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What Goes Up

3.85  ·  Rating details ·  100 ratings  ·  37 reviews
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 C
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Published October 30th 2018 by Random House Books for Young Readers
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Jan 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow’s roof is magnetic. Well, not literally, but an awful lots of stuff ends up there. Most days, it seems like half the town of Calliope loses something on her roof— kites, cats, bed sheets … a sky diver. Normally it’s just a mild annoyance, but then NASA reports that one of their satellites is about to fall out of orbit and Robyn can’t help but worry that it’s headed straight for her home. As if a sixth grader who just discovered she’s named after a fairy from a Shakesp ...more
Samantha (WLABB)
Oct 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, mg, arcs
Rating: 4.5 Stars

Robyn lived in a house, which she claimed had a "magnetic roof". For some reason, projectiles had a tendency to take up residence on her rooftop. Therefore, when she learned of the NASA satellite's return to Earth, she was worried it would also be attracted to her roof and most likely destroy her home. This news, along with seeing a local family filled with people who looked like her, who also had albinism, spurred Robyn to search for the father she never knew.

Robyn was such a f
Tabitha Bird
Dec 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book! I am so blessed to know this author personally, and during a stay with her this year in New Zealand I was lucky enough to read the as yet unpublished version of this book. It is BRILLIANT! Funny, heart warming. Giggle-out-loud kind of good stuff. And I am so excited to buy a copy when it hits the shelves in 2017. I can't wait until its release date!


So it's the 15th of November 2018 and my dear friend, Wen Baragrey, is finally holding her book in her hands. Today I finish
Sep 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Like the author, when I heard about the satellite that was threatening to fall on Robyn's house, I thought of Skylab that was supposed to fall somewhere in Australia in the late 1970s. It is an interesting fear, but when you hear that something like that can fall out of the sky, and in Robyn's case, everything that falls out of the sky lands on her house, it is a valid fear.

But, that is not the only thing that is going on in this story.. Robyn is also thinking, in her fear of being struck by spa
Natalie Bea
Jan 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm always looking for funny books my kids will love that aren't part of a series of 12 nearly identical books focusing on potty humor. THIS IS IT.

Charming, sincere, and oh so quirky. I loved Robyn and found her struggle to find her father coupled with her seemingly irrational fear of being hit by a rogue satellite oddly relatable for every kid. I loved the cast of eccentric characters--especially Robyn's best friend Nickel (whose siblings are Dime and Penny), Robyn's fairy obsessed mother who
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.2

Imagine that your house is a magnet for everything to fall on - toys, kites, Frisbees, even people. Now imagine that a NASA satellite is falling out of the sky and Robyn knows that it will fall on her house. She knows death is coming and she doesn't want her name, Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow, to be made fun of in the papers. Robyn knows that she must find the father that she has never met in order to get him to change her name legally. She knows her mom wil
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interest Level: 3-6; Reading Level: 4.2

Imagine that your house is a magnet for everything to fall on - toys, kites, Frisbees, even people. Now imagine that a NASA satellite is falling out of the sky and Robyn knows that it will fall on her house. She knows death is coming and she doesn't want her name, Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow, to be made fun of in the papers. Robyn knows that she must find the father that she has never met in order to get him to change her name legally. She knows her mom wil
Patricia J. O'Brien
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I met Wen Baragrey online about ten years ago, sharing writing and dreams and life struggles. What has always stood out for me is her wonderful sense of humor, love of family, and talent for storytelling. Her debut novel, WHAT GOES UP, incorporates all that.

Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow has a number of difficulties in her young life, starting with her name and her mother’s vocation of hosting fairy parties in their home.

But Robyn’s biggest concern at the moment is a space satellite is falling to e
Robert Jones
Oct 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the NetGalley book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

Frisbee, boomerang, rocket, bedsheets, it's probably on top of the Goodfellow's house. So when a rogue satelli
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Oh I loved this book so much! I don't usually read 'children's fiction', usually settling for YA instead, but I was after some lighter reading for during my uni exams and I'm so glad I found this book. Robyn was such a well written reminder of what it was like to be an 11 year old who was considered different, something I think my inner 11 year old found quite comforting, and I would love to live in Calliope with all it's wonderfully quirky residents. The ending was surprisingly bittersweet and ...more
Laura Bahm
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
I loved this book. It was awesome. It's one of my new favorite books. It was super funny. I loved the characters. I especially loved the feud between Robyn's grandma and their neighbor. I liked that she was worried that she would die because her name would be in the paper and everyone would laugh at it. Overall I thought this was a great book. I suggest it to anyone because this book is pretty much good for anyone who likes funny things. ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018
This book is amazing! I fell in love with Robyn within the first few chapters. This book is so funny! It is the perfect book for everyone regardless if you like reading or not. Robyn's magnet roof and quirky personality were the best. I love this book so much! ...more
Mar 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! Robyn’s quirkiness and giant heart had me both laughing and crying. Loaded with wit, fairies and satellites it makes for a great read. I thought the author finished it just beautifully. Highly recommended!
Sep 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Please see my review on under C. Wong. Thank you.
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What Goes Up by Wen Jane Baragrey, 213 pages. Random House, 2019. $17

