Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #2)
Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.Sal Vidon creates wormholes. But Sal's father, a calamity physicist, is trying to shut down all the wormholes Sal creates, because Papi thinks they are eroding the very fabric of our world. All of Papi's efforts are in vain, however, because a Gabi from another universe has gone rogue and is popping up all over the place, seeking revenge for the fact that her world has been destroyed. While Sal and Gabi work together to keep both Papi and Rogue Gabi under control, they also have to solve the mystery of Yasmany, who has gone missing from school. Could it have something to do with the wormhole in the back of his locker?

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #2) Details

TitleSal and Gabi Fix the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 1st, 1970
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mythology, Fiction

Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe (Sal and Gabi, #2) Review

  • megs_bookrack
    January 1, 1970
    **4.5-stars**My favorite Middle Grade magician, Sal Vidon, returns, in this second installment of the Sal and Gabi series.Together with his best friend, Gabi Real, and their wild and wacky families, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe continues to bring the humor and good heart.There is no other way to describe these stories, but: FUN, FUN, FUN!!Low-key scifi concepts are explored and allow for a lot of flexibility with reality. Magical and heartwarming, I think so many kids are going to fall in love **4.5-stars**My favorite Middle Grade magician, Sal Vidon, returns, in this second installment of the Sal and Gabi series.Together with his best friend, Gabi Real, and their wild and wacky families, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe continues to bring the humor and good heart.There is no other way to describe these stories, but: FUN, FUN, FUN!!Low-key scifi concepts are explored and allow for a lot of flexibility with reality. Magical and heartwarming, I think so many kids are going to fall in love with these characters.Even as an adult reader, I was fully engaged the entire way through. You just never know where it is going or what is going to happen next.There are so many important lessons woven throughout as well; just tidbits on how to be a good human and put your most positive side out to the world.Sal and Gabi attend a private school in Miami called, Cuelco. My interpretation is that it is a kind of performing arts school. This school is an absolute utopia for kids that are different. I love reading everything about the school and how it functioned. The kids in this one prepare a performance for their parents based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and it was EVERYTHING!Although I did enjoy this so, so much, I didn't love it quite as much as I did the first book. It did have all of the humor, seriously, I laugh all the time reading from Sal's perspective, and all of the great characters, but I found the plot to be a little choppy. It didn't flow as well as the first one did scene-to-scene, in my opinion. Obviously, this is coming from the perspective of an adult, I think for kids reading this, they will likely not feel that same way.Overall, I am obsessed with this Middle Grade series. I am not sure how many more of these books are in the works, but I do know, I will read any that are released!Thank you so much to the publisher, Disney Book Group and Rick Riordan Presents, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I appreciate the opportunity!
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  • jocelyn
    January 1, 1970
    Nothing can beat the comfort of a middle grade book right now, and Sal & Gabi delivers every step of the way. Carlos Hernandez writes with so much love and joy that you can't help but also be swept up in it. The pitch-perfect end to a sensational series. Nothing can beat the comfort of a middle grade book right now, and Sal & Gabi delivers every step of the way. Carlos Hernandez writes with so much love and joy that you can't help but also be swept up in it. The pitch-perfect end to a sensational series.
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  • Renata
    January 1, 1970
    hmmm I LOVED Sal and Gabi Break the Universe so I was stoked to get an ARC of the sequel on NetGalley. I get books on NetGalley regularly and I know these advance copies aren't yet ready for publication etc so I don't hold it against the final copy, but I have to note that this ARC was WILD in terms of capitalization, or lack thereof? Like almost no character's name was ever capitalized, which was distracting and made me wonder....does Carlos Hernadez just write his drafts entirely in lower case hmmm I LOVED Sal and Gabi Break the Universe so I was stoked to get an ARC of the sequel on NetGalley. I get books on NetGalley regularly and I know these advance copies aren't yet ready for publication etc so I don't hold it against the final copy, but I have to note that this ARC was WILD in terms of capitalization, or lack thereof? Like almost no character's name was ever capitalized, which was distracting and made me wonder....does Carlos Hernadez just write his drafts entirely in lower case?? Are the characters all devotees of ee cummings and/or bell hooks??? Anyway presumably the final version will not have that but I just wanted to mention it.ok anyway something that IS probably in the final version is just like a distracting gender issue, which is that their teacher Srx. Cosquillas makes a big deal about how he's using the gender neutral title "Srx" and in the future everyone will use "Srx" (instead of "Sr." or "Sra/Srta"). Fine, great, I'm on board BUT he also calls all of his students "dude" and "dudes" all the time? I would accept this if he made a mention of "I also believe dude is gender neutral" or something like that, an argument I've heard from others and would be fine with, but...he never mentions it and his self-described smart-aleck students never call out the contradiction. ALSO Gabi has 7 dads, fine, this was lightly mentioned in the last book but in this book we spent more time with the dads and I just want to know why one of the dads is a woman? She has a mom and then 7 dads and one dad is a woman who does not seem to be gender non-conforming or anything along those lines. Is "Dad" a gender neutral term? Why can't she have 2 moms and 6 dads. Again, if "Cari-Dad" (the female dad) would give like a 1-sentence explanation of why she prefers to be a dad I would be fine with it but SHE NEVER DOES AND NO ONE DOES AND I JUST WANT TO KNOW WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING A MOM??? anyway these are minor points that occupied a disproportionate amount of my thoughts while reading this. Is this why I liked it less than I liked the first one or is it genuinely also a weaker story? hard to say, hard to say. I still like these characters; I personally think this got a little carried away with an ambitious multiverse plot + literal talking toilet humor + a very large cast of characters? But still I think there's a lot to like here and most tween readers will probably be more into the toilet humor and less distracted by my above issues.
