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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1)
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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1)

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by Kazu Kibuishi
 

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Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a

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Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a talking fox, a giant robot---and two ordinary children on a mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly

Almost too clever and poignant, Amuletis, on the surface, about navigating the murky waters of adolescence and, beneath that, an exploration of abandonment and survival. Emily and Navin are lost children, literally lost in a dark, new world and struggling to save their mother, who has been kidnapped by a drooling, tentacled beast. With stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing, this first volume's weakness lies in its largely disjointed storytelling. There is the strong, young, heroine; cute, furry, sidekicks; scary monsters-all extraordinary components, but pieced together in a patchwork manner. There is little hope in his dark world as Kibuishi removes Emily and Navin's frame of safety. Their hopes rest in a magic amulet that seems to be working in the interest of the children-until it suddenly isn't. The most frightening element of Amuletis the sense of insecurity we feel for Emily, fighting her way through uncharted terrain with no guide and no support system. This first volume of Amuletisn't a disappointment, but it does feel like a warmup to the main event. If anything, it's a clear indication that Kibuishi has just begun skimming the surface of his own talent. (Jan.)

Copyright 2007Reed Business Information
Children's Literature
AGERANGE: Ages 9 to 12.

This is the first in a new series and the book is great! The prologue is sad and quite graphic; the story actually begins two years later. I was not sure where the story was going to take me, but when Emily finds the library of their grandpa and learns that he disappeared somewhere in the house and that no one ever knew what actually happened to him, I knew this book was going to be a mystery. The very first night in the new house, the mother is kidnapped and the two children set out to find her. Emily finds an amulet containing a stone and is able to do some things that surprise both her and her brother. Through several adventures, the two are taken to their long lost dying grandpa who explains what they must do to save their mother and become the next leaders to rule the land of Alledia, which is actually an alternate version of planet earth. Are Emily and Navin ready for the power the amulet holds? Are they ready to fight the creatures that try to stop them? The story hooks the reader; it is filled with adventure, suspense, great characters, and has above all an ending that leaves the reader wanting more. This book is written in graphic format that is a favorite of mine. The format is perfect for reluctant readers who never seem to finish a book on their own. Young adults who want to read anything they can get their hands on will also enjoy the graphics and fast paced text. The graphics make an enormous impact on the story. I look forward to the next in the series. I highly recommend this book. Reviewer: Kathie M. Josephs

Children's Literature - Greta Tasedan
When Emily's father dies suddenly, her family must move to Grandpa Silas' old abandoned house. As they are cleaning their new home, Emily finds a mysterious amulet hidden in Grandpa's lab. That night, a strange arachnid creature kidnaps Emily's mother. Emily and Navin follow, determined to rescue her, but they quickly find themselves submerged in a foreign world that is inhabited by robots and ferocious monsters. With the help of the powerful amulet and a robotic rabbit named Miskit, Emily discovers just how far she will go to save the people she loves. This first book in the "Amulet" series of graphic novels tells of the courage of a young girl on a mission to save her family by safely navigating an alien world. The Japanese anime-style illustrations are a perfect complement to this tale of heroics. Reviewer: Greta Tasedan
School Library Journal

Gr 4 Up
Hurrying to pick up her brother, Emily and her parents have a tragic accident, and her father dies. After this dark beginning, the story skips forward two years to when the remaining family members are forced to move to an ancestral house in a small town. Rumored to be haunted, it is unkempt and forbidding. The first night there, Emily's mother goes down to the basement to investigate a noise and doesn't return. The kids search for her and discover a doorway into another world, where their mother has been swallowed by a monster and is being taken away. An amulet that Emily found in the house tells her that together they can save her, but her brother isn't so sure that this voice can be trusted. Still, what other choice do they have in this strange place? Gorgeous illustrations with great color bring light to this gloomy tale. Filled with excitement, monsters, robots, and mysteries, this fantasy adventure will appeal to many readers, but it does have some truly nightmarish elements.
—Dawn RutherfordCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780439846813
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
01/01/2008
Series:
Amulet Series , #1
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
16,247
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
GN310L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at www.boltcity.com.

