I received this book at no cost from the publisherWhen the World Turned Upside Down by K. Ibura
Published by Scholastic Press on February 1, 2022
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What do you do when the world shuts down? A heartwarming story of friendship and overcoming adversity in a time of COVID, When the World Turns Upside Down is about community, giving back, and understanding the world around us through the power of generosity from debut middle grade author K. Ibura.
Nobody expected a tiny little virus to change the whole world in such a big way, especially not Shayla, Liam, Ai, and Ben. But when school closes to keep everyone safe, their lives turn upside down. It is one thing to learn that the outside world isn’t safe, but why does it seem that the virus is causing trouble inside their homes too?
As they each struggle to adjust to life in quarantine, they discover they are not alone: their apartment building is full of people who need their help. Working together, they begin to see that there is power in numbers. When they cooperate, they can ease each other’s challenges and help their neighbors through tough times. It’s a lesson they’ll need when protests explode in the streets. Soon, each friend has to decide what it means to be part of a community—and how much they’re willing to do to make this world safer for everyone.
Set against the onset of COVID, When the World Turned Upside Down navigates issues of race and social justice in a heartwarming story of generosity, friendship, and the power of youth.
“When The World Turned Upside Down is as clear-eyed as it is engaging, as timely as it is timeless. I fell in love with every single student in this book. And days after reading it, each of them remains with me.” ― Jacqueline Woodson, National Book Award-winning author of Brown Girl Dreaming“
A beautifully written story that will inspire young readers to work for positive change even in times of turmoil and stress. This book reminds readers that all of us can make an impact and find ways to shine bright.” ―Angela Cervantes, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book Lety Out Loud”
A hope-filled book dealing with the struggles children face in extraordinary times, K. Ibura has crafted a story perfect for young readers looking to make sense of current events. Timely and important.” – Adrianna Cuevas, author of Pura Belpré Honor Book The Total Eclipse of Nestor López and Cuba In My Pocket
“A heartwarming call to action.” — Kirkus Reviews
This story is history in progress and for four children in a city apartment building, they are experiencing it firsthand. The four kids Shayla, Ai, Ben, and Liam all are fast friends but the pandemic and dividing elements in society come crashing home for them. Shayla has moved on from the tight-knit group and tries to widen her friend circle while Ai is not quite certain what she did to break up the friendship between the two girls but since they live in the same space, they can’t avoid one another. Liam is now having panic attacks which interfere with his ability to live life normally while his friend Ben, is dealing with parents that argue constantly since everyone is stuck with each other and there is little escape.
The story puts the reader right in the room with them and their difficulties with parents being home, working, and homeschooling. This story captures little moments that make up the whole pandemic in which neighbors die, the air of uncertainty that surrounds each day, and basic survival. Shayla even has difficult discussions with her father about police brutality. When Ai decides to create a “helpers” group for the residents, the four find their way back into friendship. It really is a wonderful story and very heartwarming.
About K. Ibura
IBURA is an essayist, science fiction and fantasy short story writer, and painter from New Orleans, Louisiana. The middle child of five in a family of human rights activists, she grew up in a hardscrabble neighborhood with oak and fig trees, locusts and mosquitoes, cousins and neighbors. Her short story collection Ancient, Ancient won the James Tiptree, Jr. Award for 2012. Ibura’s debut YA novel will be coming out with Alloy and Harper Teen in spring 2022.
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