The 2018 Newbery Award Committee has chosen Hello, Universe by Erin Entrada Kelly as the
most distinguished contribution to American literature for children during the past year.
When describing the book, the Newbery website says "Filipino folklore and real life
converge at the bottom of the 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.