You're Welcome, Universe

You're Welcome, Universe

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When Julia finds a slur about her best friend scrawled across the back of the Kingston School for the Deaf, she covers it up with a beautiful (albeit illegal) graffiti mural. Her supposed best friend snitches, the principal expels her, and her two mothers set Julia up with a one-way ticket to a "mainstream" school in the suburbs, where she's treated like an outcast as the only deaf student. The last thing she has left is her art, and not even Banksy himself could convince her to give that up. Out in the 'burbs, Julia paints anywhere she can, eager to claim some turf of her own. But Julia soon learns that she might not be the only vandal in town. Someone is adding to her tags, making them better, showing off, and showing Julia up in the process. She expected her art might get painted over by cops. But she never imagined getting dragged into a full-blown graffiti war
Publisher: New York : Alfred A Knopf, 2017
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780399551413
Characteristics: 297 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: You are welcome, universe


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Aug 03, 2018

After Julia Prasad gets expelled from her school for the deaf for covering up a slur about her best friend with graffiti, Julia must change schools. Julia, who is deaf must now go to a regular school. Julia’s parents tell her that she isn’t allowed to draw or do any art related things in her free time. So she disobeys her parents and graffitied a building with her original tag name “HERE”, then when she comes back the next day, her artwork has been ruined. After the same thing happens a few more times, Julia knows that this means war. Can Julia show the other artist that her art is better without getting caught? This book was really good! It taught me more about deaf culture and how it would feel if you were deaf. I think that everyone should read this book. I recommend this book to anyone ages thirteen and older. Rating- 5/5 stars
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Jun 16, 2018

I don't often read books but i could definitely relate to this vibrant character. the relationship between both yoga pants and the main character(forgot her name) was interesting and made me think of different views. What i really enjoyed about this book was the character development of a teens view. I cant say its my favorite book though.

Oct 25, 2017

Found the graffitti world mildy interesting. But wasn't enthralled with the story.

Jun 11, 2017

I loved every page of this book! Funny, relatable, real, unpredictable. Loved the characters and conflicts, loved the art, loved the solutions to describing visual language ASL; liked the realistic pace at which YP learns ASL; loved how Deaf culture was featured.


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