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Thursday, April 16, 2020

TCBR AWARENESS TOUR: Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly - REVIEW + GIVEAWAY!

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Today, we've teamed up with The Children's Book Review to bring you a special treat!  It's their latest awareness tour featuring a recent Middle Grade release via Greenwillow Books that'll bring out the inner warrior in you while also bringing you to tears.  Don't believe such a "beast" exists?  Well then, prepare to be amazed.  Ladies and gents, today's book of choice and blog tour guest is...

Erin Entrada Kelly
Illustrated by
Isabel Roxas
Greenwillow Books
Release Date:  April 7th, 2020

About the book...
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 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 missing Virgil. 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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I sat down to read this on my day off and was immediately lost between the pages. 

Virgil is such a kind soul, and seeing him getting it from every side just took it right out of my heart.  I mean all the boy wants is to feel accepted in his own family (and outside of Lola, that seems like a wish/dream versus reality), have enough backbone to make friends with a kindred spirit in school (who happens to be a girl, but don't stress him out over that fact), and stop the bully from continually making him run scared.  Is that too much to ask?  Exactly... but sometimes those things we wish for, hope for, dream of...come about in unexpected in point, his daylong nightmare. 

My heart was literally beating out of my chest as I waited to see what would happen.  Would remorse have the bully retracing his steps?  Would a sudden burst of adrenaline surge Virgil to heights previously unknown?  Would someone happen upon him?  As the day drew on, and the pieces began gradually falling into place, I just knew he'd be all right.  Whether it was fate, chance, or divine intervention, I knew he would once again get his day, and seeing him rise to the occasion, no matter how interrupted the process, was heartwarming. On top of all that, we certainly can't forget the stout of heart  with courageto spare (Valencia), nor the future gazing sisters with an intuition that shouldn't be ignored...which round out the wholesome foursome to provide a little someone for everyone. 

So, without ruining the suspense or revealing the whole story, I can tell you's a book that will inspire readers young and young at heart to grab a hold of today, and not let a moment pass you by, because you never know when your time will come...and who wants to live with "what if's" when you could be enjoying the "what may be's"? 


About the author...

New York Times–bestselling author Erin Entrada Kelly was awarded the Newbery Medal for Hello, Universe.  Her debut novel, Blackbird Fly, was a Kirkus Best Book, a School Library Journal Best Book, an ALSC Notable Book, and an Asian/Pacific American Literature Honor Book. She is also the author of The Land of Forgotten Girls, winner of the Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and You Go First, a New York Times bestseller, Spring 2018 Indie Next Pick, Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and School Library Journal Best Book. She grew up in Lake Charles, Louisiana, and now lives in Delaware.



Enter for a chance to win a copy of Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe!

Ten (10) winners receive:
A paperback copy of Hello, Universe

Giveaway begins April 7, 2020, at 12:01 A.M. PST and ends April 21, 2020, at 11:59 P.M. PST.

Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who are eighteen years of age or older in their state or territory of residence at the time of entry. Void where prohibited by law.

HarperCollins is responsible for prize fulfillment.

CLICK HERE access the Rafflecopter form!


Special thanks to Bianca at The Children's Book Review for the chance to bring this tour to you and the copy for review. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the author, the publisher, this tour, or those on the horizon, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now via Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, so see thee out a copy at your favorite online retailer!

Until next time, remember...if it looks good, READ IT!

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