|Gina, the girl who broke the world (Hilo)
Author: Winick, Judd
With the help of her friends DJ and Hilo, Gina protects magical beings who've just appeared on Earth from the creatures who are after them. In graphic novel format.
|Accelerated Reader Information:
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 2.40
Points: 1.0 Quiz: 510692
School Library Journal (12/01/21)
Full Text Reviews:
School Library Journal - 12/01/2021 Gr 3–6—In the seventh entry in the series (after All the Pieces Fit), Gina Cooper, D.J. Lim, and their alien robot friend Hilo recover from loss and face new threats on Earth. Grief over the death of their friend Izzy hits Gina hard and leads her to resist her new magical powers. When mysterious magic beings show up around town looking for "the Nestor," Gina must work through her fears, with help from Hilo, D.J., and others, to stop a cataclysmic event. The book expertly builds tension and balances action scenes with quiet character moments, aided by Winick's winsome, energetic cartoons. The focus on Gina allows for a meaningful exploration of identity and the message that kids should embrace all aspects of themselves. Readers will connect with the humor and camaraderie of this trio of friends. Gina and her family are Black, D.J. and his family are Asian, and Hilo is white. VERDICT An engaging, action-packed read that will resonate with new and dedicated readers of the series. - Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and/or School Library Journal used with permission.