Friday, November 22, 2019

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez - ADVISABLE

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez, 382 pages. Rick Riordan Presents, 2019. $17.

Language: G (0 swears); Mature Content: G; Violence: G.



When Sal first meets Gabi, she is defending the bully in the Principal's office that Sal just bested - by pulling a gross raw chicken out of Yasmany's locker. Sal is an amazing magician, very good at slight of hand, but the chicken trick isn't that - Sal can actually reach into other dimensions and bring things here. That's why his family moved to Miami. Sal's Mama Muerta keeps coming back (she's dead) and after she ruins the house, Sal's dad and American Stepmom decide they need a fresh start somewhere else. Sal and Gabi hit it off right away, and when Gabi doesn't freak out about Sal's, um, interesting skill, they become fast friends. 

What a surprise! I thought this would be realistic fiction about finding friends at a school for the arts, but it's really a science fantasy complete with robots, alternate realities, and holes in the universe. Great representation of Cuban culture, food and family. I loved the quirky teachers and administrators, the caring parents and the fantasy twist.

Lisa Librarian

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