Hello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

In Newbery Medal-winning Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly, Filipino folklore, family, friendship, and fate are deftly weaved together in an extremely enjoyable and satisfying middle-grade novel. The events, unfolding over a single summer’s day, are recounted in the authentic voices of the four main characters: Virgil, the shy, quiet, Filipino-American boy; Japanese-American Kaori, the self-proclaimed psychic; Valencia, warrior-like and deaf; and Chet, the thuggish school bully. When the Universe crosses the paths of the four children, the results are devastating consequences, extraordinary coincidences and heart-warming friendships. An engrossing, poignant, gently humorous and well-crafted read for fans of realistic fiction.

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