On page 110 of the text, Lerner describes the impact that the 1986 Challenger space shuttle disaster had on himself and the rest of the nation. He also mentions Christa McAuliffe, who was the first teacher and American civilian selected to travel to space. She is a real person and was proudly chosen to represent the average American hero. Her story: https://www.biography.com/people/christa-mcauliffe-9390406 gave hope to those living daily mundane lives and inspired many children including Lerner himself who shares that he wrote letters to McAuliffe in his third grade class. I found this interesting as it relates to a modern novel because the younger generations and those classified as millennials were not impacted by the 1986 tragedy. I personally have heard accounts from my parents and grandparents, but I never knew a public figure like McAuliffe existed. By urging the reader to research this topic, Lerner is potentially connecting multiple generations to reflect on a significant date of American history as well as highlighting the effects that history still has on modern day society.