The Boy Who Crashed to Earth (Hilo #1)

by Judd Winick (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: Hilo

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.

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 occasionally mutant space robot). 

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Kirkus Reviews

Starred Review
A wholeheartedly weird and wonderful tale of friendship, acceptance, and robots.

Publishers Weekly

While D.J. Lim's friends and family are all "awesome at something," the 10-year-old sees himself as average and boring. That's until Hilo, a boy with superpowers, crash lands on planet Earth, making D.J.'s life anything but dull. Although Hilo can fly and shoot lasers from his hands, he's clueless when it comes to normal things like food and clothing, forcing D.J. to look after the shaggy-haired dynamo like he would a puppy. Hilo can't recall where he came from, but his memories slowly return as he, D.J., and D.J.'s friend Gina contend with giant robotic insects that herald something more sinister. Winick keeps the action flowing while giving his characters authentic motivations and including numerous jokes and recurring gags (Hilo's favorite human greeting is the terrified "Aaahh!" he and D.J. exchanged when they met). Though Winick's comic-strip lookalike cartoons are a tad generic, he creates a rousing adventure with a diverse cast (D.J.'s family is of Asian descent, while Gina's is African-American), and a cliffhanger ending should leave readers anticipating the next book, due in spring 2016. Ages 8-12. Agent: Jodi Reamer, Writers House. (Sept.)

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School Library Journal

Starred Review

Gr 2-5--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--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.--Paula Huddy, The Blake School-Highcroft Campus, Wayzata, MN

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Review quotes

"This is lively and entertaining adventure with enough risk to give it heft and plenty of solid friendship to keep readers buoyed... Lush, bright colors and a freewheeling approach to panels create an immersive environment: it's clear that this is art, and it's also clear that the art is running the show, not the panels or even the words. Readers will likely find it a tough wait for the next volume to come along."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books starred review

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

I’m in fourth grade and love this series

Gina, D.J, and Hilo are hiloaraus

Judd Winick
Judd Winick is the creator of the beloved New York Times bestselling Hilo series. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and their two kids. Judd has written bestselling comic book series, has appeared as a cast member on MTV's The Real World: San Francisco, and is the author of the acclaimed graphic novel Pedro and Me, about his Real World friend AIDS activist Pedro Zamora. Judd is currently working on the next Hilo graphic novel!
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Random House Books for Young Readers
Publication date
September 20, 2015
BISAC categories
JUV039060 - Juvenile Fiction | Social Themes | Friendship
JUV001000 - Juvenile Fiction | Action & Adventure
JUV008010 - Juvenile Fiction | Comics & Graphic Novels | Manga
Library of Congress categories
Extraterrestrial beings
Graphic novels
Identity (Philosophical concept)
Science fiction comics
Comics (Graphic works)
Children's Choice Book Awards
5th-6th Grade Book of the Year 2016 - 2016
ILA-CBC Children's Choice
5th-6th Grade Reading List 2016 - 2016

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