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The World from Up Here

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  312 ratings  ·  61 reviews
From the award-winning author of The Patron Saint of Butterflies comes a story about the courage it takes to face your biggest fears.

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 chang
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published June 28th 2016 by Scholastic Press
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3.5, I think.

"The World From Up Here" is a touching story, following Wren and her younger brother as they deal with being displaced to live with their aunt and cousin (who they barely know) while their mother and father are away, dealing with their mother's depressive breakdown.

Loved: While this wasn't THE trajectory of the story, I loved how timid Wren dealt with her autistic brother throughout the book. Watching her struggle with frustration, fear, and love while fielding her brother's outbur
Sep 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I received a goodreads arc of this book from the publisher. Overall, I enjoyed the story and would recommend it to some of my students. My only irks with the story include the backstory of the main character's mother and father suddenly disappearing from the scene because of mother's mental health scare. Seems like that was just thrown in as the only valid excuse for throwing the two girls closer together. That began to seem a bit far fetched and abrupt. It also seemed to take quite a while for ...more
Michele Knott
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Oh, I really loved this book! The characters of Wren and Silver jumped into my heart. I loved seeing the character development in Wren.
Great story about being brave.
South Country Library Children's Department
There's a lot to love about this book. It has great characterization and writing and an interesting plot. Great read just for plot, but I think it would also help kids who are anxious or have a parent with mental health issues to see themselves mirrored. The element of a brother with Asperger's Syndrome does not overwhelm Wren's own story. It fits in as another piece of her life, as it must for other siblings. I loved her exploration of people's misconceptions and the harm of rumors. It is writt ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
Wren Baker, who is inclined to worry, finds herself reeling after her mom checks in to a psychiatric facility to cope with her depression and Wren moves in temporarily with her aunt and beautiful cousin Silver. Because Silver is so popular at school, Wren is suddenly inundated with questions about their relationship, and with her parents both at the hospital all the time, she is also left to worry about the behavior of her younger brother, who has autism. When Silver decides she wants to study l ...more
Jeff Raymond
I like when books can surprise you. While The World From Up Here rightfully gets praise for its handling of a character with Asperger's, the impressive feat is how it dances with the stories we all tell and the way ideas and concepts spread regardless of evidence, both in our own families and in our town.

In the story, a girl has to stay with her cousin for a time when her mother is hospitalized. Her cousin is a little flighty and fearless, and the town has a big story about a witch who lives up
Jul 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
Likeable characters, a great sister-brother dynamic, and a mystery revolving around a witch. Perfect ingredients for a great middle grade read that touches on friendship, family, and even mental illness. Yet what stood out for me was its exploration of fear. Why are we afraid of the things we are afraid of? Can knowing why make it any easier to overcome a fear? And if your fears have come to govern every aspect of your life, how do you even begin to break that cycle?

Give this one to readers who
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wholesome, easy read about a fearful young girl and three pivotal weeks in her young life. Wren Baker is a character I would have felt much akin to at that age. She is timid and self-conscious; her greatest desire is to become brave. When her depressed mother suffers a nervous breakdown Wren and her younger brother move in with their free-spirited cousin and aunt. A school history project and her cousin Silver's spunky attitude shake things up for Wren and force her to change in ways she never c ...more
Aug 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: mock-newbery
I liked that Wren is anxious, which so many kids are. (Including me, although I didn't know it was a "thing" at the time ... I just had a lot of stomachaches and threw up from time to time.) I liked the plan to interview Witch Weatherly. I liked that Silver wasn't as confident as she seemed. But I didn't like that the dad just took off with the mother, and I didn't like the revelations about her past. Really, (view spoiler) ...more
Feb 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Hi I am 10 and I really enjoyed this book please make more like this or make a part 2 of it please I loved this book I just finished reading and I feel like something's missing. You could also do more books with Silver, Mama, Daddy, wren, Russell, Aunt Marianne, and of course Jackson, Manchester, and Roo! Please consider this!
Much luck, breana
Jan 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Well, for starters, I didn't like the book ... I LOVED the book!

