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I like the story, I enjoyed the four various main characters. However, as a school librarian, I hated the liberal use of the word retarded by the bully in the book. It's not just used once or twice. It's said a lot by the bully to another student who does have learning issues. While I know it's in character, the r-word as we call it has become as forbidden as the n-word in school and I don't wish to be one to introduce into students lexicon even if just through a book.
There is a certain kind of book that can be tricky for me, a quiet, but emotionally strong book. I see such books as teetering on tightropes — balancing just right the heartstrings-tugging, the poignancy, the tenderness, the provoking-of-tears. Too much and I feel manipulated, too small and I just don’t care. It is for this reason I was wary when beginning Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe, but I required have been. It is to my mind an exemplar of this sort of book —- quiet, introspective, moving, witty, and emotional in all the right ways. I liked it so much, in fact, that I’ve added it to my goodread’s Newbery list. Yes indeed, I think it is that e novel takes put in a single day featuring four middle schoolers. In the center is Virgil Salinas, a highly introverted member of a huge extrovert family who call him Turtle “Because he wouldn’t ‘come out of his shell,’ Every time they said it, a piece of him broke.” The exception is his Filipina grandmother Lola who calls him Virgilio, gets him completely, and tells him folk tales to bolster him through life’s challenges. Virgil has a crush on deaf and confident Valencia Somerset, but is too shy to allow her know. And so he has become a client of the young physic Kaori Tanaka who, with her younger sister Gen, intends to support him. Latest of all there is Chet Bullens who has bullied Virgil unceasingly.An encounter in the woods with Chet leaves Virgil in a life-threatening situation. Readers are firmly with him as he reacts to this, tries to figure out what to do, and considers some of Lola’s tales as a method to build strength in a dire moment. Here is where my admiration for Kelly’s writing really takes keep as she masterfully balances the emotionally of Virgil’s circumstances on that tightrope without a misstep. The threads of the other characters move in and out of Virgil’s difficulty. We obtain in Chet’s head and, while we learn more about what may have turned him so mean, we don’t forgive him for it. Kaori’s adult-like serene style is delightfully balanced with her small sister Gen’s humorously typical second-grader behavior. Interestingly, while these hero storylines are all in third person, Valencia’s is in first person; from her tolerance of her father calling her an endearment she could do without to her forthright response to Chet, we easily see how crush-worthy she ere is suspense as we keep our breath wondering how Virgil will be saved, there is humor (especially from small Gen), and there is the slow evolution of various personalities, and of what will be, we can be certain, a warm friendship between Virgil, Valencia, and Kaori beyond the book’s ending. It may be this is a book for introverts? I can’t say, but it provided all that I wish in a book for kids — an intriguing plot, beautifully articulated characters, tight and elegant sentences, wit, and opportunity for thought. Hello, Universe is one quiet, emotional book that I recommend highly.
Four middle schoolers begin their summer vacation and steadily their lives start to come together. There is Virgil, a quiet boy who lives in a family of loud, boisterous people. Except for his grandmother who understands him and tells him stories from her village in the Philippines. Valencia is a girl who is deaf and wears hearing aids to support her lip read. She used to have close mates but enjoys spending her days outside in the local woods where she takes care of a stray dog. Kaori believes that she has psychic powers and is helping Virgil gain the courage to speak with a girl he wants to be mates with. Finally, there is Chet who bullies Virgil and Valencia. He starts issues one day in the woods and Virgil finds himself in true danger. But can Kaori and Valencia figure out what has happened before it’s too late?Kelly’s novel is rich and riveting. She writes about kids who are lonely and interesting. The book speaks to kids who don’t fit in, who are bullied, and who are special in some way. It’s about staying real to yourself and not trying to be someone else. Necessary topics weave throughout as well, including deafness and diversity. These enrich the novel even further, making it a book that grapples with necessary subjects and yet stays entirely accessible and filled with plenty of e characters are what create this book sing. Each of them is more than what could have been a stereotype. From the mystical Kaori to shy Virgil to Valencia and her hearing aids, each kid has a full personality and plenty to offer the reader. Each is grappling with loneliness and unable to move forward though they know they need to. There is a attractive theme of folktales and myth throughout the novel with the grandmother’s stories forming a basis for the coincidences and fate that brings our young heroes together.An smart adventure of a book that is about friendships that seem impossible but happen anyway. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
"Hello, Universe" is a really unbelievable tween/middle grade story about four tweens during one eventful day. We obtain each of their perspectives, and they are all special and well-developed characters. We start with Virgil, whose family is loud, boisterous and calls him Turtle (which he doesn't like), and he is an simple hero to love- he's shy and quiet and wishes he could ask one of his classmates to be his friend, but can't quite work up the courage. Valencia is smart, brave, and deaf, but she won't allow anyone drag her down- certainly not Chet who is a bully and picks on Virgil a lot. Even Chet seems to be a product of his father but will learn a lot. Kaori is a delightful addition, a 12-year-old psychic who only works with children and will absolutely create you laugh out loud gether, they create this an unforgettable and delightful story of being a tween and all the problems that entails- with family, bullies, friendships, identities and everything. The hero development here is really incredible, and I would highly recommend it to all tweens. The inclusion of some main characters who happen to be deaf and their struggles/triumphs is also a unbelievable addition to an already unbelievable book. If you have a middle grade reader or tween, you won't wish to miss out on this one!Please note that I received an ARC through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
I would give five stars to this contemporary middle grade story for its pacing alone. Kelly manages to perfectly balance the stories and perspectives of her characters Virgil, Valencia, Kaori, and Chet, all while some of the characters are literally moving toward encounters with one another, and while one is rooted in place. It's the kind of book you wish to draw on a map. The use of Virgil's lola's traditional Filipino tales makes a neat counterpoint to the realistic story, which invokes a kind of supernatural sensibility while staying within the bounds of realistic fiction. Highly recommended for readers who have fun Gary Schmidt and Lisa Graff.
