Graphic Novel of the Month Club!
This month we're reading:
Waking the Monsters (HiLo #4)
by Judd Winick
Every month we select a new title that you'll love! This month we’ll be reading “Waking the Monsters,” by Judd Winick.
DJ and Gina are TOTALLY ordinary kids. But Hilo isn't! Has Hilo finally met his match? Not if D.J. and Gina can help it! ALERT! ALERT! ALERT! Mega Robot Monsters are suddenly waking up all over and they're TOO BIG and TOO STRONG for Hilo to fight on his own! Luckily, he doesn't have to! He has GINA and some brand new SUPER POWERS on his side! Being heroes can be super fun - but it can also be SUPER dangerous! And the closer Hilo and Gina get to saving their world from the monsters - the closer Hilo gets to the dark secret of his past. Does he really want to know? Do WE?!
Books are selected for ages 8-18, and may contain some PG violence or language. Books will be on the YA Balcony when they're available!
This month's Author:
An intro to HiLo with the man Judd himself!
Before he was a popular cartoonist he was on The Real World!
His best friend on the show, Pedro Zamora, became an activist:
After Pedro died Judd wrote "Pedro and Me" about Pedro's life.
"You are eighteen years old. You get up in front of a thousand people--your classmates, your friends, basically the people who make up your entire existence--and announce, 'I'm HIV positive.'"
Told entirely in sequential art, here is the story of the life-changing friendship between the author, a cartoonist from Long Island, and Pedro Zamora, an HIV-positive AIDS activist, which was filmed day by day on MTV's Real World San Francisco.
As a speaker and educator, a guest on many talk shows (including Oprah), and when his tragic death received front-page coverage in the press, Pedro taught a generation that AIDS was not a punishment for moral defects or a mere killer that reduced humans to wraiths. Rather, he showed how those afflicted with the disease could live and love nobly with intelligence, humor and great humanity. Judd Winick's compelling memoir allows each of us to experience the vitally important message Pedro brought us.
Inspiring, moving, informative, and instantly accessible, Pedro and Me could become one of the books that defines a generation.