Books in the Park

suggestions from the Barbara S. Ponce Public Library at Pinellas Park

I Kill Giants by Joe Kelly and J.M. Ken Niimura

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i kill giants coverA wiry outcast who plays too much D&D and is continuously bullied, Barbara Thorson does not look like much. This world-weary elementary kid, however, is humanity’s last hope of defeating the invading forces of evil. As the titular giants insert themselves further and further into her everyday life, Barbara finds herself fighting her strongest foe yet. And as if her life was not stressful enough, she also has to contend with a new girl who wants to be her friend.

I Kill Giants is a beautiful story about grief and terminal illness. The best part about this story is that it never preaches. It is equal parts comedy, action, and drama, which keeps it from sagging with depression or feeling too glib. I Kill Giants is an excellent read for high schoolers and beyond.

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