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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe

(Sal and Gabi #1)

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  566 ratings  ·  176 reviews
How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany's locker? When Sal Vidon meets Gabi Real for the first time, it isn't under the best of circumstances. Sal is in the principal's office for the third time in three days, and it's still the first week of school. Gabi, student council president and editor of the school paper, is there to support her friend Yasmany, who just picked a f ...more
ebook, 382 pages
Published March 5th 2019 by Rick Riordan Presents
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Rick Riordan
Jan 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Sal and Gabi’s Excellent Universe-Destroying Adventure

You know how I can tell when a book is great?

When I can’t even describe it to you without ruining the marvelous surprises. I mean . . . I could try to explain why Gabi’s father is called Lightning Dad, or why Sal’s teacher Dr. Doctorpants dresses like a gumball machine, or even why Sal’s physicist father and his not-quite-human assistant Bonita are building a remembranation machine in the living room. But you’d never believe me. You’d accuse
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megs_bookrack
Mar 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
Sal Vidon is a magician. He's also a kid who has just lost his Mami, moved to a new school and is having a hard time fitting in.



Starting off in a new school can be tough and unfortunately, Sal quickly finds himself on the wrong side of the school bully, Yasmany.



To escape a run-in with him, Sal performs his trickiest of tricks yet.
He makes a raw chicken appear in the bully's locker!
Take that!

Such antics end up having the opposite effect he was looking for though and now the other kids are acc
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Renata
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I LOVED this book. So funny, clever, and moving with a hugely lovable cast of diverse characters.
Jessie_Book
Nov 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a few of the other Rick Riordan Presents books but I never finished them. They felt like diet Rick Riordan and like they didn't stand on their own all that well. This book I think dodged that problem effortlessly. It has science instead of magic and for the most part it felt like it was doing its own thing. Sal and Gabi are such a delight to read. I think that they are the most respectful and well mannered thirteen year olds I have ever read.

While I was reading it I kept wishing that I
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Kiera
not quite as expected

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Liv (Stories For Coffee)
A cute middle grade read full of quirky characters and moments. At times it dragged on, but the audiobook narrator told this story wonderfully and really brought it to life.
Jocelyn
This book is a perfect example of why I will be screaming about the Rick Riordan Presents imprint until the end of time.

I love it when adults remember to behave themselves. They forget all the time, you know. Hard to blame them, though. They haven't been kids in so long.

Hernandez has created a book that is fun, accessible, and exciting like so many other middle grade stories, but the addition of it being ownvoices for the Cuban-American representation, as well as showing (from what I can tell
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Cassandra
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I will fight anyone who doesn't think this book is worthy of being praised from the rooftops, passed between friends like a rare secret, spoken of with great love in front of parents starved for new reading material to gift their children.

Because this book is good.

Because this book is subtle and sincere and smart but more than anything else, it does that thing that good media does: it cracks open the universe for its readers. Let me give you examples. This is a book about a kid who can tear open
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Juan Manuel Sarmiento
3.5/5
Books on Stereo
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was ok
Sal and Gabi are delightfully charming, but are, unfortunately, trapped in a lackluster plot.
DaNae
Simply fantastic. Humor and high jinx abound.
Alyshondra
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
THIS BOOOOOOK.

I just can not even with this book. It's one of my very favorite books I've read all year. Pretty much everyone I know will be getting this as a gift as soon as it comes out, kids and adults.

It was so incredibly delightful. I kept trying to savor it, to enjoy it and have it simmering in the back of my mind all day, but last night I hit the 3/4 mark and just stayed up late finishing it. I woke up my partner, laughing so hard that the bed shook. I also cried. I can NOT BELIEVE how ma
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Rashika (is tired)
Rick Riordan Presents is probably the only imprint I can say I want to read EVERY SINGLE BOOK FROM. I saw the synopsis mentioned a raw chicken inside a locker and was immediately sold. I WANTED IT and I READ IT and YEAH. I am not really sure if Sal and Gabi Break the Universe has mythology vibes??? But what I can say is that it is truly a work of art.

There is a good chance I’ve said that about another book or two before but I don’t know how else to describe how truly well written this book is. C
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Claire
ELEVEN HUNDRED STARS. I truly, truly loved this book. I want to read it again right now. There was honestly not a single thing I did not adore. It was funny and smart and had SO MUCH HEART.

I super enjoyed THE ASSIMILATED CUBAN'S GUIDE TO QUANTUM SANTERIA a few years ago -- and rec'd it on a Geek Girl Con RA panel! -- but I'd never have guessed that Carlos Hernandez could make the leap to middle grade so beautifully.

I just. I don't even know where to start with a review because I'm all just fla
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Utena
Mar 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Jessica
Dec 27, 2018 rated it it was ok
1.5 stars Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! This book was odd. Every time I felt like I had a handle on it, some new twist or new quirk got thrown in. I did like Sal & Gabi. They were clever and silly. However, I just didn’t really understand the purpose of the book or the story. I guess it taught a lesson. I guess it was humorous. I guess it was a fantasy and had creative elements. It just had too much of the fantasy elements where I thought-ok why is that in there? Like why have the portabl ...more
Dejanira Dawn
Sep 04, 2018 marked it as to-read
Shelves: mythology
THE COVER TO THIS BOOK IS SO BEAUTIFUL. IM SO READY FOR IT
Laurie
Interest Level: 3-6

Imagine that you could go back in time to change anything you wanted. Now imagine that go into a different universe to change, swap, or bring people and things to your universe. Sounds crazy, right? Well, Sal is a special kind of kid who can "break" the universe to do all of those things. Sal is the new kid in town and in his first week of school he has been sent to the principal's office too many times to count. And to make things worse, he gets into a beef with the school bu
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Adriana Martinez Figueroa
HEY I LOVE SAL AND GABI WITH MY WHOLE ENTIRE BEING
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If you’re searching for a book that’s about the connections we make, character growth, meaning of family and friendship, all while giving you a novel and thorough world full of creative sci-fi, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez is the one for you.

