Everything you need to understand or teach Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly.
Erin Entrada Kelly’s novel, Hello, Universe, is the story of four middle school students, Virgil, Valencia, Kaori, and Chet. Their lives unexpectedly intertwine with each other when Chet pulls a prank that causes Virgil to become trapped in a well. Through teamwork and help from the universe, Kaori, Gen, and Valencia rescue Virgil. As a result of the experience, Virgil, Valencia, and Kaori form a friendship and grow as individuals. Chet learns lessons that make him begin to reevaluate his life as a bully. Themes such as the role of fate versus free will in one’s life, isolation, communication, courage, and identity are explored in the narrative.