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Emily and the Spellstone Hardcover – June 13, 2017
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I did not read the description closely enough before picking this book to review.
So the evil / demons part caught me a bit off guard.
I almost gave up at times because of the dark realm parts of the book but I am so glad that I kept reading this story.
I will say for some kids it could be a bit much if they read this kind of book before they are ready.
Clearly a sign of good writing though that you can get so caught up in the story that it at times creeps you out due to the descriptions of the underworld that are in this book.
The story of what Emily is going through aside from the magical aspect of it is something that many kids can relate to.
Feelings of not fitting in at school and at times even at home.
She finds this stone and there is a demon trapped in the stone named Gorgo for short.
Ends up letting him out and the adventure they face as they try to keep the stone safe from someone even darker who wants the stone so he can take over and control everything around him.
It ends up being really interesting the bond between Gorgo and Emily almost sweet if you can say that about a demon.
Emily ends up needing more help to keep the stone away from the underworld and ends going to the school library which has a magical bookshelf with the "L"ibrarian who knows about the secrets of the other realms.
There is someone else who was in the library that day listening and watching and as a result Emily ends up making a friend and having someone else to help her along the way.
The story is so rich with language both real and made up fun words.
Will be an enjoyable read for kids in the 4th-7th grade range who are ready to handle some of the images it might give them with such creative wording.
Am so glad I read it to the end but now I just wonder....if there will be more adventures for Emily....
The story involves Emily moving and having to start all over — new school, making new friends, learning the social hierarchy of her peers, etc. In this sense, the tale is grounded in fears young readers can understand. The fantasy part, of course, is an opportunity for readers to live vicariously through Emily’s adventures.
When she finds the odd-looking stone with moving pictures — the Spellstone of the title — Emily’s life takes a fantastic turn, and kids will probably enjoy seeing the transformation this unusual object has on her and her friends and family.
One of the reasons I like the book is its use of words. While reading, kids will be building up their command of vocabulary. Some words in the book such as “perilous,” “icon,” “pummel,” “venomous,” “untoward,” “guffaw,” and “sconce,” may be unfamiliar to young readers, but in context it’s no problem figuring out their meaning. For the most part, the language is just right for the intended age group. Author Michael Rubens even incorporates the occasional slang word, like “comfy” and “smooshed.” And, of course, there are wonderful sounding fantastical names, too, which are great fun.
Emily is a likable, intelligent girl. Because she’s also a “regular kid,” readers can easily identify with her.
How will Emily find him? How will Emily keep her parents from knowing her brother is missing? Will she be able to get her spellstone and brother back?
This is a fun and delightful book to read even with a demon in it. The story isn't slow or boring as something is always happening. Part of it is a true adventure story. I think both boys and girls will enjoy reading it. I did! Will there be another spellstone story? I hope so!
Disclaimer: I received an arc of this book free from the author/publisher from Net-galley. I was not obliged to write a favorable review, or even any review at all. The opinions expressed are strictly my own.
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