Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Series #1)

Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Series #1)

by Carlos Hernandez


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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 his mind-blowing novel gift-wrapped in love and laughter.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781368022828
Publisher: Disney Press
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Series: Sal and Gabi Series , #1
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 28,291
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.50(d)
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Carlos Hernandez has published more than thirty works for fiction, poetry, and drama, most notably a book of short stories for adults entitled The Assimilated Cuban's Guide to Quantum Santeria. He is an English professor at City University of New York, and he loves to both play games and design them. He lives with his wife, Claire, in Queens, New York. Follow him on Twitter: @WriteTeachPlay.

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Sal and Gabi Break the Universe (Sal and Gabi Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The-Broke-Book-Bank More than 1 year ago
This was cute. Very weird and sweet. Things are just different and there's no explaining it, it just is and I love it for that. I don't know what or how to compare it to accurately. There's an amazing step-mom, a host of amazing dads, Gabi who is a force of nature, and fun detention. It's not all fun and games though as Sal is still grieving the loss of his mom, PTSD from a car crash, moving, Gabi's got a sick brother in the hospital, and her best friend has an unstable home. I don't like magic or pranks, so Sal was kinda annoying at first. But his backstory and enthusiastic talk and use of magic won me over. It does open with a bullying moment against Sal, which is not fun. But it's not extreme, and works out in the end. What really saves it from being the tiring typical bully redemption is that its only one instance and the principals reaction. This is not a get off scot-free or blame both sides kind of place, thank gods! My best work friend is diabetic and Mexican, and I can't wait to find out what she thinks when she's done. I will definitely reading the sequel!
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
Any time I see a book coming out from Rick Riordan Presents, it becomes an automatic add. I've loved almost every one of them, and this one is no different! I'm so excited for this to get into the hands of young readers! Sal has been to the principal's office far too many times during the first week of school. It's there that he meets Gabi, who's there to help her friend. But Sal has somehow gotten rid of the very thing that landed them there at the principal.... A raw chicken. Soon Gabi realizes that Sal can do more than what she (and he) originally thought. So, they begin to practice. But as they do, they soon begin to see that their practicing endangers the entire universe of breaking. For someone who doesn't care much for science fiction and time travel, I have to say this was a pleasant surprise. I find these types of books to be hard to follow, but maybe because it's a middle grade novel, it wasn't bad at all in this one. There wasn't too much science talk, but when there was, it didn't seem like "real" science talk so it was fine lol (If that makes sense!) The one thing I didn't care for was the plot. I felt like I missed some huge prequel. For instance, Hernandez never really goes into detail on how Sal finds out he can do this or how it even starts. It felt like I missed out on some huge piece of information and that bothered me. I read the whole book waiting for an explanation of it and unfortunately, it never came. The main thing that I loved though was the writing style. I always know I love the way a book is written by the way I feel while I'm reading it. I cycled through so many emotions as I read this! I laughed at some places and I got so sad in others. As much as I didn't care for the WAY this story was told, the language it used and the emotion put into the story was amazing. Lastly, readers be aware that there isn't a cliffhanger, but a bit of a bomb that's dropped at the end of the book. It'll leave you looking forward to the next book in the series. I hope everything that's brought up at the end is answered in the next one, because I am super interested in this whole cat situation. (Also it makes me nervous for the person it's happening to lol) The book has its faults, but for the most part, the story is funny and entertaining. Sal and Gabi are both characters to watch.... If nothing else but to make sure they haven't let more calamitrons into the universe....
Suzanne Costner More than 1 year ago
Sal Vidon is a complicated kid. He loves to work magic and is excited about his new magnet school, Culeco, and the chance to improve his stage skills. He is also nervous about his ability to access alternate dimensions, especially since his calamity physicist father tells him that it could release calamitrons and break the universe. Sal also has some things working against him; he is the new kid, he gets bullied by a much larger and athletic kid (yes, Sal is short), he has type 1 diabetes, and ... oh yeah, he keeps pulling versions of his dead mother from parallel universes (see above warning about calamitrons). So, when Sal winds up in the principal's office for the third time on his third day of school, it doesn't seem like the place he would make a new friend. But, somehow, he and Gabi seem to connect. As they learn more about each other, these two seeming opposites have an incredible adventure. It includes masks, lie detectors, lots of Cuban food, dad jokes, homework, and other random stuff. Readers who see the Rick Riordan Presents label may be expecting another series that features mythology from a culture they are not too familiar with. Sal's story has large amounts of Cuban culture and talks about magic and whether Sal is a brujo or not, but it has more to do with the culture of friendship, family, and food. No gods or goddesses make an appearance (although there is an entropy detector with an attitude), but those looking for cultural diversity will not be disappointed. There is also the added layer of the school (staff and students) dealing with Sal's diabetes. As Sal says, the students and faculty of Culeco have a lot to learn about how to make a school safe for diabetics." Recommended for middle grades and up.
KaileyReadsYA More than 1 year ago
I don't read a lot of middle grade. I have read some from a few of my favorite authors, but I don't read it the majority of the time. I'm trying to change that though and I so, so, so am glad I chose this book as one of my starters. I knew, I knew, being on Rick Riordan's imprint it would be good but it warmed my heart! It made me laugh! It brought me back to when I first started to love reading. And it's been a while since I've read a book that can truly take me back that way. I adored this book and you can read it now too! It's available. I want you all to read it. Please read it. You won't regret it.