Erin Entrada Kelly
Virgil is like a turtle in that he hides from life. Could you imagine him announcing, Hello, Universe to the world? It’s highly unlikely! It seems that only his beloved Lola knows what is behind his eyes. Therefore, she tells him stories from her native Philippines in an effort to inspire his confidence. Thereafter, Valencia Somerset inspires him. Despite her disability, she faces up to life and Chet, Virgil’s nemesis. While Kaori sees coincidences in the fortunes of Virgil and Valencia, none of them realise that their fortunes will coincide in the woods, one fateful morning.
Bookwagon welcomes Hello, Universe aboard. We love the works of Erin Entrada Kelly such as Lalani of the Distant Sea. Her books weave stories around characters with whom we identify, with the Philippine culture that inspires her. Therefore, we’re informed, captivated and captured. It means that we are entirely responsive to Virgil’s plight, longing for his release from fears, stories and confinement. Bookwagon urges readers to discover Virgil.
Winner of the Newbery Medal for the Most Distinguished Contribution to American Literature for Children