Hello, Universe (US Only)
by Erin Entrada Kelly
Release Date: March 14, 2017
Publisher: Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
About the Book
Acclaimed and award-winning author Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships. Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero).
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 that 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 the missing Virgil. Sometimes four can do what one cannot. 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.
About the Author
Erin Entrada Kelly grew up in south Louisiana and now lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where she earned an MFA from Rosemont College. The author’s mother was the first in her family to immigrate to the United States from the Philippines. Erin Entrada Kelly’s debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, an SLJ Best Book, an ALSC Notable, an Asian/Pacific American Award Honor Book, and a Cyblis Finalist. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls.
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