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  • Joan
    January 1, 1970
    This was a wonderful followup to the first hysterical book which also snagged a Pura Belpre author award (Sal and Gabi break the universe). Sal gets a demand from Fixit Gabi (who is of course NOT the Gabi that is friends with Sal) to open all the universes, and that his Papi is a terrible person who is trying to close up all the holes. Sal tries to be open minded but some things simply don’t make sense! HIS Papi is a wonderful person! Isn’t he? What about the various AIs that populate this story This was a wonderful followup to the first hysterical book which also snagged a Pura Belpre author award (Sal and Gabi break the universe). Sal gets a demand from Fixit Gabi (who is of course NOT the Gabi that is friends with Sal) to open all the universes, and that his Papi is a terrible person who is trying to close up all the holes. Sal tries to be open minded but some things simply don’t make sense! HIS Papi is a wonderful person! Isn’t he? What about the various AIs that populate this story such as the talking broom sweeper; the school toilet (who doesn’t tolerate any bad language, even it’s own bad language); and Brana who is a remembration machine that might be part of the problem? What about baby Iggy who was a big part of the last book and has an essential hole to another universe? Have I thoroughly confused you yet? I didn’t even talk about the insane parent teacher conference night Sal helps direct after being too blunt about it for his own good and many other incredible scenes! Hernandez makes this story pull together in every way. Which seems impossible. I enjoyed this more than the first book. I’m not sure if that was because I got used to the zany way the author writes or if this is a more coherent book than the first. I suppose I need to reread the first book to determine that! Do not read this without reading the first book. There is simply too much that relies on the first book. Both books are highly recommended! There is the slightest hint there might be another title. I hope so!!!!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    Sal and Gabi may have broken the universe, but can they fix it? And, more importantly, does it even need fixing?Sal Vidon is many things: Cuban-American, magician, diabetic, Level 4 friend to Gabi Real, and breaker of universes. Not that he means to do it. It's not his fault, really. Most of the time, anyway... His Papi, a calamity physicist, believes he has found the answer to fixing the universe using his remembranation machine, which can repair the holes that Sal has ripped in the multiverse. Sal and Gabi may have broken the universe, but can they fix it? And, more importantly, does it even need fixing?Sal Vidon is many things: Cuban-American, magician, diabetic, Level 4 friend to Gabi Real, and breaker of universes. Not that he means to do it. It's not his fault, really. Most of the time, anyway... His Papi, a calamity physicist, believes he has found the answer to fixing the universe using his remembranation machine, which can repair the holes that Sal has ripped in the multiverse. The machine seems to be a success... until Sal encounters another Gabi, who says that--in her universe--the machine has caused more problems then they were supposed to fix. And she is not happy about it...Rogue Gabis, talking toilets that don't like cussing, friend problems, the most epic Parent-Teacher Night to ever exist, a new Gabi-Dad, and more await in this second Sal and Gabi novel, "Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe".Hernandez's hilarious and heartfelt writing combines with science to create an adventure of a lifetime (or, technically, several lifetimes. Depends on how you want to look at it). You're never sure what you'll be more surprised by: what comes from the multiverse, or what the kids at the Culeco Academy of the Arts come up with (Seriously, this school is nuts in the best possible way. So many theater and arts kids. So much Extraneous Extraness.) While so many aspects of this novel can clearly be labeled as science-fiction, fantasy, humor, and more, Hernandez also hits hard on real issues and real life problems such as child neglect, living with a chronic condition, addiction, grief, and making mistakes that hurt the people you care about. And then there's familia. Found families, blended families, so many families. I laughed with delighted surprise then about cried at chapter 37 1/2. It's perfection, my friends... At the heart of it, this book is about friendship, families and teamwork, all wrapped up in this perfectly delightful blend of smarty-pants sciency-stuff and fart jokes that you don't have to be a middle-schooler to laugh at.
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  • Kat Hooper
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com. 3.5 Will review at www.fantasyliterature.com.
  • Sharon Rose
    January 1, 1970
    4 stars. This book is bonkers but it somehow works really well. I read book one about a month ago and was charmed by its wacky mix of heart, science, and jokes. I think I like book two slightly (marginally) less, but there’s still a lot to like. This is not a plot heavy book, though it seems like it would be. Nothing much “happens”, but the journey is so fun you don’t really notice. I kind of want to live in this world (and go to Culeco or at least live in the Real village) it’s so full of color 4 stars. This book is bonkers but it somehow works really well. I read book one about a month ago and was charmed by its wacky mix of heart, science, and jokes. I think I like book two slightly (marginally) less, but there’s still a lot to like. This is not a plot heavy book, though it seems like it would be. Nothing much “happens”, but the journey is so fun you don’t really notice. I kind of want to live in this world (and go to Culeco or at least live in the Real village) it’s so full of colors, hilarity and positivity. I absolutely love Sal, but I think my favorite characters were the handful of spunky and friendly Class Nine (and Eight) AIs. It’s a little hard to categorize because it’s obviously science fiction, but I feel like it would appeal more to young readers who like funny books more than science fiction. I hope Hernandez writes more because this world and the characters are just so fun! Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with this free E ARC.
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  • Paige Green
    January 1, 1970
    Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseAuthor: Carlos HernandezBook Series: Sal and Gabi Book 2Rating: 4/5Diversity: Cuban american main character and #ownvoices, gender neutral terms!Publication Date: May 5, 2020Genre: MG FantasyRecommended Age: 10+ (multiverse, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey)Publisher: Rick Riordan PresentsPages: 432Amazon LinkSynopsis: Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right w Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher and netgalley. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Book: Sal and Gabi Fix the UniverseAuthor: Carlos HernandezBook Series: Sal and Gabi Book 2Rating: 4/5Diversity: Cuban american main character and #ownvoices, gender neutral terms!Publication Date: May 5, 2020Genre: MG FantasyRecommended Age: 10+ (multiverse, wibbly wobbly, timey wimey)Publisher: Rick Riordan PresentsPages: 432Amazon LinkSynopsis: Sal and Gabi have to try to make everything right with our world when there is a rogue Gabi from another universe running loose.Sal Vidon creates wormholes. But Sal's father, a calamity physicist, is trying to shut down all the wormholes Sal creates, because Papi thinks they are eroding the very fabric of our world. All of Papi's efforts are in vain, however, because a Gabi from another universe has gone rogue and is popping up all over the place, seeking revenge for the fact that her world has been destroyed. While Sal and Gabi work together to keep both Papi and Rogue Gabi under control, they also have to solve the mystery of Yasmany, who has gone missing from school. Could it have something to do with the wormhole in the back of his locker?Review: Overall, I thought the book was good. The characters were funny and engaging, also well developed. The pacing was suited for the book and the story really flowed well. I really liked the fantasy elements yet again.However, there were some issues I had with the book. The teacher in this book wants to be referred by Srx which is a gender-neutral term, but referred to the kids in the class in her/him pronouns without really asking. One of Gabi’s 7 dads is also a bit of a mystery. She doesn’t use gender neutral terms but she still wants to be referred to as a dad. I’m all for being whatever you want to be called. Dad, mom, doesn’t matter it’s a parent title, but I would appreciate some more clarification on this. The story is also a bit harder to comprehend. There’s a lot of multiverse stuff that goes on and it gets a little complicated.Verdict: It’s a good book!
