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The Stonekeeper's Curse (Amulet, Book 2) Hardcover – September 1, 2009

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043984682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439846820
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,358,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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

About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the Flight Anthologies, a critically acclaimed comics series, as well as the creator of Daisy Kutter: The Last Train, a winner of the YALSA Best Books for Young Adults Award. He lives in Alhambra, California.

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It is the best comic book I've ever read.
I Highly recommend this book to anyone who has a child that does not normally like to read.
He loved the first book, Amulet, and couldn't wait to read the second one.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mel Odom VINE VOICE on January 3, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Stonekeeper's Curse is book two in Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series of graphic novels. I enjoyed the first book recently and decided to go ahead and pick up the second one. The story's pacing in the second novel is frenetic and moves quickly, introducing new characters and new geography almost with the turn of every page.

The story picks up where it left off in the last volume, with Emily and Navin staying one step ahead of the elves that are trying to catch them and use the Amulet for their own purposes. I still love the way the house has come to life and is walking from one place to another. The battle at the end reminded me a lot of the Japanese giant robot stories, but I love the house and hope they manage to hang onto it. But the way has gotten a lot tougher.

Emily is forced to learn a lot more about the amulet in this graphic novel, and what she learns isn't all good. Evidently the amulet wants to use the user even as much as Emily needs the powers it provides her. This type of relationship with weapons and powers has been explored several time throughout fantasy stories and remains a constant, but I like the way it's presented here, and I like Emily's innocence while facing it.

We also get to see a bit of Trellis character this time out that makes me want to believe he's going to come around to the good side before it's all over. Of course, he could also become an even worse threat than his father. I'm waiting to see how that develops.

One of the most interesting characters this time out is Leon Redbeard, who knows a lot about the amulet and isn't telling everything at this point.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Marco V. Gutierrez on September 6, 2009
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I loved Book 2 even more than Book 1. This second book in the series is jam packed with action and character development. In this book we meet a whole new set of fun and scary characters. Also, the action takes place in several settings which add great breadth to the story. The illustrations, including the lighting, are as good or better than the first. If you read and liked the first one you'll love this one. Before reading this one I read the first book again. It was wonderful to read them back to back. This is starting to feel like an epic Bone-like adventure. I'm not yet ready to put it in Bone's league (I wouldn't do that until the full series is complete) but it's definitely heading in the right direction. Great story for young and old. My only complaint is that I now have to wait for Book 3 and beyond.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Teen Reads on September 28, 2009
Format: Paperback
Kazu Kibuishi is a charming storyteller, the kind of creator who gives graphic novels for all ages a good name. That's not to overstate his impact; it's simply to give a sense of how warm and comfortable his books feel. You feel drawn to his characters, engrossed in the fantasy land they inhabit, and rooting for their cause. There's an element of danger throughout, never too intense but always there, and the sense that no character is really too safe.

We first met Emily and her brother Navin in THE STONEKEEPER. Emily is the stonekeeper, but there's no telling whether that is a positive or a negative. The stone has a mind of its own, and that mind is rather evil. But Emily has a pretty strong will of her own, so all bets are off --- although the power the stone offers is pretty alluring.

In this sequel, Emily and Navin are forced to split up. Their mother is in a coma and near death, and the only thing that will save her is the root of a tree that grows only atop the deadliest of mountains. No one has ever returned after embarking on a trip to the mountain. Emily is determined she will be the first. She has to be if her mother is to survive.

Navin is discovering his own destiny as a leader of an army in this strange land. Much of THE STONEKEEPER'S CURSE pays homage to previous epics (The Empire Strikes Back being one of them). The homages are easy to spot, but they don't overpower Kibuishi's story, which is grand in scale. This second book sets up the next with great aplomb, leaving a wide open door for a knockdown, drag-out battle. Players on the other side (including those who know firsthand the power and seduction of the stone) are mounting their attack, and much suspense is building over what is to come.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By T. Adlam TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 1, 2010
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If you haven't read The Stonekeeper (Amulet Vol. 1), this review will contain some mild spoilers.

Emily's problems only seem to be multiplying. She and Navin managed to rescue their mother with the help of their great-uncle Silas's creations, but their mother was poisoned and they must travel to a distant city in hopes of finding a cure. When she arrives, however, she learns that being a stone keeper is no small task. The disembodied voice that comes from the stone is trying to lure her to the dark side. There are people out to kill her, her brother, and her friends. Not only that, it's been predicted that she will kill the elf king and free everyone from his tyranny...but the only thing she wants to do is save her mother's life.

This installment of the Amulet series is as well crafted as the last one. The illustrations are excellent, the coloring is phenomenal and complements the scenes' moods perfectly, the writing is well done as is the editing, and this time around we get to see a bit more character development. In the first book, Emily and Navin's characters didn't seem fully formed, but as more of their destinies are revealed, they both come into their own.

The story also opens up more and it introduces an entirely new cast of characters and creatures and intense action. One aspect of the story, though, would be a stretch even for the truly young and imaginative. (Mentioning it would be a spoiler.) But overall, this was another winner and I look forward to seeing where the series takes me.
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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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