Ibi Zoboi is the author of two novels for young adults, including Pride and American Street, and a finalist for the National Book Award. She holds an MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts and lives with her family in Brooklyn, New York. Zoboi’s middle-grade debut, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich, sets an utterly captivating character in a meticulously researched 1980s Harlem for a novel that deftly captures the historical intersection of the space race, popular science fiction, and early hiphop.
My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich
In the summer of 1984, 12-year-old Ebony-Grace makes the move from Alabama to Harlem to spend a few weeks with her father. An exciting and terrifying place for a sheltered girl from Hunstville, gritty and graffitied Harlem reveals it has more in common with her sci-fi adventures than she thought. Set in the early days of hip-hop, My Life as an Ice Cream Sandwich is a moving and hilarious story of a girl finding a place and a voice in a world that’s changing at warp speed.