The World From Up Here

The World From Up Here
Age Range
8+
Release Date
June 28, 2016
ISBN
9780545848459
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Wren Baker has never felt brave a day in her life. She doesn't even know what she's afraid of, really. Only that if she raises her voice or leaves her mark or ventures too far from home, she'll risk falling flat on her face.

But that all changes when Wren's cousin, Silver, walks into her life. Silver is totally fearless. Maybe that's why she's the most popular girl in the sixth grade. She dares Wren to take risks, to live out loud, to finally spread her wings. And when Silver decides to undertake the journey of a lifetime, Wren is forced to make a decision: Is she in or is she out?

There's only one way Wren will ever learn to fly. It's time for her to stand at the edge of the unknown...and jump.

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Contemplative Summer Read
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4.0
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4.0
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Wren Baker has a difficult family life-- her brother Russell is on the Autism spectrum, and her mother is down so often that she can't even make dinner. Her cousin and aunt have recently moved to town, but Silver is a popular cheerleader and won't give Wren the time of day at school. When Wren's mother must be hospitalized for her depression in Ohio, her father goes there as well, and Russell and Wren must stay at Silver's house. Russell settles in surprisingly well, and Wren learns that Silver is very different at home than she is at school. The two develop an interest in Witch Weatherly, who reportedly lives far up the mountain near their Pennsylvania town. The two manage to work around the objections of Silver's mother and make it up the mountain to interview her. Of course, Silver is injured on the way up, but the two learn secrets that tie into Wren's mother's anxieties, and come to appreciate Bedelia Weatherly in a new way.
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I really enjoyed the relationship between Wren and her cousin Silver. I have 38 cousins, most of whom I wouldn't know on sight, and I don't think that I would have gotten along with my closest in age cousin when we were in middle school. There's not enough middle grade literature that features this unique relationship. It's an intriguing relationship, and their interest in Witch Weatherly had its moments, too.

Many children today don't get a chance to be outside very much, and while Wren and Silver's outdoor adventure is ill-advised, readers will find their wilderness skills (or lack thereof) to be intriguing.

Readers who enjoy books where children confront multiple problems will enjoy this, and it is a title that can be included on several topic lists. The mother's anxiety will resonate with readers of Jones' Silhouetted by the Blue or Connor's Waiting for Normal, while the brother's issues are reflected in Rorby's How to Speak Dolphin and Lord's Rules.
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