Hello, Universe

Hello, Universe

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Lives of four misfits are intertwined when a bully's prank lands shy Virgil at the bottom of a well and Valencia, Kaori, and Gen band together in an epic quest to find and rescue him
Virgil feels out of place in his crazy-about-sports family. Valencia is deaf, smart, and loves everything about nature. Kaori is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister, Gen, is always following her around. And Chet wishes the weird kids would just stop being so different so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren't friends. But when Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia begin a quest to find the missing Virgil
Publisher: New York, NY : Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2017]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062414151
0062414151
Characteristics: 313 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm

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JCLChrisK Jan 24, 2018

A lovely tale of friendship and connection and the obstacles that stand in their way. Excellent, appealing characters.

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bluehydrangea
Jul 11, 2017

I really enjoyed this story of friendship due to its strong characters, & the tales told by Lola, Virgil's Grandmother, which take on a life of their own!

AL_ALYX May 14, 2017

The character development is truly magical. I loved the universe motif. I thought this book started off relatively slow, but the plot picks up halfway through. The ending is certainly worth sticking around for. A delightful cast of characters, including main characters of color, one mc with a disability, and overall just a delightful cast of three dimensional characters. Highly recommend.

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marthabelle
Apr 17, 2017

A lovely, lovely middle grade novel about a bunch of misfit kids who serendipitously come together when one of them gets stuck in a well (insert Lassie joke here) and the others come to his rescue. This features a nicely diverse cast of characters and I really loved the ending. This wasn't, like, aggressively up in your face blaring its amazing-ness, and yet when I finished, I literally let out an audible happy sigh. So well done.

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Feb 12, 2018

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Feb 09, 2018

booknrrd thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

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