The Friday 56: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

The Friday 56 is a weekly blog meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. Join us every Friday and share an excerpt from a book you’ve been reading.


*Grab a book, any book.
*Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader.
*Find any sentence (or a few, just don’t spoil it) that grab you.
*Post it.
*Add your (url) post here in Linky. Add the post url, not your blog url. It’s that simple.

**Be sure to leave a link to your Friday 56 post in the comments!**

      “Gabi looked at the audience as she welcomed me onstage. ‘Thank you so much for being my victim—I mean, volunteer, Sal.'”

Hello all! I know it’s been a while, but I am hoping to bring this meme back to my blog on a more regular basis. Though you might not see it every week. This week I am featuring Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez. This MG is currently Latinx Book Club’s read for the month of November and I am loving it so much. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so much out loud because of a book. Cover is linked to Goodreads.

From the Goodreads Synopsis:

      “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 fight with Sal. She is determined to prove that somehow, Sal planted a raw chicken in Yasmany’s locker, even though nobody saw him do it and the bloody poultry has since mysteriously disappeared.
      Sal prides himself on being an excellent magician, but for this sleight of hand, he relied on a talent no one would guess . . . except maybe Gabi, whose sharp eyes never miss a trick. When Gabi learns that he’s capable of conjuring things much bigger than a chicken–including his dead mother–and she takes it all in stride, Sal knows that she is someone he can work with. There’s only one slight problem: their manipulation of time and space could put the entire universe at risk.
      A sassy entropy sweeper, a documentary about wedgies, a principal who wears a Venetian bauta mask, and heaping platefuls of Cuban food are just some of the delights that await in this mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.”

19 thoughts on “The Friday 56: Sal & Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez

  1. This sounds like an incredibly fun but also sweet read, and I love how colourful the cover is! I find it quite difficult to stay on top of all the memes while trying to fit my reading around work, so I feel you! I hope you have a lovely weekend and do drop by my Friday Post if you have the time!
    Juli @ A Universe in Words

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  2. I’m glad to hear you’re enjoying Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. It seems like a fantastic story. I haven’t heard of it before, so thanks for mentioning it. 🙂

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  3. This sounds like a fun one and I love that cover. I want to read more middle grade fiction, especially as my daughter begins to show an interest in them. Not that I need her as an excuse. 🙂 I hope you have a great weekend, Alicia!

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