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Don't get this game. You need to actual rate it before you can play, and on top of that, you might need to wait 48 hours to get the code to actual play it after you do a fake rate. And you might wait that long BUT YOU HAVE A CHANCE OF NOT GETTING THE CODE, so you would never be able to play it.
My daughter wanted to play this, so I tried to help her it forces you to leave a five star review before it will send the code to play, but it never sent the code. And the ads are so unprofessional that I'm concerned it's not the legit game she found on fgtv anyway.
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 want 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 enjoy Gary Schmidt and Lisa Graff.
My 10 year old daughter read the hardcover edition in FOUR days, so I knew it had to be entertaining. After seeing that it won the Newbery Award I had to see what all the fuss was about. I don't have much time for reading, so I bought the Audible book. Holy crap the narrators really bring this book to life.
Four middle schoolers start their summer vacation and steadily their lives begin 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 help her lip read. She used to have close friends 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 friends with. Finally, there is Chet who bullies Virgil and Valencia. He starts problems one day in the woods and Virgil finds himself in real 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 children who are lonely and interesting. The book speaks to children who don’t fit in, who are bullied, and who are unique in some way. It’s about staying true to yourself and not trying to be someone else. Important subjects weave throughout as well, including deafness and diversity. These enrich the novel even further, making it a book that grapples with important topics and yet stays entirely accessible and filled with plenty of e characters are what make 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 child 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 beautiful 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 intelligent adventure of a book that is about friendships that seem impossible but happen anyway. Appropriate for ages 9-12.
"Hello, Universe" is a really fantastic tween/middle grade story about four tweens during one eventful day. We get each of their perspectives, and they are all unique and well-developed characters. We begin with Virgil, whose family is loud, boisterous and calls him Turtle (which he doesn't like), and he is an easy character 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 let 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 kids and will absolutely make you laugh out loud gether, they make this an unforgettable and delightful story of being a tween and all the issues that entails- with family, bullies, friendships, identities and everything. The character 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 wonderful addition to an already fantastic book. If you have a middle grade reader or tween, you won't want to miss out on this one!Please note that I received an ARC through a goodreads giveaway. All opinions are my own.
frustration. I am fully logged in, I go to the "music" bubble on the home page to open my library, all I get is a spinning circle and a message "retrieving your music" and the circle spins and spins... forever.... music never loads. I have uninstalled and reinstalled the app 4x, and still the same glitch. I have emailed support.... though I am doubtful they will fix it.
zero stars. love the class, been in it with my daughter for over a year. but the app never works. everytime i want to access anything i have to logout and then login. half the time i forget my passwords so i ask to reset and the link they send me doesn't work. when i click on it it tells me the link is wrong! whenever we start a new class the codes they send me to access the new music don't work. i am told they are invalid. i have to logout and log in multiple times to get it to work
Love the content but app is not well integrated. It needs to interface with the Android OS and sound so that I can pause or skip from a dropdown menu of active apps, and it should automatically pause if the bluetooth connection is broken--all my other audio apps do this. It's really annoying that pausing the music is one more thing to do to get the kiddo out of the car. On a positive note, this semester was the first time I didn't need to logout/login to get it to recognize a new collection.
oh my what a nightmare- this app does not sync properly to my bluetooth van audio so I have to use my phone to skip a song or heaven forbid I want a lullaby to put the kids to sleep I have to manually press the back button on my phone! terrible! then when I get out of the van the app has no clue and keeps playing music in my purse until I again manually turn it off. this app is so bad it is a safety hazard.
I want to like the app, but I have a short list of complaints that are seemingly easy to fix, which would make it more useable. There is significant distortion on all of the audio tracks, which doesn't exist on the iOS version. It would be nice if playback would automatically progress to the next collection of songs rather than restarting the current one. It would also be nice to have the option to connect to Chromecast devices natively. The interface is also very unintuitive, but that would require a complete rebuild of the app itself.
I like this app on iOS, my son absolutely loves these songs, but there is an audio desynchronization between the vocals track and the background music track that makes it sound like reverb and is very distracting. There should also be some sort of a pressed state on the buttons on the main screen. The app doesn't immediately change, so I don't know if I pressed the button in the right location, if the app froze, or what happened. Excellent content, mediocre app.
