Hello, Universe

By: Erin Entrada Kelly BUY BOOK HERE

Hello, Universe is the 2018 Newbery Award Winner in Children's Literature.

This book has something for nearly everyone--humor, bullying, self-acceptance, generational relationships (coolest grandma ever!), folktales, friendship, and fate.

A bully who doesn't stand a chance (his dad ugh!), a deaf girl, a psychic, and a "turtle" shy boy. This quirky group of kids save each other in their own way. I loved the uniqueness of the characters and the way Grandma's dreams and Kaori's future seeing abilities played into the story. Such an enjoyable read!

“Crying is good for the soul. It means something needs to be released. And if you don't release the something, it just weighs you down until you can hardly move.”
“People don't want to listen to their thoughts, so they fill the world with noise.”


Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and she loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so he can concentrate on basketball.

They aren’t friends, at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

“If you didn't have bad things, you wouldn't have good things. They would all just be things. Did you ever think about that?”

Others by Erin Entrada Kelly:

Blackbird Fly

The Land of Forgotten Girls

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