The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

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Series: Hilo Vol. 1   

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Annotation: When a mysterious boy falls from the sky, friends D.J. and Gina must discover the secrets of his identity and help him save the world.
Catalog Number: #120130
Format: Perma-Bound Edition from Publisher's Hardcover
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Special Formats: Graphic Novel Graphic Novel
Common Core/STEAM: Common Core Common Core
Publisher: Random House
Copyright Date: 2015
Edition Date: 2015
Pages: 191 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: Publisher: 0-385-38617-6 Perma-Bound: 0-605-94257-9
ISBN 13: Publisher: 978-0-385-38617-3 Perma-Bound: 978-0-605-94257-8
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2014030736
Dimensions: 22 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
D. J. is the only ordinary person in his family. The one special thing about him was his friendship with Gina, but then she moved away. When a boy named Hilo mysteriously crashes to earth with no memory of who he is or where he came from, and gigantic alien monsters start attacking, D. J. finds his life becoming a lot more extraordinary. Winick, the celebrated creator of Pedro & Me (2000), turns his focus to kids' comics in this fun sci-fi adventure. There are somber bits J.'s feelings of inadequacy, Hilo's fractured memories of battle t, overall, the tone is cheerful and exciting. Readers will love the interactions between D. J. and Hilo, and all the running around after various monsters makes for a fast read that stays age-appropriate. The art is colorful and detailed, without being cluttered, and D. J.'s world is realistic, which makes the interactions with out-of-this-world Hilo all the more amusing. This is a great addition to graphic novel collections that should have a broad appeal.
School Library Journal Starred Review
Gr 2&11;5&12; Daniel Jackson Lim, aka DJ, is an ordinary boy in a family of overachievers. He meets Hilo, a robot boy who fell to Earth from space and doesn't know where he came from or what he is doing on this planet. DJ, along with his best friend, Gina, help Hilo unlock the secrets of his past and stop the destruction of the planet. The first installment in this graphic novel series is a fast-paced adventure that is beautifully illustrated in full color and aimed at readers who would love to have a superhero friend. Captivating, silly, tender, and, most importantly, funny, this title will be popular with all readers&12;from reluctant to avid. The strength of friendship and cooperation is a theme throughout. With a cliff-hanger ending, the book will have kids eager for the sequel. VERDICT Diverse characters, good friends, and humorous dialogue coupled with colorful illustrations and plenty of action make this a must-have for all children's graphic novel collections.&12; Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN
Word Count: 5,433
Reading Level: 2.3
Interest Level: 3-6
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 2.3 / points: 1.0 / quiz: 176196 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.5 / points:4.0 / quiz:Q66873
Lexile: GN460L
Guided Reading Level: O
Fountas & Pinnell: O

"An action-packed page turner with heart!"—Dav Pilkey, author of DOG MAN

Take off on an action packed adventure with HILO Book 1! Dog Manmeets Big Nate in this hilarious New York Times bestselling graphic novel series that kids love!

BOOM! CLANG! CRASH! D.J. and Gina are totally ordinary kids. But Hilo isn't! Hilo just fell out of the sky and doesn’t know where he came from, or what he’s doing on Earth. (Or why going to school in only your underwear is a BAD idea!) . . . But UH-OH, what if Hilo wasn’t the only thing to fall to our planet? Can the trio unlock the secrets of Hilo's past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? Find out in HILO-a laugh-out-loud, epic story of friendship! Adventure! (And the occasionaly mutant space robot).
Here's what people (and robots!) are saying about Hilo!
“More giant robotic ants and people going 'Aaaah!' than in the complete works of Jane Austen”—Neil Gaiman, bestselling author

“Every kid would love a pal like HILO, and every kid will love this book!” —Lincoln Peirce, bestselling author of the Big Nate series

"A perfect book for any kid who ever needed a friend and then had one with superpowers fall from space.” —Seth Meyers, actor, comedian and writer

"A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family."—The New York Times

"A Total BLAST." —Miami Herald

* "A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

* "A must-have."—School Library Journal, Starred Review

* "A must-have."School Library Journal, Starred Review

"A story that can be enjoyed by the entire family."The New York Times

"My students are obsessed with this series. OBSESSED!"—Colby Sharp, teacher, blogger, and co-founder of Nerdy Bookclub

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