We follow Sal Vidón, a precocious young teen who, on his third day at the Culeco Academy of Arts, finds himself at the principal’s office after a bullying incident. Said incident inv
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Yamile Méndez
Dec 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What a fun book!!! What can I say? The voice, the Spanglish, the characters, everything! It made me laugh so many times, and several times I'd look up from the page and have this glow in my heart. I'm so happy this book exists! Little me would have LOVED it!
Becky
Feb 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Yes yes yes yes yes! This book made me laugh out loud and also brought me to the verge of tears. It's snarky and smart and honest, and I loved every minute of it. I adored the Cuban influence, and I loved that we got to see a diabetic protagonist (Sal's the only one I've encountered in children's lit outside of Stacy from the Babysitter's Club years and years ago, but type 1 diabetes affects a lot of kids!), and I loved the emphasis on Gabi and Sal's families, and I ADORED the fact that Sal tota ...more
Lana
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sal and Gabi Break the Universe is a fun middle grade book full of Cuban culture, magic, friendship and middle school! I enjoyed the writing and liked Sal and Gabi’s characters, but struggled at times with the busy storyline. I really liked the 400 page book but I’m not sure my eleven year old son would go for it. I will however be interested in the next book.
Thank you to NetGalley and Disney Book Group for this ARC in exchange for my honest review.
Vanessa (Vynexa)
'Sometimes, when it's too hard, when it hurts too much, only silliness can save us. And I'm all about doing whatever it takes to help people make it to tomorrow.'

Sal & Gabi Break The Universe follows the perspective of Sal, a Cuban 13-year-old boy with diabetes who just moved to Miami from Connecticut. He enjoys doing magic, which he started doing to help cope with the death of his mother.
On his second day of school, a bully taunts him. Sal thought of the best way to get his bully back: put
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Ami
So I had mixed feelings on this book.

On the one hand, it was AMAZING in terms of diverse, unique characters and settings. Sal is a diabetic, Cuban-American middle-schooler/full time magician, who also happens to have the power to reach across parallel universes and switch things around. Gabi is a popular, smart-alecky Cuban-American girl (in this book, different from Sal in that she doesn't know much Spanish) who is both student council president and school reporter.

The topics in this story ar
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Laurie
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interest Level: 3-6

Imagine that you could go back in time to change anything you wanted. Now imagine that go into a different universe to change, swap, or bring people and things to your universe. Sounds crazy, right? Well, Sal is a special kind of kid who can "break" the universe to do all of those things. Sal is the new kid in town and in his first week of school he has been sent to the principal's office too many times to count. And to make things worse, he gets into a beef with the school bu
...more
Alina Borger
My 5th and 6th grade boys voluntarily gave up screen time in order to keep reading this book. If that doesn't sell it, I don't know what will.

Hernandez has created a snappy plot that clips right along with a clever protagonist who's emotionally intelligent and genuinely loves the people in his life in a way that doesn't usually show up in middle grade. He buys the believability of that protagonist (Sal) with two key pieces of backstory: First, Sal's Mami died several years prior to the opening
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Jackie Nolan
Mar 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! I think it is safe to say, even with it being the beginning of March, that this book is going to go down as one of my favorites of the year!

Sal and Gabi are both amazing characters. I felt a particular fondness for Sal, since I am a diabetic also. Even though Sal is a Type 1 Diabetic and I'm a Type 2, it was nice to see some diabetic representation in this book. Sal and Gabi are both amazing role models. We could all learn a little something from them.

One of my favor
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Jen
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was super psyched to get an early read of yet another book from the new Rick Riordan Presents Imprint Series. This story is a little different than most of the mythology-based storylines that I’ve come to expect from this publisher. It’s Snark, Science, and Spanglish- that’s how I sold it to my own 13 yo kid.

I loved it so much that I talked him into reading my Kindle copy. I mean I was reading funny parts aloud at the table, in the car waiting for his brother, really everywhere cause once I s
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Nicole Hewitt
This is a very character-centric book, and the characters are wonderful! It's hard not to fall in love with Sal, an exceptionally emotionally precocious child, despite the fact that he's still trying to recover from the loss of his mother when he was a young child. He's also a practiced magician, and his magic adds a playful element to the book. Then there's Gabi, who's precocious in an entirely different way--she could win any debate with her logical mind and incredible intelligence. The book e ...more
Archita Mitra
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am not the kind of audience this book was written for. It was written for middle-school students. I cleared middle school over ten years ago. So it isn't surprising that I could relate more to the author of the book than its characters. Culeco Academy is THE Dream school for all nerds out there (including me). It is a school that actually encourages creativity and where teachers are always supportive. It's a school where you get to put on a mask and jump around in class. It's a school where de ...more
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SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE comes out March 2019!

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Sal and Gabi (2 books)
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