Book Spotlight: Hello, Universe

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Posted: February 1, 2019

Category: Staff Picks

Virgil Salinas is incredibly quiet. So quiet that his family calls him “Turtle” because they think he just hasn’t come out of his shell yet. Virgil hates being called Turtle.

Valencia Somerset is incredibly clever, and a little bit stubborn. She’s also deaf, but that never slows her down.

Kaori Tanaka has the second sight, and will gladly consult her star chart or spirit stones to discover the secrets of your future. As long as you’re a kid like her - her parents don’t like her giving her name or phone number to strangers .

Chet Bullens is the bravest person he knows, and needs everyone to know it. He’s also a bully.

The lives of these four, very different, middle schoolers collide in unexpected ways when Chet pulls a horrible prank that leaves Virgil (and his pet guinea pig Gulliver) at the bottom of a well. This book is an amazing read that is told from the perspectives of all four children. Each of them has their own unique voice, as well as their own challenges and lives.

Hello, Universe is the 2018 winner of the Newberry Medal, and is an amazing and well-paced read. It can be found in the Juvenile Fiction collection under J KEL.

Fans of this book may also like 24 hours in Nowhere by Dusti Bowling  – which was just released and will soon be found in the Juvenile Fiction collection under J BOW and The Girl in the Well is Me, by Karen Rivers, which can be found in the Juvenile Fiction collection under J RIV.

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