Hello, Universe
  • Hello, Universe
  • Hello, Universe
ISBN: 0062414151
EAN13: 9780062414151
Language: English
Release Date: Mar 14, 2017
Pages: 320
Dimensions: 0.59" H x 9.02" L x 4.02" W
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Format: Hardcover
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Book Overview

Winner of the Newbery Medal

A charming, intriguingly plotted novel.--Washington Post

Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly's Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. This middle grade novel is an excellent choice for tween readers in grades 5 to 6, especially during homeschooling. It's a fun way to keep your child entertained and engaged while not in the classroom.

Told from four intertwining points of view--two boys and two girls--the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast of misfits.--Booklist

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 Read More chevron_right

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   Newberry Medal Winner?
I'm completely baffled how this book won the Newberry. Even after 200 pages, my 10 year old son and I couldn't finish it. The two main characters were uninteresting and never developed. The plot is too dull, the voice says.
 
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   Love it 5 stars
This book is by far the best. I love the new logo, too. I recommend this book to people who are 10 to 45. No complaints, Mr. Dhaliwal said. The book is also available on Amazon. com: "The Whole Nine Yards: The Untold Story of America's Greatest Homes."
 
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   This was a wonderful book about the positive impact of believing in the powers of spirituality beyond us.
The book follows the lives of five children as their mother works to raise them. Positive vibes mixed with tension and insecurities, Raymond said. A great read, said Dr. Chester Floyd, director of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
 
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   From the Occult
In "The Art of Invitation," children learn how to invite evil into their lives that is masked in fun and how to increase theirimagination.
 
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   Makes me doubt the Newbery Medal selection
I have always trusted the Newbery Medal. This book is very racy, very profane, very serious," said Kirk Parsons, director of the Whitney Library and Museum. If that's what drags, I mean, it really is. My 12 year old daughter tried to read it and just put it down after about 14 of the book, and the book was described as "boring." She reads just about anything, so I was surprised, Mr. Istomin said. I had read it all by chapter 7 and a half, but the cover didn't fold. He kept complaining, "Which one are we asking about?" I agreed that it was almost impossible to follow, but I thought it might be possible to read one chapter a night. It was a good read, too, because I decided to sit and read it myself. Jordan said: "Both my children and I have to agree wholeheartedly. The whole thing dragged on too long and was boring, Craver said. A parent who has read the entire Harry Potter series would probably not want to put his kid on a reading list.
 
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   The universe never makes mistakes!
This book is by far the best. It was recommended to me that I read this book first to make sure it was appropriate. I thoroughly enjoyed the book, Morgenthau said. Even with the advances in technology, I think it would be too advanced for an 8 year old. The book emphasizes that the universe never makes any mistakes. It was an engaging experience from beginning to end, said Blair. I highly recommend this book to anyone. Please mark this review as helpful. Thanks so much for the support!
 
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   Carefully-plotted and well-written
It's a well-written, well-plotted book. There are plenty of character development, humor, and insights into friendship and family life. The story is absorbing, fun, and fast-moving, Raymond said. While nearly all the kidparent relationships are dysfunctional, the book helped cement the story. As a Christian, I don't personally believe that the universe consciously intervenes in people's lives, but I'm completely convinced that God does. However, this did not detract from the book for me, and I don't see any reason why kids in strongly Christian families shouldn't read or wouldn't enjoy the book. It was a blast, said Blair, "I found it to be a lot of fun.
 
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   Never doubt the Newbery....ever
A simple story that is, well, very deep. Even though this story is for middle school kids, I think I will read it to my second graders because it is a very important book about friendship. I want them to understand how the best friendships work, Mrs. Bull said. I know it will spark some great conversations, he said. Great study of character traits, too. I've read all of her stories, and I love all of her stories.
 
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   Worth the hype!
I bought this book after it won the ALA Award, and I am glad I did! A new generation of heartwarming, Hello Universe characters has emerged. In "The Tanakas," the twins, and even the big bully, Chet, become friends. Characters are also diverse, so when students come to class they can see themselves in stories. The plot, in a manner reminiscent of Louis Sachar's Holes, is perfectly twisted and interconnected so that the reader walks away unfazed. It is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students and grown-ups like me.
 
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   Very entertaining listen for the whole family on a long car ride.
I had to see what all the fuss was about, after seeing that it won the Newbery Award, because it's just too good a read. The narrators really bring it to life.
 
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