Hello, Universe

By Erin Entrada Kelly
Read by Ramón de Ocampo  and  Amielynn Abellera

5.30 Hours 03/14/2017 unabridged
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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.

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Summary

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AudioFile Earphones Award Winner

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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“De Ocampo perfectly captures Virgil’s painful timidity—and just as easily brings to life Lola, Virgil’s wise, sassy Filipino grandmother…Abellera’s portrayal of fearless Valencia is especially fine. Valencia happens to be deaf, and secretly lonely; Abellera nails her prickly but lively way of seeing the world. This especially engaging and sensitive production fully accesses the story’s keen perceptions on courage, fate, and friendship. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“[In this] charming, intriguingly plotted novel…Kelly builds suspense and fosters empathy for her characters.” Washington Post
“Told from several supremely well-crafted perspectives…[with] short chapters, compelling characters, and age-appropriate suspense…An original and resonant exploration of interconnectedness and friendship.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Readers will be instantly engrossed in this relatable neighborhood adventure and its eclectic cast.” Booklist (starred review)

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Author Bio: Erin Entrada Kelly

Erin Entrada Kelly is the author of several acclaimed novels for children.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 5.30
Audience: Young Adult (12–17)
Edition: English