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 take a sharp turn. It’s one thing to learn that the outside world isn’t safe, their lives take a sharp turn. It’s one thing to learn that the outside world isn’t safe, but why does it seem like the virus is causing trouble inside their homes too?
As each friend struggles to adjust to life in quarantine, they quickly discover that they’re not alone: Their apartment building is full of people who need their help. After working together, they begin to see that there’s power in numbers. And when they can get past their differences, they can east one another’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 t do to make this world safer for everyone.
Set against the onset of COVID-19, 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.