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  • Marzie
    January 1, 1970
    There's nothing like a humorous middle-grade book to cheer up kids at home from school during a pandemic and the second installment of the adventures of Sal and Gabi is likely to provoke plenty of laughter. Remember how Sal came up with a clever plan to help Gabi's baby brother Iggy? Well, plans like that in the multiverse come with plenty of complications. And nothing is as complicated as more Sals and more Gabis showing up and creating confusion. Why just Fix Gabi (an ectoplasmic Gabi) and Ext There's nothing like a humorous middle-grade book to cheer up kids at home from school during a pandemic and the second installment of the adventures of Sal and Gabi is likely to provoke plenty of laughter. Remember how Sal came up with a clever plan to help Gabi's baby brother Iggy? Well, plans like that in the multiverse come with plenty of complications. And nothing is as complicated as more Sals and more Gabis showing up and creating confusion. Why just Fix Gabi (an ectoplasmic Gabi) and Extra Gabi alone are a handful. But Stupid Sal? Whoa.While I am sure that middle graders are going to have fun with this one, I felt that the novel's plotting was overly complicated and I have to say that there were things in the novel that just bothered me. The dash of Spanglish for ethnic color would be better if the Spanish was actually correct. Witness "cacaseca" which is two words in Castillian Spanish or just about any other brand of Spanish. We see more of this, like "rompenoche" instead of rompe noche, and basically, I feel like the Spanish is being reduced to hashtags, which is troubling. I had listened to the audiobook of the first book in the series (Break the Universe) so I went back and looked at the print edition and this is indeed the spelling that is being presented in the finished novel. I was also distressed to have Type 1 Diabetes mislabeled an autoimmune deficiency, which is really not correct. It can be a feature of some immunodysregulation syndromes but it is, strictly speaking, an autoimmune disease in which antibodies destroy islets of Langerhans cells in the pancreas. That is not an "autoimmune deficiency."The audiobook is narrated by Anthony Rey Perez, who did a smashing job on the first book in the series.P.S. Did love the shout out to Roshani Chokshi's Aru Shah series, though.I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Carli
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley and Disney Publishing for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. YOU ALL - this series is EXACTLY what you need if the world feels overwhelming right now. It is a funny, insightful escape. This is the sequel to Sal & Gabi Break The Universe, and it picks up just days after the first book. Now, Sal is somewhat amicable with Yasmani, his former bully, Gabi is still... Gabi, and Sal’a father has a new class-nine AI in the Coral Castle. When Thanks to Netgalley and Disney Publishing for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.•⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5. YOU ALL - this series is EXACTLY what you need if the world feels overwhelming right now. It is a funny, insightful escape. This is the sequel to Sal & Gabi Break The Universe, and it picks up just days after the first book. Now, Sal is somewhat amicable with Yasmani, his former bully, Gabi is still... Gabi, and Sal’a father has a new class-nine AI in the Coral Castle. When a Gabi from another universe shows up, trying to convince Sal that his Papi is a bad guy in other universes, he falls into a new adventure that leads him to discover more universes, more ridiculous (in the funniest way) situations, and who his real friends are. Oh, and there is an AI toilet, so that’s a thing. The ending left the story open for more books in the series, which makes me happy. Highly recommended for grades 6+. It is out 5.5.20, so be sure to pre-order from your favorite indie bookstore. And get the first one while you’re at it. You will not be disappointed.
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  • FloeticFlo
    January 1, 1970
    This one hurts me. The first book was 5 stars for me. I adored it so much. But I started listening to this audiobook and at 3 1/2 hours into 11, I think I'm letting it go. It doesn't read as a story yet to me -- it just seems like long vignettes in the day of Sal. I'm not sure how far along into the book I am, and I think that the fact that I'm doing audio is having an effect on what the pacing feels like. But from the synopsis, I've only hit upon one scene, maybe two, related to the plot of the This one hurts me. The first book was 5 stars for me. I adored it so much. But I started listening to this audiobook and at 3 1/2 hours into 11, I think I'm letting it go. It doesn't read as a story yet to me -- it just seems like long vignettes in the day of Sal. I'm not sure how far along into the book I am, and I think that the fact that I'm doing audio is having an effect on what the pacing feels like. But from the synopsis, I've only hit upon one scene, maybe two, related to the plot of the story. I'm only at the afternoon of the first day presented in the story, because there have been lengthy scenes that kind of don't seem to connect? I mean, they do -- it's the same day. But it feels like "Short Story 1: The Scene at Sal's Front Door." "Short Story 2: Sal in the Bathroom." "Short Story 3: Yasmanny." Anyway, I think this is a duology, but I'm okay with just reading the first book, which was simply amazing.
