Quest for the Spark #2 (Bone Trilogy Series)

Quest for the Spark #2 (Bone Trilogy Series)

by Thomas E. Sniegoski, Jeff Smith
     
 

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The quest continues!

The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking World, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find

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The quest continues!

The Nacht, the evil dragon that threatens to destroy both the Dreaming and the Waking World, is growing stronger, and twelve-year-old Tom Elm is the champion the Dreaming has chosen to defeat it. Along with Roderick the raccoon, Percival Bone and his nephew and niece, Randolf, Lorimar, and the two stupid Rat Creatures, Tom must race to find the missing pieces of the Spark. This leg of the journey introduces him to a trio of scheming bears and takes him into the depths of a dangerous beehive. And, on top of everything else, a traitor might be among them. . . .

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Michael Jung PhD
Freeing the world from an ancient evil capable of possessing humans and controlling nightmares is not the sort of quest usually given to a young turnip farmer. But twelve-year-old Tom Elm has something no one else has—a shard of the mystical ray of light called the Spark which can be used to drive back the evil and destroy nightmares. Now, accompanied by an ex-warrior priest, a mystical plant woman, two dimwitted Rat Creatures, a trio of cartoon-like Bone explorers, and his raccoon friend Roderick, Tom must find the strength in him to not only lead this motley group but also find the other missing pieces of the Spark. But when Tom discovers the next Spark shard resides in a hive guarded by gigantic bees, can his unlikely band of heroes come up with a plan to get the shard without being stung by some very large stingers? Exciting, occasionally frightening, and always very funny, this second installment of the "Bone: Quest for the Spark" prose novel series continues where the first book left off with Tom trying to live up to the enormous responsibilities placed on him by the Dreaming, a mystical force threatened by the evil Tom's group is battling. Thanks to this diverse cast, Sniegoski is also able to explore the novel's more serious aspects without sacrificing the trademark comedy of the "Bone" comic books—by momentarily viewing the world through the eyes of grim characters such as battle-hardened priest Randolph Clearmeadow to emphasize the seriousness of the quest, and then switching to the more comical Bone characters to offer a more humorous perspective. Smith's wonderfully colored illustrations also add appropriate touches of drama and comedy, and the series as a whole continues to delight Bone fans. Reviewer: Michael Jung, PhD
School Library Journal
Gr 3�6—This book continues the adventures of 12-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon pal, a former Veni Yan priest, three Bone explorers, and two smelly rat creatures as they attempt to save the world from the wicked dragon, the Nacht. The "Bone" books have a serious fan base, so this in-progress trilogy is bound to attract attention. Unfortunately, it falls short of expectations. While the Nacht, presented as a source of wickedness itself with the power to seep into and claim the minds of innocents, is legitimately creepy, the adventures feel haphazard and unplanned, characters remain largely undeveloped, and the humor feels a bit forced. However, the draw to the world created in the series is strong, and there are plenty of Smith's full-page illustrations to reinforce that connection. For real fans, this book is a solid pick, but the titles should be read in sequence-events in this one won't make sense without reading the first. Libraries without "Bone" fans can skip it.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City
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Praise for Quest for the Spark #1:
"A cheery jaunt back through a beloved world." --BOOKLIST
"One of those very rare creatures: a successful graphic series–to-novel translation." --KIRKUS REVIEWS

Praise for the BONE series:
Named one of the top ten graphic novels of all time by TIME
"One of the best kids' comics ever." --VIBE magazine
"Jeff Smith's BONE series . . . is a true accomplishment. Not only is it a terrific graphic-novel series, but it's a superb example of storytelling." --SCHOOL LIBRARY JOURNAL
"BONE is storytelling at its best, full of endearing, flawed characters whose adventures run the gamut from hilarious whimsy to thrilling drama." --ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

Kirkus Reviews
The Bone universe proves that it can still expand without spreading thin. As introduced in the previous volume (2011), The Valley, still under a nightmare sleep, awaits rescue from a motley crew of Bones, beasts, a boy and a brawny priest. Jumping right in where the action left off, readers discover that the Nacht's evil power is strengthening. Tom and his crew are still seeking to reunite pieces of the Spark, and in this adventure, they face some of the most dire peril the group has yet encountered: giant bears and bees, a horrible airship accident and the trek to distant Lorimar, a forest spirit with magical powers. As they battle and overcome these obstacles hurled at them by the Nacht, it seems that they're getting closer to waking the Valley--but does the Nacht have a plan that may sabotage the group from within? Sniegoski's writing is strong and swift, and it properly propels the action needed to fuel such a broad crusade. However, those new to the series will want to read this series sequentially: The burst into action offers little back story, and many of the running jokes will be missed without it. An expected cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for the final installment. A nimble, expertly paced middle-grade adventure yarn. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545141048
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Series:
Bone Series, #2
Pages:
240
Sales rank:
102,166
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile:
820L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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