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Monday, April 20, 2020

Hello, Universe Blog Tour (top ten list & giveaway)

I'm so thrilled to be participating in the Hello, Universe Blog Tour in celebration of the paperback release of this wonderful book! This tour is sponsored by HarperCollins Children's Books and hosted by The Children's Book Review...

Written by Erin Entrada Kelly 

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. 

Ages 8-12 | Publisher: Greenwillow Books | Reprint edition | April 7, 2020 | ISBN-13: 978-0062414168 

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. For more information, visit: 
Instagram: @HarperKids and @erinentrada 
Twitter @HarperKids and @ErinEntrada 

Word Spelunking's Top Ten Middle-Grade Books/Series To Read When You're Stuck Inside

In times like these, when many of us are stuck inside for long periods of time, books are a great way to pass the time! I've compiled a list of ten-ish middle-grade books and/or series that are perfect for quarantine reading.

1. Hello, Universe

Of course I'll start with the wonderful book that brought us here together today! Being stuck inside can be a lonely, isolated place to be and, in Hello Universe, author Erin Entrada Kelly beautifully explores these themes of loneliness, friendship, and finding courage and adventure in the most unexpected places.

2. Rick Riordan Presents books

Escape to a multitude of worlds full of gods, goddesses, captivating lore, diverse heroes and heroines, and unforgettable stories! The Rick Riordan Presents imprint offers readers an ever expanding line-up of own voices writers, stories, and characters.

3. City Spies

Kid spies, cool high-tech gadgets, stunning global settings, breathtaking mystery and adventure? James Ponti's City Spies has all this and more!

4. Explorer Academy

From National Geographic Kids and written by Trudi Trueit, the Explorer Academy series takes readers on spectacular adventures across the globe...adventures full of mystery, STEM goodness, and awesome young characters.

5. Clean Getaway

In Nic Stone's heartfelt Clean Getaway, readers will join endearing Scoob on an unforgettable road trip across the southern USA...a roadtrip full of history, family, love, and unexpected adventure.

6. Mr. Lemoncello's Library series

Enter the world's wackiest, zaniest, coolest library ever: Mr. Lemoncello's Library. Once readers dive into these super fun and imaginative books, they'll forget all about being stuck inside!

7. DC Super Hero Girls series

Dive into the DC Super Hero Girls series by Lisa Yee and join a fun, diverse cast of strong, smart, capable heroines as they save the world and their grades!

8. The Darkdeep series

If you like your adventures a bit spooky then this atmospheric and awesomely spine-tinlgy series is perfect for you! Pick a comfy spot to curl up in with these books because you won't want to put them down until the last pages.

9. Ways To Make Sunshine

With a plucky, endearing, unstoppable young heroine, Renee Watson's Ways To Make Sunshine will fill readers' hearts and inspire them to make their own sunshine, even in the darkest of times.

10. Mo and Dale Mysteries

Fun mystery? Unforgettable adventure? A charming town? The best, most irresistible young heroes you'll ever meet? This series by Sheila Turnage has all this and more! Readers will want to journey to Tupelo Landing and join Mo and Dale again and again and again.

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. 

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1 comment:

Natalie Aguirre said...

I've heard great things about this book. Thanks for the giveaway.