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The Amulet #3: The Cloud Searchers Paperback – September 1, 2010


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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 380L (What's this?)
  • Series: Amulet (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (September 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545208858
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545208857
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.5 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,819 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Booklist

This third book in Kibuishi’s fantasy-epic Amulet graphic-novel series has the gaggle of heroes led by young Emily, the requisite prophecy fulfiller with unharnessed powers, searching for a fabled city in the clouds while dodging capture by evil elf overlords. Star Wars and Tolkien continue to loom large as influences, and the cinematically grand visuals of otherworldly scenery continue to be one of the series’ deftest draws. But plenty of action and complex characters (including a few who were bad guys not too long ago) will also satisfy. The series looks poised to settle into a nice long Bone-like run. Grades 4-7. --Ian Chipman

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New York Times Bestseller

"Five—no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked." — Jeff Smith, creator of BONE

"[The] action-packed adventure sequences move at an exciting clip . . . Part fantasy . . . and part manga, this volume has much to appeal to readers." — Booklist

"A richly drawn graphic-fantasy series following in the footsteps of BONE and a must for all fantasy fans." — Kirkus Reviews

"Stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing." — PW Comics Week


More About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the writer and artist of the New York Times Bestselling AMULET graphic novel series, published by Scholastic. He is also the editor/art director/cover artist of the EXPLORER and FLIGHT Comic Anthologies. His debut graphic novel, Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, won a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award.

Born in Tokyo, Japan, Kazu moved to the U.S. with his mother and brother when he was a child. He graduated from Film Studies at the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000, and moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. He currently works as a full-time graphic novelist. Kazu lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife, fellow author Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children, Juni and Sophie.

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This isn't just a novel with illustrations, the story really is told via both mediums.
E. Peck
Once you read the first book of the amulet series your going to have the urge to read the next book.
Madyson
I highly recommend this to anyone wanting to read a young reader's fantasy adventure graphic novel.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bryan Newman VINE VOICE on September 2, 2010
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My nine-year-old and I have been following this series since its start and the only thing we don't like is the wait between books.

The illustrations are fantastic. With each book, Kibuishi adds stunning visual elements. In book one, it was simply the introduction to this new world. Then in the second he added walking house and new animal-based characters. In this book he opens a whole new aerial world filled with airships, flying beasts and floating structures. The pictures just keep drawing you through the book, occasionally punctuated with arresting landscape spreads.

The story line is also perfect in several ways. Perhaps the most important is that there isn't anything offensive in the story. I feel perfectly safe handing these books to my kids, and yet the storyline is engaging for adults to enjoy, (even without gore, swearing, or sexual innuendo.) I'm not a prude, but it is nice that I can trust my kids won't come away with another four-letter word in their vocabulary.

The story is well paced with episodes of tension and peril. The story really draws you along page after page in something of a roller coaster ride. However there are a couple deeper levels that continue to haunt the storyline and help keep up a strong sense of suspense. All in all, a great storyline for a graphic novel series.

The Character development is also impressive, and for those who have read the first two books you will appreciate the development of relationships between characters. Especially intriguing is the growing suspicion and tension between the main character Emily and Prince Trellis (a former and perhaps current enemy) as well as a relationship between Emily and the amulet which is somewhat reminiscent of Frodo and the ring from the Lord of the rings.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Woopak VINE VOICE on January 21, 2011
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Please note that this review is coming from someone who had received an uncorrected proof and as such, I only have access to the version with the unfinished art. Only the first few pages (1-16) were in color while the rest was in black and white. But for me, it was still quite good and I saw enough to say that the art was well done. I'll be honest here, I'm not this graphic novel's target audience, but there is just something about the book that entertained and maybe even made me look for more.

Kazu Kibuishi is a Japanese author and illustrator best known for his work on the comic anthology "Flight" and he has written and drawn the "Amulet" series with a more adolescent reader in mind. "Amulet: The Cloud Searchers" is the third volume of the series (Stone keeper and Stone Keeper's Curse being the first two) and has been published by Scholastic. Kibuishi has written an enthralling tale of magic, curses, heroism and revelations.

Emily, Navin and their group of resistance fighters are on a quest to find the lost city of Cielis, the floating city that supposedly serves safe haven for the last remaining members of the guardian council. This council had governed Alledia in times past and this magical city may be the last key for survival. They manage to convince an eccentric pilot called Enzo to help them find the floating city and to help them avoid the perils of the journey. Meanwhile, Trellis, the son of the evil elf king has become a hunted prince. For his failures in capturing Emily and her band, Trellis and his companion, Luger is being pursued by a powerful hunter called Gabilan who has a way of neutralizing the magic of the stones. Oh, did I mention that Gabilan is also after Emily and her crew? Seems like old foes may need to band together to avoid annihilation....
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 10, 2012
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If you like action, adventure and comedy, these are the books you are looking for. These books are awesome. You rock!!!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By fredtownward VINE VOICE on October 16, 2010
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Recovered and reunited after their adventures in The Stonekeeper and The Stonekeeper's Curse, the Hayes Family, Silas Charnon's helper robots, and Leon Redbeard set out upon their next quest in the struggle to free Alledia from the Elf King: finding the lost city of Cielis, former capital when the five great Stonekeepers who comprised the Guardian Council ruled Alledia. Meanwhile, Trellis, traitorous son of the Elf King has found Luger much the worse for wear after his defeat by Emily and defied an order to return home and be executed, and the Elf King has hired Gabilan the Assassin, an elf with a giant chip on his shoulder to go along with his giant ambitions, to kill them all.

In this book Kazu Kibuishi temporarily sets aside his determination not to resemble anyone else in order to celebrate a couple of his early influences. The scene where an airship is hired is obviously inspired by the similar spaceship hiring scene in Star Wars Episode IV - A New Hope and the quest for Cielis is clearly Hayao Miyazaki's visionary Laputa or Castle in the Sky reimagined all the way down to nearly identical airships!

With this volume Kibuishi has finished assembling the cast who will be taking the next step in the saga:

Cielis itself.
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There's a long history of stories in which kids run off to have adventures, often in secondary fantasy worlds, but their parents have, up to now, been entirely absent from those adventures, for obvious reasons. (How can you benevolently rule the kingdom of the treetops and battle nightmare goblins if your mom keeps running after you, telling you to wipe your nose and wear your warm sweater?) Kazu Kibuishi, though, thinks he has a better idea, and Mom is a major character in this this "Amulet" book, not always for the best.

Mom was comatose for most of the first two books -- The Stonekeeper and The Stonekeeper's Curse -- which is a better metaphor for parents in a book mostly for young readers: something important that you have to drag around and keep safe, a burden as well as a valuable to be guarded. But she's awake and engaged from the beginning of THE CLOUD SEARCHERS -- in fact, on the first page of our heroes' story, she opens with typical Momish worry and concern for her kids, Emily and Navin. Emily can brush that off pretty easily -- she's older, and, more importantly, has bonded with a magical stone around her neck that makes her the most powerful and important person in their little group -- but Navin gets utterly mothered in this book, managing only one minor moment of competence amid many cries of how dangerous everything is.
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