Parents' Guide to

Hello, Universe

By Amanda Nojadera, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Charming tale of friendship, courage, and self-acceptance.

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age 9+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 9+

I love using this book with my students

My teaching partners and I love using this book with our fifth grade students. Great range of characters and representation with Filipino characters, as well as students with learning disabilities. The elements of friendship and standing up for yourself really resonated with my students. Just enough symbolism and foreshadowing for the intended age group to make it fun and depth to the story. I would highly recommend reading this book.

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Great messages
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age 10+

My 11 year old related to several characters and loved this book.

As a middle school librarian, I can say, we loved this book. It has a bunch of unique characters- one hard of hearing Valencia, one bully Chet, a boy whose best friend is a guinea pig Virgil, and a problem solver Kaori . Kaori sees the universe intervening to make things happen in all of their lives. And in this book, that happens with one situation in the woods. Most of the book is the resolution of how they all end up in the same place off and on, and together on the same day. The book focuses on how Virgil, who often feels alone and bullied, learns to find his inner Bayani, to make changes in his life in how he deals with other people. It is a beautiful story of growing up and learning to have your own voice. My favorite quotes “I shared all this information with Roberta and she felt better. Life is a lot easier when you’re prepared for stuff.” P. 143 That’s the universe sending you a letter.... He thought of Lola and how she always seemed to know what he was feeling. Maybe - somehow - she would feel that he was in trouble now. I think Lola gets lots of letters, he said. We all do, Ruby replied. Some of us are just better at opening them.

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Is It Any Good?

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Kids will love this charming adventure that emphasizes the power of friendship, courage, and self-acceptance. Through quirky humor and the diverse, relatable characters, Hello, Universe captures what it's like to feel different and the joy of realizing you belong. There may be some frightening moments for sensitive readers, but the characters' perseverance and teamwork will inspire kids to find their own inner heroes and remind them that they're never alone.

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