Many reviewers have said the same things I'm going to list.. I have several gripes, including that I need to constantly relog-in and that I can't just shuffle songs from all the collections I have, but the main EXCRUCIATING fault that this app has is the fact that it loses synchronization so that the vocals are consistently faster or slower than the music. For a MUSIC app, this should be the minimum is should do -- play music properly consistently. This seems to be a problem with Android and I wish the developers would do something about it, the classes are great, unfortunately this app is an absolute fail. After my child has destroyed the CDs (in a week) it would be nice to have this as a backup.
Used to work ok [i always had to logout and then login to get my class cds to quell again) on my Samsung galaxy s6 but recent updates to the os must have broken it, it loads but after exactly selecting any one item, app freezes completely. I tried re-loading it, clearing storage, rebooting my phone, nothing works.
I thought this would be great! I love the songs from class and wanted a convenient way to play them. But nothing about this has been intuitive. 1st you have to RE-signup on the national website, not your local area just to login. Then once you're there I only have the welcome songs. And the help button is absolutely useless!
Wow. I tried to log in so that I could play the songs for my niece in the car (and brush up on them before taking her to her class this week) and I was locked out for having a "duplicate family code." surely someone must realize that several people might be involved in a child's life.
This is very convenient to play on the go for my son, but it stops continuous play after some number of songs. I'd also like to see the capability to cast the music to an external device like chromecast or Google home or any Bluetooth device so that we can play it around the house. No one owns CD players anymore so I can only play the CDs in the car.
This is such a great app! I love getting to share the music from these classes with kids when we're at home, especially now that my computer doesn't have a CD drive. However, it seems to have forgotten one of the units I entered a code for, and now only gives me access to the welcome songs. Still great music, but I'd like to access everything I have codes for!
I am using a Samsung Galaxy SIII. Please fix the bugs with this app as soon as possible so that I can enjoy and fulfill the objectives set forth by Music Together with my daughter. Whenever I select the Music tab on the app, it crashes and forces me out. Therefore I am not able to play the songs, nor to follow the lyrics along with my daughter. This problem is extremely annoying, defeats the purpose of Music Together, and makes me feel that I wasted a big portion of what I paid when enrolling in the program since the app with songs (and other resources) are included in the tuition. Please fix the app!
I like the story, I enjoyed the four different 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 want to be one to introduce into students lexicon even if just through a book.
I highly recommend this book for all tween readers. Kelly's writing is easy to understand but expresses the complexity of her characters and their relationships to each other. I loved hearing from the different points of view and loved the insight this book provides into the ups and downs of childhood friendship. Wonderful 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 needed 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.
There is a certain kind of book that can be tricky for me, a quiet, but emotionally powerful 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 little and I just don’t care. It is for this reason I was wary when beginning Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe, but I needed 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 place in a single day featuring four middle schoolers. In the center is Virgil Salinas, a highly introverted member of a large 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 let her know. And so he has become a client of the young physic Kaori Tanaka who, with her younger sister Gen, intends to help him. Last 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 way to build strength in a dire moment. Here is where my admiration for Kelly’s writing really takes hold as she masterfully balances the emotionally of Virgil’s cirtances on that tightrope without a misstep. The threads of the other characters move in and out of Virgil’s difficulty. We get 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 little sister Gen’s humorously typical second-grader behavior. Interestingly, while these character 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 hold our breath wondering how Virgil will be saved, there is humor (especially from little Gen), and there is the slow evolution of different 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 want in a book for children — 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.
Through recent updates this app is now by far one of the best interms of food delivery while the options are currently limited to about 3 different food franchises, the information given is phenomenal: all menu items available, distance and estimated time of arrival, notifications regarding order progress and real time driver location/tracker so you know where ur food is. The only downside is that while the app mentions Loyalty points based on purchase these are not awarded/gained.
*ZERO STARS* EVEN KFC'S ORDER TO PICK UP IS MORE CONVENIENT THAN THIS The worst app for ordering take away... Ordered Burger King today at 6:51, didn't get there until 7:12 then had to wait another 15 mins to collect my food after lining up and paying like everybody else that "walked in" because they didn't get notified of the order from the app
Worse app ever, I ordered 2 (3 piece combo), got the chicken and fries, no drink so I ask the delivery guy. Where is my drink, he forget it. He said he was going back for it . Remind you I already paid for delivery and my food. One hour later I called, this man going to tell me him not coming back my side for the day... Never again
I have one restaurant option, I'm located in the east. I've ordered from this one restaurant about 5 times and the last time i go to order I get a call saying I'm in an area they don't deliver to even tho this one restaurant I have ordered from multiple times before with no issue and I was not given any proper reason as to why. There is not way on the app to have issues addressed. You're better off with another food delivery app.