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

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Book 2 of 7 in the Amulet Series

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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 was 24 years old and working full-time in the animation industry when he began developing the idea of doing "Flight," He began contacting his friends in the animation, comics, and graphic novel world to see if they would want to join the project. Little did he know that it would draw him into comics full-time. He now works from his home studio in Pasadena, California, creating and promoting "Flight" and his popular young adult comic "Daisy Kutter," which was nominated as an American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults -- the only graphic novel on the list in 2005.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 340 (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: GRAPHIX (September 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 043984682X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439846820
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.7 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #341,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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, and is the cover illustrator of the Harry Potter 15th Anniversary Edition paperbacks from Scholastic. 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 near Seattle, Washington with his wife and two children.

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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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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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I am a homeschooling mother with an interest in graphic books, both fiction and nonfiction, for adult or child readers. I just finished reading this book. My ten and thirteen year old sons also read this book and they wanted me to read it so I could enjoy the story too.

In this second book in the series, the adventure continues. Emily is a human girl on a hero's journey aided by her younger brother, which they thought was (just) to save their mother's life.

In this book the younger brother plays an important role in fulfilling their goal. This second book opens the story up to reveal a more complicated situation than we originally thought existed. Now it's not just about saving a loved one it's turning into saving the people in the world who are being dominated by an evil self-appointed ruler.

Will Emily accept the quest that endangers her life in order to save a civilization of people from a world she doesn't even really know?

Will she risk sacrificing herself for the cause?

This is a fantasy story involving magic powers. It started on Earth in the first book, and this second book takes place entirely in the other world, a mysterious land which looks wild and medieval in its natural state and filled with walking and talking animals and weird monsters, living "stuffed animals" and robots, but which has modern technology such as flying ships and a house that looks like a Transformer robot that walks and has a defense weaponry.

This book series has high quality full color illustrations which makes it more visually appealing than some other graphic books for children on the market. The pages are high quality glossy paper.
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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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