Gina, The Girl Who Broke the World – Judd Winick

  Gina, The Girl Who Broke the World (Hilo, Book 7) – Judd Winick, Color by Maarta Laiho, Random House, (9780525644095), 2021

Format: Hardcover graphic novel

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 5

Genre: Magic/Science fiction/Fantasy

What did you like about the book? Hilo has transformed from a robot into a real human boy and is enjoying every minute of it from eating to wearing Spider-man tights.  And he has retained many of his robot traits like understanding the language of aliens to knowing if your blood pressure is up.  Gina, meanwhile, is sad at the loss of Izzy as are Hilo and D.J.  Gina is the one with the magic though she is reluctant to use it as that is how they lost Izzy – but the appearance of monsters who are after the Nestor (what is the Nestor??) calls to all three of them along with little Lisa.  The action is non-stop as is the humor.  Illustrations are in vibrant full-color with the most imaginative of monsters and aliens.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Not a thing.

To whom would you recommend this book? All who have read the previous Hilo books will Have to have this one – which ends with a cliffhanger…

Who should buy this book? Public and elementary school libraries and all those reading the series.

Where would you shelve it? J graphic novels

Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  If you have read the other books in the Hilo series, this one is essential.

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Retired Librarian, Manager, Youth Services Book Review

Date of Review:  1/27/2021

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