Book Tour: SAL AND GABI BREAK THE UNIVERSE–in Chicago and the NW Suburbs!

Carlos Hernandez will be in the Chicago area and the Northwest Suburbs the last week of June!


Monday June 24th

4 PM — 5 PM

Huntley Area Public Library

“Author of Sal & Gabi Break the Universe, will share a reading and autograph session. For ages 8 and up. Register beginning May 20.

Carlos Hernandez, author of the brand-new Disney Hyperion hit novel from Rick Riordan Presents, will be here sharing a reading and autograph session at our library while on his cross-country promotional tour. Sal and Gabi Break the Universe, is a science-fiction book described in reviews as charming, heartwarming, vibrant, inclusive and humorous with an authentic Cuban flavor.
For ages 8 and up.”

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Tuesday June 25th

6 PM — 7:30 PM

Fox River Valley Library — Dundee Location!

“Meet Carlos Hernandez, author of the new hit book, Sal and Gabi Break the Universe!  Recommended by favorite children’s author, Rick Riordan, Sal and Gabi are unique characters in an adventurous, science-fiction/fantasy story that celebrates Cuban-American culture.

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Thursday June 27th

1 PM–3 PM

Berwyn Public Library

Meet the author in person! Carlos Hernandez will be visiting our library to talk about this exciting tale of magic gone wrong!

Registration is required! Please sign up here, in person at the Youth Services desk, by calling 708-795-8000 x 3088.  

Follow Berwyn Library at @BerwynLibraryIl

Thursday June 27th

6:30 PM — 9 PM

Featured Reader at The No-Shush Salon

Oak Park Public Library Maze Branch

“Carlos Hernandez and C. S. E. Cooney will be featured readers at the No Shush Salon, a monthly Open Mic for all creative types who want to share their works-in-progress.

After the featured readers, we will have 10 minutes for anyone who wants to present their latest creative endeavor. Treats to share are awesome, but we will provide munchies. Spectators are welcome and appreciated!”

Click here to watch author Rick Riordan interview Carlos about Sal and Gabi!


How did a raw chicken get inside Yasmany’s locker? When Sal Vidón meets Gabi Reál 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.

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