Content: G



Robyn, 11, has a pretty nice life in her small town with her loving Grandma and her mother who has created a fairy wonderland in their front room for her party business. Except for a very nosy neighbor and the fact that everything seems to land on their roof – and that includes skydivers – life would be great. When Robyn hears about a NASA satellite that has broken or
Anita Routh
Mar 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
In a word - funny. I laughed out loud several times during this book. Kids who like humor will get a kick out of this.
Saba Rahman
Jun 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 stars
Pop Bop
Sep 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
A Remarkably Likable Heroine Carries, (Saves?), This Book

Our heroine, twelve year old Robyn, is a gimlet eyed softy whose deadpan narration is funny, perceptive, charming, and sometimes heartbreaking. Her boy friend, Nickel, is a patient and occasionally confused good guy who keeps Robin grounded. The two of them make for a fine buddy act, although Robyn is the star of the show. And that's essential, because the book has two aspects that would sink it without Robyn and Nickel keeping it all aflo
Sep 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing that the first positive representation (positive as in: not the antagonist, which is a first) of albino people is written by someone who is not albino. I have family members who are albino and this was pretty meh in terms of accurate rep. I cannot speak definitively since I am not albino, but it seems like a clear case of a writer using a marginalization to hook a reader but then not bothering to try to capture the real lived experience of what it's like to be a kid with albinism. ...more
Twelve-year-old Robyn Tinkerbell Goodfellow has become convinced that her roof is a magnet that attracts all sorts of objects to it. As a NASA satellite is due to leave its orbit and land on Earth, Robyn becomes convinced that it will have no choice but to land where the other objects have landed. As she and other residents of Calliope, her hometown, wait to see what happens, Robyn learns the origin of her name while her class is reading A Midsummer Night's Dream and decides to find her father. ...more
Jul 15, 2018 rated it liked it

Gr - 5-6
Robyn is afraid for her life. She’s just learned that a NASA satellite will be crashing to the earth in a few weeks. NASA says it could hit anywhere in the Northern Hemisphere and probably not even on land, but Robyn knows it’s going to land right on the roof of her house. That’s because Robyn’s house has a magnet roof and everything lands there. Parachuters, frisbees, kites, cats and more have turned up on Robyn’s roof! Robyn has to hurry and find out who her real father is so that she
This is a sweet coming-of-age book about Robyn (named for Shakespeare’s famous fairy Puck) who lives in an eccentric town with an eccentric fairy-obsessed mother (her mom’s business is hosting fairy-themed toddler birthday parties in her fairy-themed house dressed as a fairy) and her not-quite-as-eccentric grandmother. Even Robyn’s house is eccentric (in addition to the fairy decor). The roof attracts -- almost magically -- all kinds of frisbees, balls, kites, and even the occasional skydiver. O ...more
Oct 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
This quirky MG novel, which releases October 30, will make you laugh out loud as it tugs at your heartstrings. I loved Robyn’s mom, who dresses in tutus and fairy wings and makes a living having toddler fairy parties, her grandma who loves Robyn with all of her heart, but has a running feud with their crazy next door neighbor who insists she’s FBI, and especially her best friend Nickel, who is there for Robyn, no matter what.

We learn Robyn is an albino, but this is not discussed in depth in the
Oct 14, 2018 rated it liked it
I honestly love how quirky this book was at times. Robyns mom is a trip with her tutus and fairy wings; and the fact that she makes a living by hosting toddler fairy parties is the cutest thing ever. The apple didn't fall far from the tree either, because grandma is a bit odd as well. She has a war going on with a neighbor that swears she's FBI. That all goes very well with the fact that the house attracts all kinds of refugee items. I find it hilarious that Robyn wants to seek her dad out for a ...more
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Odd little tale. I always like quirky ones best and this one wasn't disappointing. This book does have odd characters,Robyn is albino (though this has nothing to do with the story), and the story revolves around her and her family, friends and neighbors, and a satellite that is going to fall on her home! She's also searching for her father. Her mother has never has never told her about him (and for some odd reason she's never asked?). Anyway, her house attracts junk like a magnet, so it's a give ...more
Julie Overpeck
Thank you to Random House Kids for a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

While the theme is common, this cute and quirky tale has some original elements that move the classic “kid thinks she knows better than all of the adults around her” story to one that is entertaining and fresh. Everything falls on her roof as if it is magnetic. Nickel’s siblings are Dime and Penny. Mr. Bones rides a rickshaw for $1 a trip. With all of the silliness mixed with serious, I think this would make a
Laura Gardner
Aug 07, 2018 rated it liked it
#kidlitexchange #partner This quirky book maybe wasn’t for me? I would have liked a little more exploration of what it was like for the main character to have albinism. I also found it confusing why her mother kept her in the dark about her father. No big flaws (except the balloon release at the end—why?), but I also didn’t love it.
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Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Charming, heartwarming, and funny. Everything I love in a Middle Grade book.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: tweens, 2018
This book had a main character that like-liked her best friend so I think I'd recommend this one for middle-schoolers rather than younger. But other than that, this was a quirky cute story ...more
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