WHAT GOES UP by Wen Jane Baragrey

WHAT GOES UP

Age Range: 8 - 12
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KIRKUS REVIEW

When a rogue NASA satellite threatens to crash back to Earth, 12-year-old Robyn decides it’s time to find her father before it’s too late.

An albino with pale white skin, pale curly hair, and pale eyes with poor vision, Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow has always looked “out of place.” Robyn knows nothing about her father except she resembles him, so maybe his recessive gene for albinism was “stronger” than her mom’s (who presents white). When she learns about a local family with albino kids, Robyn decides she’s related. Also totally convinced NASA’s XR-26 satellite will crash into her house with its infamous “magnet roof” (it seems to attract every falling object in Calliope), Robyn sets out to locate her father before it does, aided by her best friend, Nickel. Even though her mother operates a fairy-themed party venue, Robyn’s shocked when her English teacher assigns A Midsummer Night’s Dream, with its famous fairy character named Robin Goodfellow. Why would her mother name her after this character? Why has her mother told her nothing about her father? Will she locate her father before the satellite hits? Robyn’s anxieties and determination resound through her humorous first-person narration. A cast of very zany local characters and a tension-filled plot driven by the approaching satellite enhance Robyn’s quest to uncover her real identity.

A quirky, heartwarming story of family and friendship. (Fiction. 8-12)

Pub Date: Oct. 30th, 2018
ISBN: 978-1-5247-6581-1
Page count: 224pp
Publisher: Random House
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Aug. 1st, 2018




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