I highly recommend this book for all tween readers. Kelly's writing is simple to understand but expresses the complexity of her characters and their relationships to each other. I loved hearing from the various points of view and loved the insight this book provides into the ups and downs of childhood friendship. Unbelievable read.
My son steered me towards this title after he read it and wrote the author a letter about how much it touched him After reading his letter, my husband and I both knew we required to read it as well. And I'm glad we did. It is excellent. The characters are diverse, vibrant, charming, and real. The plot is adventurous and quick-paced. Overall the book is powerful, heartfelt, and endearing. Highly recommended by both my ten-year old son and myself.
One of the best application out-there to know about cosmos. This application really changed my perspective towards me, earth, universe. Once i started reading i couldn't stop my self from completing. Got more understanding towards universe. Thanks for developer for such a amazing thought.
Amazing small app. The expirience mode is really enjoyable, but my favorite mode so far is the landing lab mode. I've almost got the landing lab mastered now but the learning process was certainly entertaining. At one point I managed to turn the lander into a missle, completely destroyed it, and the mangled husk landed right on me, which was kind of freaky in VR, lol. Amazing application all around.
Update: they've added a bunch of fresh stuff. The rover Sim is neat! And the attention to detail! Wheels leave marks on the Martian surface! Just keeps getting better. This is easily one of the best apps around for VR atm. And it's getting better with each update! And for a dollar?! My 8y/o is addicted to it. If you like space, obtain it.
Perfect application and experience! Just got my daydream and I had bought this a few weeks ago anticipating picking one up. It did not disappoint! The intro video is very neat, but what was even more fun was the simulator! I spent over an hour trying to master the landing simulator! Most fun I've had in VR yet!
Breathtaking experience. Almost photo-realistic. As you descend to Mars surface, you are alternately outside the capsule, on top of the capsule and inside the capsule. You are sitting beside astronauts in spacesuits. Look behind and see another squad friend on your left. Another on your right. Then you're outside the capsule, looking in. And all the method down as you approach the surface. This is what advanced VR can do.
Amazing application for demonstrating Daydream to mates and family. The fresh simulation mode is fun. My one suggestion would be for a more interactive experience. I love the cinematic experience but sit me in a seat, allow me control the various elements and I would gladly pay ;-)
Title and description imply an experience of Mars, however, this is an experience of a theoretical Mars lander. The short experience stops upon landing on a somewhat poorly rendered Martian surface. Was hoping for a VR experience of Mars as well as the lander.
This is a flat out phenomenal VR application that I got for $1.99 on sale. I got this over Christmas and my entire huge Italian family all wanted to test this. Everyone loved it. For two dollars it was a steal but if it were prices regularly I don't now if I would have purchased this.
I am learning alot of web coming from Android. But it would be very handy for me figuring out how to approach the homework giving each week through the application (even if only read format) I spend alot of time using my phone for research before I submit an respond through pc. Otherwise the application is excellent and thank you so much for the lectures.
This application is okay. Just a few things need improvement. The videos are very figetty and sometimes gets stuck in a loop between a couple of seconds. The videos need fixing. Had to reset the application a few times to fix this. Another thing is why can't the homeworks be done onthe app? I think that would be a amazing idea.
Overall it amazing app, but there is video are sometime stuck n have quit. Application. I done labs code on pc and it present progress updated in web but the same progress not reflected on application. Please resolve this bug regarding sync of application and web version.