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  • Chris
    January 1, 1970
    Once again, Carlos Hernandez drops us into a zany world of Culeco to continue the adventures of Sal and Gabi. What struck me most are the deep, beautiful exchanges and sentiments that aren't preachy or heavy-handed. Friendship, love, mourning, empathy, and so many more emotions are explored alongside a plot that hums along steadily. Hope and love pour from the pages like food from a Cuban kitchen.In short, one of the finest middle-grade series out there, and one I recommend wholeheartedly to par Once again, Carlos Hernandez drops us into a zany world of Culeco to continue the adventures of Sal and Gabi. What struck me most are the deep, beautiful exchanges and sentiments that aren't preachy or heavy-handed. Friendship, love, mourning, empathy, and so many more emotions are explored alongside a plot that hums along steadily. Hope and love pour from the pages like food from a Cuban kitchen.In short, one of the finest middle-grade series out there, and one I recommend wholeheartedly to parents everywhere!
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  • Leonard Kim
    January 1, 1970
    "My dudes, people make art because they want you to learn what life feels like to them." Hernandez is an artist, even when one character calls another, "a jar of farts." Later in the book, Sal's explanation of the purpose of life is as good as any I know.
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  • Sophrosyne
    January 1, 1970
    I want more of the multiverse!!!!! Was better than the first one.
  • Heather
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s why I love Sal and Gabi. Yes, it’s a quirky sci-fi-ish book about the multiverse. But really this is a disguise for the true heart of the book. This book is really about friendship, love, family, grief, and how humans should treat one another. It’s about second chances, being able to admit to your wrong doings, about forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and inclusion. It’s about knowing people can change. Knowing our friends and family will make mistakes. They will hurt us. And we will still Here’s why I love Sal and Gabi. Yes, it’s a quirky sci-fi-ish book about the multiverse. But really this is a disguise for the true heart of the book. This book is really about friendship, love, family, grief, and how humans should treat one another. It’s about second chances, being able to admit to your wrong doings, about forgiveness, compassion, empathy, and inclusion. It’s about knowing people can change. Knowing our friends and family will make mistakes. They will hurt us. And we will still love them. And we will move forward, together. I love every single character (AI included). Thank you Carlos. Please. Continue. I already miss Sal, Gabi, and every single other character.And...I LOVE the narrator, Anthony Rey Perez! You deserve an Audi Award for your narration of these two books!!!
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  • Kailey
    January 1, 1970
    I was provided a NetGalley E-Arc after participating in a Middle Grades Webinar."And I'll warn you now, the grief doesn't go away. It has a dark side. Grief can rot your ability to love, and see beauty, and do good work in the world... The trick is to hold the ones you've lost close to your heart, while still loving all the beautiful things, and other people"This book ♥️♥️♥️♥️. I was in love with this book in the first chapter. Sal's narrating voice is honestly my favorite of ANY book. He is ver I was provided a NetGalley E-Arc after participating in a Middle Grades Webinar."And I'll warn you now, the grief doesn't go away. It has a dark side. Grief can rot your ability to love, and see beauty, and do good work in the world... The trick is to hold the ones you've lost close to your heart, while still loving all the beautiful things, and other people"This book ♥️♥️♥️♥️. I was in love with this book in the first chapter. Sal's narrating voice is honestly my favorite of ANY book. He is very upbeat and funny even though he constantly deals with his diabetes and grief. He genuinely cares about people and is constantly trying to do good while also creating hilariously ridiculous situations.Carlos Hernandez does a fantastic job of weaving humor and pop culture references through out the book without seeming forced. Honestly some of the references had me screaming with joy. I live on internet memes & the whole thing made me very happy. Its a good light hearted read needed in these unsure times. Surprisingly, this book also has some lovely touching moments that really made me tear up. And there is an over arching themes of counting on others, keeping hope, and moving pass grief.In conclusion: I loved this book. I have been waiting a year for it and man it was worth it. Everyone should be HYPED for it. And hey, Carlos Hernandez if you write more adventures with Sal & Gabi I will read each and every one of them.
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  • Kakapo
    January 1, 1970
    After reading this book, I was left feeling full of good, warm, happy feelings, as well as a strong, almost tantalizing, desire for more. Please let this not be the last book in the series!!!!!! (Carlos, that's an order...)I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Last summer, when I read Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, even though I was REALLY SKEPTICAL SINCE THE COVER IS PINK, I had to admit that it was one of the best books I ever read. And almost certainly the funniest. And I was so excited for the sequel! And After reading this book, I was left feeling full of good, warm, happy feelings, as well as a strong, almost tantalizing, desire for more. Please let this not be the last book in the series!!!!!! (Carlos, that's an order...)I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! Last summer, when I read Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, even though I was REALLY SKEPTICAL SINCE THE COVER IS PINK, I had to admit that it was one of the best books I ever read. And almost certainly the funniest. And I was so excited for the sequel! And then: I started it. And I thought: "Oh god, he blew it. They rushed this to print, and now he just really lost it." Whereas the beginning of Sal and Gabi Break the Universe started off about sticking dead chickens in bullies lockers and was humorous from the start... this book started with Sal... waking up. Which in the words of Aru Shah is quote on quote: "super annoying", and I'm inclined to agree. BUT, I pushed on through and was rewarded about halfway through the 3rd chapter. (Thankfully, that's not too many pages." Enter Gabi, and the ball gets rolling. This book was a riot of fun! Carlos, know that you are making the difference in the lives of children all throughout the world... by allowing them to spend otherwise boring afternoons laughing their heads off. THANK YOU! Hardly a dull sentence was printed! I loved the COLORFUL, witty and brilliant characters, wacky Culeco, Gabi's dads, just about everything! I mean, Sal's English teacher. My dudes, *wink* that's just funny. All of the teachers are amazing! And Principals! And custodians! And the toilets! Man, I never thought I would say this, but I now have a favorite toilet book character. (Where has the world gone to?...)All of the wacky, craziness and hilariousness you could possibly dream of! ANNNDD an Aru Shah and the End of Time reference!!!!! (Me: YES!!! YES!!! YES!!! More please!!! Actually, more book references from random series! I want to test my knowledge!) The only thing I didn't really like is that, unlike in Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, Sal and his father, Gustavo, are less close. Or maybe its our opinion of Gustavo is tainted a little bit (if unfairly). Anyway, I was not as fond of Gustavo as I was in the first book. But that's fine. ANYWAY, (boy, since I'm using all caps in lieu of italics, I'm just realizing that I talk a lot like Mrs. Waked) this is an amazing, 5-star book. I rarely write reviews, unless that the book is so amazing it would be an insult and disrespectful towards it not to publicly rant about how amazing it is! TOTALLY WORTH READING!!! And it's (or at least on my phone's digital version) like 700 pages long! YES! I used to be intimidated by large books... but now I know it just means all the more entertain me! And, as I will reiterate from my first review from Sal and Gabi Break the Universe: ....yes.... it's pink. And purple. And pretty much any color that can be made neon. I was actually a bit embarrassed to read the book in public because... it's so colorful. (Come on! If I'm going to be laughing my head off at something... at least make the book's cover seem cool? Why do they do that anyway? Boys can totally read this too! THE MAIN CHARACTER IS A GUY, HELLO.) However, DO NOT BE DISCOURAGED!!! If all Juvenile Fiction/Teens books were categorized by luminosity (amazing content-ness) and size (popularity) like stars are, then the Harry Potter Series is Deneb, the old classics Betelgeuse, the ordinary, slightly dull books apart of the main sequence, then this series is a small blue/white star- brilliant, but underappreciated (in my opinion). The entire world should know about this book! It's just amazing...
