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The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1) Hardcover – January 1, 2008
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Emily is a human girl on a hero's journey aided by her younger brother, to save their mother's life. This is a fantasy story involving magic powers. It starts on Earth but has a gate to another 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.
One of the first things noticed about the book is its 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.
This is a high action story that involves brushes with death, escapes and fighting. It's well written in that it is a solid hero's journey story which being done well, draws the reader in immediately, and makes us root for the hero from the start. We want to find out what happens next and we want the good guys to win.Read more ›
Our young heroine Emily witnesses the death of her father in the opening pages of this novel. Emily, her mother, and her brother Nevin move into the home of their missing great grandfather. There are secrets lurking within the house, one that soon ensnares Emily's mom. She's dragged from the basement by a tentacle through an open door and Emily and Nevin must go on a rescue mission to another world.
This story captivates the reader from the beginning. The reader is compelled to feel for the characters of the story, from Emily witnessing the death of her father to watching her mom being dragged away by some unknown creature. Although this is only the first part of the series the reader gets a true sense of the characters, their feelings, and their emotions and is left hanging at the end of this book and wanting more.
What really sells the story are the illustrations as they capture and convey the moods of the characters and their surroundings. The drawings have a light airy quality to them, with a simple, but moody, color palette to show off the extensive use of shadows to convey emotions of the character in graphic detail.Read more ›
There was one questionable issue with this novel. There are several main points to the story line and they progressed quite quickly - a bit too quickly, there wasn't enough time to fully appreciate plot or characters. Hopefully as the story develops this will be rectified.
I will definitely be checking out the rest of the series at a later date.
Note: There also looks to be a Warner Brothers movie adaptation coming in 2012.
Two years after having witnessed the death of her father, Emily, along with her mother and brother (Navin), move to a small town and into a broken-down house (once owned by her great-grandfather). Still dealing with emotions from her father's death, Emily finds that her mother is also doing all she can to hold herself together.
When rummaging in her great-grandfather's old room, Emily comes across a mystical-looking amulet. Shortly after putting it around her neck, an otherworldly intruder enters their home and captures her mother. When Emily and Navin chase after the creature, they find themselves transported to a different world.
Now Emily is faced with the burden of losing another parent. Only this time there's something she can do to stop it. Having met some unlikely friends in this new world, Emily and Navin are given the resources necessary for chasing down their mother's captor. Having activated the amulet's power, Emily wonders if the cost of such help might end up costing her more in the end.
At first, I wasn't sure about the style of drawing. It was, different. But the longer I looked at it, the more it grew on me and I started to appreciate the artistic brilliance, particularly within the scenery-Kibuishi's use of lighting is clearly his greatest strength. As far as the story goes, it hooked me right away.Read more ›
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I read this with a group for a reading project at school. I have read 4 or 5 volumes and I love it very muchPublished 1 day ago by skylander
This is the first full book that my 7-year-old has read. He loved it. The second book is on it's way to us now. I'm glad we found something he will read and like.Published 5 days ago by Heather H.
Lovely art, story, emotion, adventure, drama, tension, moral ambiguity, and and and...
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This book is about a girl named Emily. She finds an anulet in her great-great grandfather's house which she her mother and brther now live in. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Adam Kradel
It is a very nice story. There was a little blood in the story, but I must say that it was age appropriate.Published 18 days ago by Louis Schwab
a highly illustrated book that keeps you interested the whole time i couldn't stop reading until i got to the end
Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible,... Read more