When Wren conquered her fears (riding horses, going on planes, climbing Creeper Mountain, thunder storms, and many more) I felt so ... fearless. Like I could conquer anything, too. I also felt ... proud of Wren, I guess. And it makes me feel happy when I feel fearless.
Debbie Tanner
This middle grade fiction story about Wren and her family is complicated and sad. There are themes of depression, bullying, family dysfunction, starting over, Asperger's syndrome-it's a lot. But it's a nice story with characters I liked.
Nora Geffre
Dec 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The book was awesome I loved it so much I mean yes there were review that said it will inspire you for your bravery but it didn't do that to me but it was still awesome really good and cool period
American Mensa
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Rumor has it that in Sudbury, Pennsylvania, the depraved and belligerent Witch Weatherly resides on the peak of Creeper Mountain. What was once a majestic mountain with shimmering waterfalls is now bewitched and guarded by Witch Weatherly’s infamous red raven. If you asked a resident of Sudbury about Creeper Mountain, they would mention deadly bites from hornet-head snakes, mysterious pits where one could fall to their death, and many more horrid tales. Wren Baker is a shy and timorous sixth gra ...more
Feb 16, 2017 rated it liked it
This book had a really great story for my daughter and I to enjoy. She really enjoyed learning about Wren and Silver. Finding a friendship like that is something every girl dreams of having.
Dec 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: royal-blue-ash
This is a story a 12 year old girl might enjoy reading. The main character, Wren, is also 12 years old and very afraid of almost everything. She gets to know her cousin, Silver, when a family illness causes Wren and her brother to live with her aunt. Silver rises to life’s challenges and opportunities, and encourages Wren to get out of her comfort zone. It’s a fair portrayal of what is might be like to have a younger brother with Asperger’s Syndrome, and feel responsible for him all the time. Of ...more
Apr 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This was a great book about friendship and fears. Throughout the book Wren and Silver have to overcome obstacles that most teens will face throughout their life. Wren's mom is sick and has to be hospitalized for an extended period of time. Through the book, Silver, who is Wren's cousin, helps Wren to open up to different possibilities and helps her to overcome some major fears in here life. Russell, who has autism, has to work through fears and differences as he approaches life. Wren and Russell ...more
Michelle Mayfield
I liked this story because it is a good reminder for all of us get out of our own heads and don't stress over everything. It was a story about a girl who is afraid of many things, and ends up having to live with a cousin she barely knows while her mom gets checked into a hospital. This is a good book for 10 year old girls.
Bella M
Nov 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really like this book. When I first saw it, I wasn't sure if it would be very good. However once I got to around page 30, I couldn't put it down! I really think this book is good for all readers that like adventure books.
Michelle Simpson
Jan 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
While getting to know one another after family circumstances pushed them together, Wren and Silver learn a great deal about each other and themselves. This book really portrays making the choice to be brave.
Amanda Snow
Mar 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
An excellent portrayal of anxiety in children while still being a great mix of family story, friendship, and being brave.
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Despite being categorized as a YA novel there are ideas in this book even adults can learn from. Excellent plot and the characters were well developed.
Nov 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this!!
Ava Grace
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book ever! Took me a low amount of time to read because it was so entertaining!
Sep 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kidlit
Upper elementary realistic fiction

Anxiety, depression, courage/bravery
Ava Grace
Jan 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Best book ever. Totally recommended
Oak Lawn Public Library - Youth Services
Title: The World from Up Here
Author: Cecilia Galante
Pages: 305
Lexile level: 660L
5 out of 5 stars

Recommendations and comments: There is so much going on in this book. We’ve got the main character Wren, dealing with her own personal anxiety issues. We’ve got Wren’s mom, who ends up being hospitalized for severe depression. And we have Wren’s eight-year-old brother who has Asperger’s. When Wren’s mother is hospitalized mental health reasons, Wren and her brother Russell end up staying with their Au
May 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
When I first picked up this book, it took me awhile to really get into it... but I'm glad I stuck it out. Wren Baker, the main character, is a scaredy cat... and she knows it. When her mom needs to be hospitalized for a mental breakdown, Wren and her brother, Russell, must go to stay with their Aunt Marianne and cousin, Silver. Silver is everything Wren wants to be...popular, confident, beautiful. As the girls become closer and embark on a journey together to research a local legend, "Witch Weat ...more
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Nour Wanace
Jun 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
An excellent book that provides a fresh moral not found in other books for children. Be brave. Overcome your fears. Maybe... you may only be afraid because of what others have said. The story is compelling and interesting. The metaphor used is clear and well thought out and means a lot. The plot twist and the ending is unpredictable - for kids at least - and explains everything, which really shows how well-written this book is.

The characters are deep and conflicted and - of course - develop to b
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Cecilia Galante is the author of several middle grade, young adult and adult novels. She also teaches 8th grade English at Wyoming Seminary Prep School, and teaches creative writing in the MFA program at Wilkes University.