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  • Brittney Tyler
    January 1, 1970
    Star Rating: 4 starsNote: This is the 2nd and final book in the Sal and Gabi dualogy so this will not be an in-depth review.After loving the 1st book in this dualogy, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, I was very excited to read book 2, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe. Although it did have some slight problems which caused me to knock it down a star, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This volume tells the ending of Sal and Gabi and their myriad group of friends’ story as they try to recover and move on Star Rating: 4 starsNote: This is the 2nd and final book in the Sal and Gabi dualogy so this will not be an in-depth review.After loving the 1st book in this dualogy, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, I was very excited to read book 2, Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe. Although it did have some slight problems which caused me to knock it down a star, I still thoroughly enjoyed it. This volume tells the ending of Sal and Gabi and their myriad group of friends’ story as they try to recover and move on from the escapades of the 1st book. The best thing about this book is the topics it introduces its young readers to. For instance, characters are allowed to express themselves in whatever way feels comfortable to them, and if people judge them for it, they get called out. There are conversions about not assuming anything about another person without asking- what someone’s pronouns are, what their personal boundaries may be (Gabi asks Sal if he feels comfortable being hugged or touched before she does so), and when you are viewing someone’s else work (be it art, literature, or some other form of expression), you should research or ask to see what may have influenced their work before you make an opinion on it (Be an informed viewer so that you don’t cause accidental offense!!!). Not only did I love that these issues/concerns were being addressed, but that they were handled with finesse. Characters, especially adults, showed us how to be good, open-minded, world-aware human beings through their actions and reactions, allowing the readers to see why they should act a certain way, without accusing them of acting wrong in the past. Speaking of issues, this book dealt with some heavy but important ones. For instance, one of the characters has lost someone very important to them and has to come to terms with their grief over the course of this series and this book in particular. There are also two characters who are dealing with chronic illness and we see their struggles brought to life on the page. (Sal has type one diabetes and I have to say, as a type one diabetic myself, the representation was spot on.) Since this book features a largely Hispanic cast, immigration come up, although it isn’t at the forefront like some of these other issues (Gabi has multiple “dads” and although it is never stated on the page, I think her mom is assisting them with their immigration process and providing a safe place for them to learn and adapt to their new country.) Finally, one of the characters in this book is suffering from major abuse/neglect and readers get to see how this affects this individual, leaving physical, mental, and emotional scars, and how they recover from it. The only thing that brought this book down for me was the whole FixGabi/Sisterverse storyline. It wasn’t necessary to the plot for that storyline to be in there and as a result, it just felt like it was thrown in to create conflict/drama. This book/series is very character-driven and in my opinion, that was its strong suit. It didn’t need FIxGabi or the Sisterverse to accomplish what it was trying to do, and that is why I took a star off. If this book sounds interesting to you at all, then I highly suggest you read it. It is one of my favorites to come from the Rick Riordan imprint so far. 4 stars!!!!!
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  • Kristina | kristinaandthebooks
    January 1, 1970
    This middle-grade sequel picks up right where Sal and Gabi Break the Universe ends. Sal’s papi, Dr. Vidon is a calamity physicist working to repair the damage to the multiverse (multiple universes) perpetrated by Sal and Gabi. This novel continues so much of what Hernandez brilliantly included in the first book. Sal’s grief over the loss of his mother continues to be tackled in a beautiful, meaningful way. Sal has diabetes, which is depicted as a daily part of his life without judgement and disc This middle-grade sequel picks up right where Sal and Gabi Break the Universe ends. Sal’s papi, Dr. Vidon is a calamity physicist working to repair the damage to the multiverse (multiple universes) perpetrated by Sal and Gabi. This novel continues so much of what Hernandez brilliantly included in the first book. Sal’s grief over the loss of his mother continues to be tackled in a beautiful, meaningful way. Sal has diabetes, which is depicted as a daily part of his life without judgement and discussed with medical accuracy. The characters, for the most part, are Cuban American and their culture is woven into the pages of this book so well. There are plenty of points where the characters slip into speaking Spanish- but don’t worry, most of it is translated. Sal and Gabi attend an artistic magnet school where nothing is off limits. The students are tackling a play of Alice in Wonderland and this classic story is subtly referenced throughout the book. Sal and Gabi continue to find themselves exploring the multiverse, with Sal’s magic tricks still prevalent. Their friend Yasmany continues to play a role, showing how friendships can blossom through kindness. He has a troubled home life and is involved with Child Protective Services. As a former child welfare worker, his feelings about his situation are accurately portrayed without being turned into a major plot point. There is also humor interspersed throughout the book. Although aimed at a middle grade audience, I found myself laughing along with the characters at many points. Hernandez also often has the characters break the 4th wall and directly address the reader, which I found to be a fun addition. I adore the Rick Riordan imprint and need no persuasion to pick up any of the titles from the many series it is publishing. I also adored the first book in this series, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe and rated it an easy five stars. Unlike the Percy Jackson-esque formula I’ve come to expect from anything attached to Riordan, this series is a science fiction, dimension bending wild ride! The featured fringe physics includes parallel universes, multiple timelines, and parallel individuals- all presented in an accessible way. There are also sentient machines, an AI scientist and even an AI toilet (would it be a good middle grade novel without some bathroom humor?). I love this series and am so excited for the next book! I was selfishly sad when this was looking to be a duology, but the end of the third epilogue leaves the door wide open for book three. And oh my goodness that ending! I was not expecting the twist and cannot wait for the continuation of this series!A huge thank you to Netgalley for providing an ebook of this title for review, all opinions are my own.
