The Book That Made Me: Nicola Davies 15/05/19
Hilo: The Boy Who Crashed to Earth
Daniel Jackson Lim, or DJ, doesn’t think he’s good at anything – his brothers and sisters are all busy being high achievers. The only thing he’s good at is being friends with his best friend Gina. But when Gina moves away, DJ doesn’t have anything that will make him special anymore. That is, until, one day, HILO crashes down to earth next to DJ’s house wearing only a pair of pretty outstanding silver underpants.
Who is this alien boy and why has he crash-landed in Berke County? And who is the threatening Razorwark that haunts HILO’s dreams?
Colourful, action-filled and laugh-out-loud funny, with plenty of burps, farts and catchphrases, HILO is the first in a bestselling US graphic novel series for younger readers now being published in the UK. It’s also a genuinely well-told, gripping sci-fi story that has all the requisite elements of disaster-filled home planets, superpowers and an evil nemesis that HILO, DJ and Gina must battle.