Hilo

Hilo

Book 1, The Boy Who Crashed to Earth

Comic Book - 2017
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D.J. and his friend Gina are totally normal kids. Until a mysterious boy comes crashing down from the sky and nearly blows up their club house. Hilo 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 he's starting to think he might not be the only alien to have crash-landed on our planet. Can the trio unlock the secrets of his past? Can Hilo survive a day at school? And are D.J. and Gina ready to save the world?
Publisher: [London] :, Puffin Books,, 2017.
Copyright Date: ©2015.
ISBN: 9780141376929
Characteristics: 191 pages : chiefly colour illustrations ; 20 cm.
Additional Contributors: Major, Guy
Alternative Title: Boy who crashed to Earth.

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asansari
Jul 25, 2017

Daniel Jackson Lim or D.J. as he prefers to be called, is not into any kind of activities. With two older brothers and two younger sisters, he's the odd one out. But his life takes an interesting turn when he meets Hilo, a boy who fell from the sky. But whoops, Hilo wasn't the only thing that fell from the sky. Read about how Hilo and D.J.'s bond strengthens, how it breaks (and the occasional robot ant.)

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skyekilaen
Oct 27, 2016

Judging by this book's cover, I assumed that the blond kid in the center was the main character, and the two POC kids would basically be sidekicks. I was so tickled to be wrong. (Though the cover-as- marketing-tool's message could be discussed...) The main character of this book is actually D.J. Lim, the kid on the left. He's one of five kids, and - according to him - the only one of those five kids who doesn't excel at anything. The only thing he excelled at was being friends with Gina, the gal on the cover, before her family moved away three years ago.

Now Gina's family has moved back... right after D.J. found his new friend Hilo. Okay, he's kind of a friend. And by "found" I mean D.J. found him in a hole in the ground. With amnesia, wearing nothing but silver underwear. The events of the story may center around D.J. and Gina helping Hilo figure out who he is and where he came from, but it's quite clear to me that this is just as much D.J.'s story of self-discovery. He needs to update the picture of himself that he's been holding onto since Gina left. Meanwhile, there's a super-exciting superhero story going on, as Hilo struggles to recover his memory, and discovers his amazing abilities when the kids are attacked by robot bugs.

All in all, a very satisfying friendship and adventure story combined, about a diverse trio of kids who are all fantastic in their own way.

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