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Mon, Sep 26


Juergen’s Hall

Bookclub 4th & 5th grade: "Hello, Universe"

by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Bookclub 4th & 5th grade: "Hello, Universe"
Bookclub 4th & 5th grade: "Hello, Universe"

Time & Location

Sep 26, 2022, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM CDT

Juergen’s Hall, 26026 Hempstead Rd, Cypress, TX 77429, USA


About the Event

Coordinator: Brittaney Adamson

Grades: 4th & 5th

Book: Hello, Universe

by Erin Entrada Kelly

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Please have your children read the book before coming to bookclub.

Book description:  Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani(hero).   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.

Activity:  Hello, Universe Jeopardy

Discussion topics:  

- Virgil's experience in the well

- Chet's character

- Lola's arrival

- Main character names/nicknames and their meaning

- Author's use of metaphors 


  • 4th & 5th grade




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