What goes up by Wen Jane Baragrey
Publisher: Random House Children’s
Publication Date: October 30, 2018
Kindle Edition: 224 Pages
kindle Price: $9.99 USD
Hardback Edition: 224 Pages
Hardback Edition Price: $11.72 USD
Genre: Children’s Fiction
About the Book
What goes up . . . comes down on Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow’s roof! Will a rogue NASA satellite crush her house before Robyn can set things right?
Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow (yes, that’s actually her name) has a target on her roof. Well, not a real one, but everything seems to land there: paper airplanes, lost kites, socks, cats, and once even a skydiver! In the town of Calliope, Robyn and her magnet roof are famous–for being weird. That wasn’t such a big deal . . . until now!
A rogue NASA satellite is falling out of orbit and is going to hit Earth. NASA says it will probably land in the ocean, but Robyn knows better–that satellite is headed for her roof. To make matters worse, Robyn discovers that she doesn’t just have a fairy middlename. When her class reads A Midsummer Night’s Dream, she learns that Robin Goodfellow is a fairy! Which means if the satellite flattens her, everyone will laugh at her name in the news stories. Robyn realizes what she needs to do: find her long-lost dad so he can help her change her name and protect her from the satellite!
Both surprising and relatable, this middle-grade novel will have readers wishing they could move to the small town of Calliope, laugh with the larger-than-life characters, and race against the clock to save Robyn from NASA’s mistake.
About the Author
Wen Baragrey is a New Zealand earthquake survivor who recently turned tail and ran to the other end of the country to live on a farm, only to find herself surrounded by volcanos, cantankerous livestock, and giant slugs. Don’t even get her started on the goats.
To keep her mind off it, she writes books for middle graders, an age group she’s never fully outgrown. It still comes as a complete surprise when someone expects her to make an adult decision or sign a check, and she hopes that never changes.
As well as writing, Wen has worked most of her life as an artist, the only other profession where it doesn’t matter if you forget to brush your hair. For fun, she plays guitar and sings, not well, but with a great deal of enthusiasm.
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Frisbee, boomerang, rocket, bedsheets, it’s probably on top of the Goodfellow’s house. So when a rogue satellite plans to crash back down to earth, it’s only natural Robyn believes its heading straight for their house.
But there is more to this story, than meets the eye. With a father she has never known and a satellite threatening to flatten her house, time is running out. I would recommend this story to most ages 11 & older.