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I Love You, Michael Collins by Lauren Baratz-Logsted - Signed Copy

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A heartwarming story about family and being true to yourself.


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It's 1969 and the country is gearing up for what looks to be the most exciting moment in U.S. history: men landing on the moon. Ten-year-old Mamie's class is given an assignment to write letters to the astronauts. All the girls write to Neil Armstrong ("So cute!") and all the boys write to Buzz Aldrin ("So cool!"). Only Mamie writes to Michael Collins, the astronaut who will come so close but never achieve everyone else's dream of walking on the moon, because he is the one who must stay with the ship. After school ends, Mamie keeps writing to Michael Collins, taking comfort in telling someone about what's going on with her family as, one by one, they leave the house thinking that someone else is taking care of her--until she is all alone except for her cat and her best friend, Buster. And as the date of the launch nears, Mamie can't help but wonder: Does no one stay with the ship anymore? With I LOVE YOU, MICHAEL COLLINS, Lauren Baratz-Logsted has created a heartwarming story about family and being true to yourself. Paperback, 230 pages.

Amazon Editors' Pick Best Books of June 2017
Semifinalist: GoodReads Choice Awards 2017 Best Middle Grade and Children's Book
National Council for Social Studies/Children's Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People 2018
The Planetary Society Recommended Space Books for Kids of All Ages 2017
The National Science and Engineering Council of Canada list of books for Science Literacy Week 2018
2018-2019 Keystone to Reading Elementary Book Award Intermediate Grade list
2018-19 Maine Student Book Award Reading List
2018-2019 Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award List, Grades 3-5
TriState Books of Note 2018 (Pennsylvania, Delaware and New Jersey)
2018-19 Alabama Camellia Children's Choice Award list in the 4th-5th Grade Fiction Division

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I Love You, Michael Collins!
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Very good book! I'm an older adult and I'm enjoying it a lot. It's funny, easy to read and inciteful, how a young girl with only one friend and a troubled family life finds someone to write to that will listen. She can tell him anything and know he's not going to tell, whereas Buster may have to tell his mom. She's very resourceful and mature for her age, remembering things she's been taught like, being careful not to fall in the bath, taking the phone off the hook, and teaching her dad how to wash dishes. I highly recommend this book!

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Heartwarming Story
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This is a wonderful story about a time with the United States pulled together to cheer on the space race. Embedded in this event is the tale of Mamie, a 10-year-old girl who's trying to figure out a lot of things while writing a series of letters to Michael Collins, the astronaut who stayed in the Command Module while Aldrin and Armstrong walked on the moon and received all the limelight. I highly recommend this one as either a read aloud or a regular guided reading exercise! Perfect for grades 3-7.

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