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The World from Up Here
by Cecilia Galante


Overview - 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.
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Overview
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.
Full of heartache and hope, The World From Up Here is a tender, moving story about old secrets and new friendships, anxiety and Asperger syndrome, and what it means to face the things that scare us most.


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  • ISBN-13: 9780545848459
  • ISBN-10: 0545848458
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press
  • Publish Date: June 2016
  • Page Count: 320
  • Reading Level: Ages 9-12
  • Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.65 pounds


Related Categories

Books > Juvenile Fiction > Family - General (see also headings under Social Themes)
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Friendship
Books > Juvenile Fiction > Social Themes - Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance

 
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Growing up and getting brave

Twelve-year-old Wren Baker longs to be brave, and she certainly needs all the courage she can muster. Her mother has been hospitalized for depression, and her father has left to tend to her in Ohio. This means that Wren is suddenly living with an aunt and a cousin named Silver whom she’s only just met. Wren also feels responsible for her younger brother, Russell, who has Asperger’s and who needs her now more than ever.

In Cecilia Galante’s adept hands, these relationships are admirably and deeply explored. Not only are these characters wonderfully authentic, The World from Up Here is full of multiple adventures, including a ride in a glider plane and a runaway horse—experiences that anxious Wren never dreamed she could handle. There’s also mystery, in the form of Witch Weatherly, a hermit who lives on the top of Creeper Mountain—whom Silver is determined to meet, and who ends up playing a pivotal role in Wren’s ongoing family drama.

Wren learns that she can reach unimaginable heights, heeding the glider pilot’s advice: “Take a look. . . . It’s not every day you get to see the world from up here.”

 

This article was originally published in the July 2016 issue of BookPage. Download the entire issue for the Kindle or Nook.

 
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