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  • Cynthia Parkhill
    January 1, 1970
    Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, while an entertaining sequel, also has a lot to recommend in its own right as a story.You'll recall that Sal Vidón, one of the titular characters, is able to pull objects through from other parallel worlds. In this follow-up adventure, he and Gabi Reál must contend with another version of Gabi from another world in the multiverse. She's gone from world to world, "saving" the Sal in each of these worlds from his father, Gustavo Vidón - who in every world is a calami Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, while an entertaining sequel, also has a lot to recommend in its own right as a story.You'll recall that Sal Vidón, one of the titular characters, is able to pull objects through from other parallel worlds. In this follow-up adventure, he and Gabi Reál must contend with another version of Gabi from another world in the multiverse. She's gone from world to world, "saving" the Sal in each of these worlds from his father, Gustavo Vidón - who in every world is a calamity physicist trying to close-up all the holes that Sal has made between worlds. The series is particularly enjoyable for its cast of rich characters and details: of how Gabi's family encompasses many people all recognized as her "dads." Sometimes this honor crosses gender, and even crosses species boundary; a large friendly cat, sort of in shared custody between the Reál family in two different worlds, has the honorific, "Meow-dad." One of the story's most touching scenes concerns the building of a house in the Reál family's tiny-home village for the newest addition among her "daddies."Another enjoyable touch concerns the unique personalities of various A.I. machines.I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley and, while I understand that a pre-publication copy might need further editing, I was surprised at how often the beginnings of sentences, and the first letter of characters' names, were rendered in lowercase. One or two instances wouldn't have been worth commenting, but this went on throughout the book - and I had to wonder how and why the manuscript turned out this way.Altogether, I think this book will be an enjoyable addition to young readers' collections in libraries.
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  • Eileen
    January 1, 1970
    Aw man, I liked this one even more than the first one! The main difference is that I read this one, while I listened to the other. And while the narrator did an excellent job with the first one, my Spanish is just not good enough for me to follow all the Spanish sentences that were incorporated into the story. While I could usually figure out the meaning from context, it was much easier with this one for me read the sentences carefully and parse out the meaning, or look up the sentences on Googl Aw man, I liked this one even more than the first one! The main difference is that I read this one, while I listened to the other. And while the narrator did an excellent job with the first one, my Spanish is just not good enough for me to follow all the Spanish sentences that were incorporated into the story. While I could usually figure out the meaning from context, it was much easier with this one for me read the sentences carefully and parse out the meaning, or look up the sentences on Google translate when I couldn't quite figure it out. This story was a lot of fun and basically picked up where the other one left off, although the last one did not leave you hanging. It just continues the story. In this one, Sal's dad builds a rembranator, in an effort to patch the holes that Sal was creating in the previous book, but that results in all sorts of unforeseen effects. I really enjoy the author's combination of humor and science fiction in weaving a tale that middle school kids can really get drawn into. And his imagination of Culeco is wonderful! I seriously would love to visit a school like that! I love all the characters he includes in this chaos, especially the Real family and all the various dads. What he did with Yasmany totally made me tear up, and the various AI characters (Sweeps and Voragine in particular, but also Bonita and Brana) cracked me up. While some of the humor is low-brow and middle schoolish, and definitely punny, I really enjoyed it. I can see this being perfect for some of my students! I will definitely be recommending this to some of them.Thanks to #CarlosHernandez for another great book, and to #NetGalley, #RickRiordan, and #DisneyBookGroup for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jessica Rempel (one.book.at.a.time)
    January 1, 1970
    4/5⭐️ For Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez!Firstly, thank you to NetGalley and Disney Books for early access to the ebook!Although I did not like this book quite as much as Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, it was still so much fun to read, and I loved the amount of action we got in this sequel! I can really see middle-schoolers totally eating this one up with more multi-verse shenanigans and (family friendly) “toilet talk”. Plus, during the book Sal & Gabi’s school is putting on a p 4/5⭐️ For Sal & Gabi Fix the Universe by Carlos Hernandez!Firstly, thank you to NetGalley and Disney Books for early access to the ebook!Although I did not like this book quite as much as Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, it was still so much fun to read, and I loved the amount of action we got in this sequel! I can really see middle-schoolers totally eating this one up with more multi-verse shenanigans and (family friendly) “toilet talk”. Plus, during the book Sal & Gabi’s school is putting on a production of their own version of Alice in Wonderland, and I loved their take on it and the descriptions of the costumes & sets! The combination of the kids, teachers, events and other non-human characters makes this one of my favourite fictional schools!Like the first book, we have a lot of good dialogue on the issues of disabilities (Sal has diabetes), bullying, friendship, and family (both blood and found family). We also got some very interesting events & characters that call into question the meaning of good vs evil, and if/when people should be considered good or evil and about second chances.Finally, the multiverse is danger again, and Sal, Gabi et. al must figure out how to save not only their universe, but that of other Gabi and Sals. This action/storyline in the book had some of my favourite scenes, but I won’t go into details to avoid giving away any spoilers.If you love a good middle grade story with magic, friends, and travel between universes, first go check out Sal & Gabi Break the Universe. Then you can dive into this book when it comes out May 5th, 2020!
