Hello, Universe, written by Erin Entrada Kelly, published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, was announced the Newbery Medal winner earlier this week.
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the American Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children – making it the equivalent of the UK’s Carnegie Medal.
Filipino folklore and real life converge at the bottom of a well. Even while following signs and portents, the characters are the definition of creative agency. Masterfully told through shifting points of view, this modern quest tale shimmers with humor and authentic emotion.