Hello, Universe Book Discussion Guide

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These discussion questions for the Newbery Medal-winning "Hello, Universe" from Erin Estrada Kelly can be used to help students understand not just the core themes and characters of the book, but also to impart some important social-emotional skills like empathy, persistence, respect, friendship, and honesty. Challenging and thought-provoking, the questions provide ample post-reading writing or discussion prompts and can be used either in class or as independent activities.
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Hello, Universe
Hello, Universe
Author: Erin Entrada Kelly
Illustrator: Isabel Roxas

Told from four intertwining points of view—two boys and two girls—the novel celebrates bravery, being different, and finding your inner bayani (hero). Newbery Medalist Erin Entrada Kelly’s Hello, Universe is a funny and poignant neighborhood story about unexpected friendships.

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