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  • Laura Gardner
    January 1, 1970
    🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I love the Sal and Gabi series!!!! Book 2 did NOT disappoint. @writeteachplay is a comic genius 👏🏻 😂 ...Reasons why Sal & Gabi is worth your time:1. Culeco Academy is my dream school -- full of ultra creative kids, an administration with compassion, and a smart toilet named Voragine made by the best custodian character in all of fiction, Mr. Milagros2. A.I. machines that tell jokes, become sentient, and even fall in love! 💕 3. Gabi and her seven dads (my favorite is Dada-dada-dada-dada Dadm 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟I love the Sal and Gabi series!!!! Book 2 did NOT disappoint. @writeteachplay is a comic genius 👏🏻 😂 ...Reasons why Sal & Gabi is worth your time:1. Culeco Academy is my dream school -- full of ultra creative kids, an administration with compassion, and a smart toilet named Voragine made by the best custodian character in all of fiction, Mr. Milagros2. A.I. machines that tell jokes, become sentient, and even fall in love! 💕 3. Gabi and her seven dads (my favorite is Dada-dada-dada-dada Dadman!)4. Gabi, Sal, and Yasmany's friendship 💜5. The absolute best representations of a character with chronic diabetes in middle grade literature. ...Swipe to see the inside cover to see the synopsis. A Gabi from another universe!? ...I actually had a copy of this book a few weeks before release day, but waited to read it because the narration by #AnthonyReyPerez is SO GOOD and I wanted to listen to the audiobook on @sorareadingapp. Listening to this series really makes the experience for me. ...#middleschoollibrarian #middleschoollibrary #library #librarian #futurereadylibs #iteachlibrary #bookstagrammer #bookstagram #librariesofinstagram #librariansofinstagram #librariesfollowlibraries #librarylife #librarianlife #schoollibrarian #middlegrade #middlegradebooks #iteach #librarylove #booksbooksbooks #amreading #bibliophile #schoollibrariansrock #bookreview #bookrecommendation #igreads #malibrary #msla #mediaspecialist
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    This book was received as and ARC in exchange for an honest review.How can a book get even better than the first? Usually sequels can drag, but this was a ride from start to finish. I love the idea of Rompenoche so much, and the Wonderland-esque setting was a perfect companion to the actual events in the story. I'm also glad that actual communication happened (view spoiler)[at least closer to the end (hide spoiler)]. Most of these kinds of books don't emphasize that communication is healthy and This book was received as and ARC in exchange for an honest review.How can a book get even better than the first? Usually sequels can drag, but this was a ride from start to finish. I love the idea of Rompenoche so much, and the Wonderland-esque setting was a perfect companion to the actual events in the story. I'm also glad that actual communication happened (view spoiler)[at least closer to the end (hide spoiler)]. Most of these kinds of books don't emphasize that communication is healthy and necessary and it's an important lesson that was extremely necessary here.The characters are relatively the same as they were in the previous book, unsurprising considering it's only been a few weeks tops since the end of the last one to the beginning of this one. They're still endearing, and honestly I had a lot of fun. The Sisterhood was something I absolutely wasn't expecting and it's so good. I hope there's a third book figuring out what was going on with (view spoiler)[FixGabi because she deserves it (hide spoiler)].The one thing that felt extremely off from me vs the first one, though, was the humour. Toilet jokes and puke humour is so boring nowadays, especially for the audience they're trying to hit. There's a reason none of that flew in pretty much any other novel from the line, and it feels clunky and outdated here. It's 2020, we can get better jokes.
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  • Sarah Cannon
    January 1, 1970
    This is the 2nd book in the series. I'm not sure, but I think I may have liked it better than the first. It's definitely Sci Fi. Most Rick Riordan Presents books have the basic plot line of "You may think the world is all scientific, but really it's full of myths and magic." The Sal and Gabi books are more like "You may think the world is full of witchcraft and magic, but really it's inter-dimensional slight of hand." Sal has the ability to "borrow" things (and sometimes people) from alternate u This is the 2nd book in the series. I'm not sure, but I think I may have liked it better than the first. It's definitely Sci Fi. Most Rick Riordan Presents books have the basic plot line of "You may think the world is all scientific, but really it's full of myths and magic." The Sal and Gabi books are more like "You may think the world is full of witchcraft and magic, but really it's inter-dimensional slight of hand." Sal has the ability to "borrow" things (and sometimes people) from alternate universes. In book 1, he teaches Gabi a little bit how to do this too. Sal's dad is worried, though, that this will cause holes to ripe open the universe and destroy everything. So Sal's dad has been trying to find a way to make the barrier between universes impenetrable. Just after he makes a break through, a Gabi from another universe starts visiting Sal. She warns him that closing all the holes in the multiverse will cause the barrier between worlds to completely break apart. In her universe, this has happened and all of Cuba and part of Florida have already been destroyed.It becomes clear before too long that this other Gabi is trying to destroy the multiverse, so Sal and his Gabi enlist the aid of other Gabis to stop her. Of course they are trying to do this while reworking the school play that is due to be preformed in a week.
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  • Beth Mendelsohn
    January 1, 1970
    I received this e-ARC from NetGalley and Disney in exchange for an honest review.Sal and Gabi are back! This sequel picks up shortly after the events of the first book, saving Gabi’s baby brother Iggy by connecting him to an Iggy in another universe. Sal’s father has finished the remembranation machine (now dubbed Brana by Sal) designed to close the holes Sal is making to the other universes. Unfortunately, in one of those universes, Brana has made things worse and the Gabi from there is crossin I received this e-ARC from NetGalley and Disney in exchange for an honest review.Sal and Gabi are back! This sequel picks up shortly after the events of the first book, saving Gabi’s baby brother Iggy by connecting him to an Iggy in another universe. Sal’s father has finished the remembranation machine (now dubbed Brana by Sal) designed to close the holes Sal is making to the other universes. Unfortunately, in one of those universes, Brana has made things worse and the Gabi from there is crossing all the universes to “fix” things. It’s up to our San and Gabi to stop the other Gabi while putting on an interactive performance of Alice in Wonderland for parent-teacher conferences. This sequel is very entertaining but has a lot of “extra” stuff going on. For example, we get to see Gabi’s home with her entire family, including her 7 dads; lots of details about the upcoming performance. Reading this on my Kindle after spending my social-distancing days looking at another screen might have made it difficult for me to concentrate on this book. However, I did enjoy this book and I can’t wait for our library to reopen so kids can get to read it. Also, Carlos Hernandez has a nice shout-out to another character in the Rick Riordan Presents universe (I won’t say who – read it and find out!) Very cool! Will Sal and Gabi be back for a third go-around? I wouldn’t be surprised!
