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Giveaway begins April 7, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 21, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. PST.
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ABOUT THE BOOK
Written by Erin Entrada Kelly
Publisher’s Synopsis: 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.
The acclaimed author of Blackbird Fly and The Land of Forgotten Girls writes with an authentic, humorous, and irresistible tween voice that will appeal to fans of Thanhha Lai and Rita Williams-Garcia.
Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Greenwillow Books | Reprint edition | April 7, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-0062414168
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe. Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and You Go First, a New York Times bestseller, Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick, Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and School Library Journal Best Book. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware. For more information, visit: www.erinentradakelly.com
I listened to a podcast where Erin Entrada Kelly was the guest, and she talked about reading books as a kid. She said that her experience was like many other kids from various ethnic backgrounds; she never saw a character that looked like her and assumed that characters in books were white by default. That is why she makes sure to include diverse characters in her own books when she writes them. In Hello, Universe her characters are very distinct individuals with their own unique outlooks on life and ways to interact with others.
- Virgil Salinas lives in a family that is full of "big personalities that bubbled over like pots of soup. Virgil felt like unbuttered toast standing next to them." His closest friend is his grandmother, who tells him stories from the Philippines.
- Valencia Somerset wears hearing aids and has been a loner since her best friend dumped her in 3rd grade. Her mother is overprotective, but claims, "I'm not overprotective because you're deaf. I'm overprotective because I'm your mother."
- Kaori Tanaka is convinced she has the second sight and "liked to tell people that her parents were born in the high, misty mountains of a samurai village. In truth, they were second-generation Japanese Americans from Ohio."
- Chet Bullens loves to bully other children, picking on Virgil and Valencia because they visit the resource teacher once a week. But he is also afraid of dogs and yearns for his father's approval.
I enjoyed this story so much that I sat and read it in one big gulp. I was rooting for Virgil, laughing at Kaori's mystical pronouncements and her sister Gen's hot pink jump rope, wishing that Valencia would make at least one friend, and sincerely hoping for Chet to learn a lesson. I won't tell if any of my wishes came true - you need to read the book and find out for yourself.
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