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Hello, Universe



by
Erin Entrada Kelly
illustrated by
Isabel Roxas

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
HarperCollins
Imprint
Greenwillow
ISBN
9780062414151

Awards and Honors
2019 Golden Archer Award Nominee 2018 John Newbery Medal Winner
ALSC Notable Children’s Books 2018, Older
Capitol Choices 2018, Ten to Fourteen
CCBC Choices 2018 Choice: Fiction for Children
School Library Journal’s Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade and Chapter Books
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2017, Middle Grade
Chicago Public Library Best Books of 2017, Fiction for Older Readers
CSMCL Best Multicultural Children’s Books of 2017
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2017
Los Angeles Public Library Best of 2017: Children’s Books
NPR’s Book Concierge, 2017 Great Reads
The Washington Post Best Books Children’s Books of 2017, Fiction
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence
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Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—this novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero).

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Language: Mild Language, Violence: Mild Violence

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

320

Trim Size

8 1/4" x 5 1/2"

AR

4.7: points 6

Lexile

690L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

12

JLG Release

Jun 2017

Book Genres


Topics

Friendship. Missing children. Bullying. Hearing impaired. Psychic ability. Sisters. Social issues. Friendship. Self-esteem and self-reliance. Special needs.

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Praise & Reviews

Starred or favorable reviews have been received from these periodicals:

Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books, The Horn Book Magazine, Kirkus Reviews*, Publishers Weekly*

Horn Book

Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls him “retardo.” Valencia Somerset, who goes to the resource room with Virgil, feels like an outsider because she’s deaf: “on my tenth birthday, this girl Roberta gave me a book called Famous Deaf People from History. I would have never given Roberta a book called Famous Blond People or Famous People Who Talk Too Much.” Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic who provides fortunetelling to other middle schoolers and who counsels Virgil to befriend Valencia (“That’s fate! It’s like you were meant to be friends!”). Around halfway through the book, Chet drops Virgil’s backpack into an abandoned well, and Virgil gets stuck trying to retrieve it. Kaori and Valencia both have a feeling something is off and go to investigate. Told in alternating perspectives of the three kid-heroes and one villain, the story is strongest when dealing with Virgil, whose internal monologue while stuck in the well has him working out how to speak up for himself. While the ending may be a bit too tidy, the children’s inner lives are distinctive, and each rings true. sarah hannah gómez

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Virgil Salinas is shy and bullied at school. Since he doesn’t know his multiplication tables, his nasty classmate Chet Bullens, a.k.a. “the Bull” (your standard-issue middle-school bully), repeatedly calls him “retardo.” Valencia Somerset, who goes to the resource room with Virgil, feels like an outsider because she’s deaf: “on my tenth birthday, this girl Roberta gave me a book called Famous Deaf People from History. I would have never given Roberta a book called Famous Blond People or Famous People Who Talk Too Much.” Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic who provides fortunetelling to other middle schoolers and who counsels Virgil to befriend Valencia (“That’s fate! It’s like you were meant to be friends!”). Around halfway through the book, Chet drops Virgil’s backpack into an abandoned well, and Virgil gets stuck trying to retrieve it. Kaori and Valencia both have a feeling something is off and go to investigate. Told in alternating perspectives of the three kid-heroes and one villain, the story is strongest when dealing with Virgil, whose internal monologue while stuck in the well has him working out how to speak up for himself. While the ending may be a bit too tidy, the children’s inner lives are distinctive, and each rings true. sarah hannah gómez

Grades 5-7
Upper Elementary & Junior High
For Grades 5-7

The perfect literary mix for your middle-grade readers. Featuring subject matter a bit more complex and multi-dimensional, this category is packed with captivating novels and fascinating nonfiction. Expect the 12 books offered in tis category to fly off the shelf.

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