from her BORING mother Evelyn) to a faraway moon! Plus, she’ll get some quality time with her FUN mom Kendra—something Grace definitely needs. Finally, a real adventure that Grace can get excited about while the rest of her space station friends go away for their summer vacations.

But when Kendra is too focused on work, Grace’s first big trip suddenly becomes kind of lonely. Grace had so many plans for fun. But all it takes is one quick decision to explore the moon by herself before Grace’s adventure suddenly becomes not so out of this world at all. With her mom mad at her, Grace wants nothing more than to return home. Then their ship breaks down. Will Grace be able to get through to her mom and save their trip in the end?

From: Penguin Random House

Notes on This Title

The main character of this title has two moms, who are separated. This focal character, along with one of the moms, has dark skin.


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“A tender story that explores the complexity of familial bonds as deftly as it does the outer regions of space.” (Source: Kirkus Reviews)

“A 12-year-old discovers that even navigating the vastness of space is not as complicated as maneuvering conflicts surrounding family and friendship in this lushly illustrated adventure graphic novel.” (Source: Publishers Weekly)


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