The Upside of Down

The Upside of Down

by Dawn Malone


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The Upside of Down by Dawn Malone

Hobbs Crane doesn't like distractions. He lives for football, rules the basketball court, and does his best to avoid the neighbor girl with the Jupiter-sized crush on him. With a new kid out to steal his starting basketball position, Hobbs needs to feel in control again. Then Hobbs finds a boy living inside a giant blue spruce on an empty city lot who becomes the biggest distraction of all. How long has he been there? Where did he come from? And why does he seem to be following Hobbs?

The boy named Up is in survival mode. Leaving his real name and a neglectful home life behind, Up is running away to Florida to find his older sister who left home years ago. But he's hungry and desperate, and he finds the overgrown evergreen next to the old factory the perfect hideout until he makes a plan.

Can Hobbs and Up help each other face their own uncertain futures while forging an unlikely friendship? Or are they too different?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780990324225
Publisher: Dawn Malone
Publication date: 02/21/2016
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 1,244,419
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.56(d)

About the Author

Dawn Malone, a former newspaper reporter, is also the author of the middle-grade novel, Bingo Summer. Her essays and articles have appeared in the Chicken Soup for the Soul series, Highlights for Children, and the Wisconsin State Journal. She teaches writing workshops for 4th-8th graders for a community education program. When she's not writing, Dawn loves to read, bike, and hike when someone else carries her backpack. She lives in central Illinois. Visit her online at

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