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  • Anita
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second installment of the Sal and Gabi series by Carlos Hernandez. The story resumes three weeks after Sal and Gabi managed to save the life of Iggy, Gabi's baby brother by tearing a whole in the space-time continuum. A rogue Gabi is now on the loose, jumping into different universes trying to stop Sal's physicist dad from sealing up all the holes that Sal had created by accidentally bringing back versions his deceased mother. Carlos Hernandez ups the ante in writing sizzling prose t This is the second installment of the Sal and Gabi series by Carlos Hernandez. The story resumes three weeks after Sal and Gabi managed to save the life of Iggy, Gabi's baby brother by tearing a whole in the space-time continuum. A rogue Gabi is now on the loose, jumping into different universes trying to stop Sal's physicist dad from sealing up all the holes that Sal had created by accidentally bringing back versions his deceased mother. Carlos Hernandez ups the ante in writing sizzling prose that stimulates all five senses while spinning a fantastical yarn that will have kids hanging on every word. How do I know this? Many of my tutoring students devoured the first book and this one is even better. Confession: I read the first chapter to one of my students and the response was silence followed by the request (read polite demand) that this is at the top of the list when published.Creative writing teachers take note of kid-oriented figurative language such as when characters "Scooby walk" rather than sneak past the adults. There is not a wasted word. Thanks to NetGalley and Disney for lending me this digital ARC. This is definitely on my To Buy list.
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  • Mikyla Meyer
    January 1, 1970
    Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe brings even more shenanigans. We get to meet more Artificial Intelligences, more people from parallel universes, and even introduces some more interdimensional travel. But it’s also focused on Sal’s life at school and the upcoming parent/teacher night. You finally get to see Gabi’s home, with all the Gabi Dad’s, and his would be bully Yasmany from book one has gone from friend to confidant and almost brother. Meanwhile Fixgabi is trying to break even more holes in t Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe brings even more shenanigans. We get to meet more Artificial Intelligences, more people from parallel universes, and even introduces some more interdimensional travel. But it’s also focused on Sal’s life at school and the upcoming parent/teacher night. You finally get to see Gabi’s home, with all the Gabi Dad’s, and his would be bully Yasmany from book one has gone from friend to confidant and almost brother. Meanwhile Fixgabi is trying to break even more holes in the universe. Confused? That’s fair, there is a lot going on all the time in this book, but it is a riotously fun adventure sure to amuse all who give it a try. It also doesn’t fall into the annoying incompetent adult tropes that so many middle grade works of imaginative fiction do. This book is even more chaotic than the first one, but still so much fun. Besides, of course there would be lots going on in a book about parallel worlds. My only real issue was the e ARC I received was the most horribly formatted thing I've ever seen, with punctuation and capitalization all over the place, so it was a little distracting to read. I'm sure the real book won't have those issues though!
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  • Pam
    January 1, 1970
    I received an electronic ARC from Disney Book Group through NetGalley.Hernandez brings us back to Culeco to see what Sal and Gabi are up to after saving Iggy and "breaking" barriers in the multiverse. Now Sal's Papi has created a machine that will seal up all holes between the universes. He's determined to prevent Sal from continuing to see Mami's in other worlds. This balances against a Gabi in another world that has been destroyed by the Gustavo in that universe so she is trying to completely I received an electronic ARC from Disney Book Group through NetGalley.Hernandez brings us back to Culeco to see what Sal and Gabi are up to after saving Iggy and "breaking" barriers in the multiverse. Now Sal's Papi has created a machine that will seal up all holes between the universes. He's determined to prevent Sal from continuing to see Mami's in other worlds. This balances against a Gabi in another world that has been destroyed by the Gustavo in that universe so she is trying to completely destroy the membrane among the universes. Sal and Gabi are caught in the middle trying to get ready for a full theater experience for parent-teacher conferences. Culeco is putting on a full production of Alice in Wonderland for the families. Conflicts and last minute changes abound to create humorous situations throughout.Middle grade readers will enjoy the wild ride through this fantasy adventure. Definite hint of a third book to come in the very last sentence.The story begins slowly and wanders heavily into excessive details but rights itself and moves forward with action and story hooks to pull the reader in.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I started reading this book before I realized it was book 2 in a series. I was so taken with the initial chapter, and also so confused about what was going on, that I stopped reading it and promptly read book 1, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe. I really enjoyed it and was all ready to dive back into Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, so I read it and was a little let down.You definitely need to read book 1 in order to understand book 2. It's a plus if you understand some Spanish, because there are l I started reading this book before I realized it was book 2 in a series. I was so taken with the initial chapter, and also so confused about what was going on, that I stopped reading it and promptly read book 1, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe. I really enjoyed it and was all ready to dive back into Sal and Gabi Fix the Universe, so I read it and was a little let down.You definitely need to read book 1 in order to understand book 2. It's a plus if you understand some Spanish, because there are lines of dialogue that are not translated and sometimes the author didn't offer any comprehension clues. There are a few terms I could have done without in both books - calling someone (or yourself) 'a sandwich,' for example. It got a little distracting and didn't add to the story.This story seemed to take a long time to get off the ground, and by the time it did, you could see the ending coming a mile away. I still like the characters and I'm so glad that diverse characters are being represented. I just wish this book had a little more going for it.My thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review.
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