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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

HiLo.The Great Big Boom, by Judd Winick. Random House, 2017. $18.99 ages 8 and up

HILO. That's my name.
And I'm D. J.!
And we're in

I love that this series of graphic novels moves from one to the other as a continuing story for fans, and seamlessly. At the end of HiLo: Saving the Whole World, Gina had been drawn through a portal. D. J. and HiLo are on a quest to get her back. It's not as easy as one might think. HiLo is in a fight to regain his memory while D. J. is struggling with facing his fears. He wants to help find Gina and bring her home, but can he? Getting through the portal does lead them to Gina. Now, the real work begins. Even staying together is a challenge. Getting back home seems almost impossible, but they haven't let that stop them in their other adventures.

HiLo is on the cusp of remembering what happened in his past, how he got to Earth in the first place ... and why? Their arrival on Oshun brings the friends in contact with warring nations. Flashbacks begin to piece together HiLo's past. He meets someone there who might help him remember it all. He is worried, but he moves forward with learning more. He is encouraged to do so by his friends.

Fans of the first graphic novels in this series are going to love this new one! The structure in the panels, the high drama elicited by bold fonts, and the familiar characters will draw them in to the mystery, magic, fast paced action, humor, new setting, superpowers and strong friendship! Who could ask for more than that? If the story is confusing to readers not familiar with HiLo, D. J. and Gina, hand them the first two ... they will soon be on their way to becoming fans themselves. And, they will be reading.

Hey! Judd Winick has plans for three more! All we have to do is sit and wait for the next. It can't come soon enough, can it?

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