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 43 reviews.
NiciGrigg More than 1 year ago
I have to say that the artwork in The Stonekeeper is absolutely breathtaking. However, from a storytelling perspective, the timing and pace feels weird (from car crash to weird house invested with monsters within pages of each other) and themes that make the series feel like a weird mish-mash of Lord of the Rings (complete with Gollum, exact likeness but with another name) and Hayao Miyazaki animation films. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the author gives the reader a chance to get an idea of what each character's unique personality's are like before they are abruptly thrown into a series of problems, some just plain weird. Again, from a narrative perspective, I lost interest really fast and I found myself not really caring at all about the characters or what was going to happen to them. However, that said, I DID find myself turning the next page just to admire the artistry and breathtaking illustration. There were a few times where I stopped and stared in awe of some of the scenery, which does a fabulous job of setting the mood. Adding in sound effects would have made the world more believable, but still the coloring and painting do a good job on its own. I think if The Stonekeeper had fixed some of the narrative problems and added more detail in areas like character development and timing, I would have been completely enthralled.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mother to a run-down house in the middle of nowhere - an inheritance from a great uncle they've never met. On their first night in the disturbing old house, their mother is  kidnapped by a gigantic squid-thing and the kids must rescue her with the help of a talking amulet that they've found in a dusty room.  I read this because my nephew really loved it, and he's a very reluctant reader. I can see why he liked it - there's lots of pretty pictures and very few words. It's a book appropriate for middle-graders both in vocabulary and in plot. It was a cute, fast read, and I'm sure I'll read the rest in the series. However, it's not a book that would appeal to me for any other reason than bonding with my nephew. The premise and plot are simply too unsophisticated to be of much interest to most older kids or adults. On the other hand, the book seems to be VERY popular with the younger crowd, and I highly recommend The Stonekeeper for reluctant readers. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when i was reading bone by jeff smith i looked in the back and i saw a cover of amulet.i borrowed it from the library and started to read.i waited eagerly for the second book.when the second book came out i bought it from barnes and nobles.the second book is much more exciting and more thrilling.now im waiting for the third book to come out.i recommend this to everyone.not just kids but to adults too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great comic for kids. It is so interesting because of all the fantasy and the suspense of what might happen next.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
This series is the best yet.I just wish that there were more books because I am on book number three almost to book number four!I read all of them one after another.These books are sort of a mystery and I like mysteries.I also like it because the Amulet can talk to Emily and how she is trying to master it's powers.I recommend this whole series if you want to buy your child something that they would like especially if they like mysteries. I also recommend this series to parents (to read) who like mysteries and fantasies and very little violence. (This review was written by my 9 yr old granddaughter, KND.)
Kotor More than 1 year ago
This well american manga is a perfect book for newcomers to manga, full of beautiful colors and details opening the reader to an emotional story full of adventure into a mysterious world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9yr old son and I both love this series! Very good story, awesome pics!!
MrPhil More than 1 year ago
I am a pre-service Middle School teacher (still in college) and have used this graphic novel to great success with middle school students. I wanted to get students more interested in reading and this was the best piece to do the job; Not to mention, I myself loved it. I've read through the first four and pre-ordered the 5th. I'm hooked! :) My only complaint: It feels like a copy-cat of The Spiderwick Chronicles. But, Spiderwick is great and kids love it. The experience, once you get past the Spiderwick-ness, is unique and one of the best available graphic novels for kids. See my "personal favorites" for other kids' graphic novels I've read and loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I normally read manga, but this book moved just as fast! It has lots of action and a good storyline. I hope they publish the next one soon!
littlemonkey18 More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in one day. the story is wonderful. it makes you want to cry but the action is fantastic. i highly recommend it to anyone who like fantasy and adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I just could not put it down till i was finished! The end of the book was surprizing. I've been searching for the second one but i cant seem to find it...im starting to think their is no second book?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the most amazing book i've read. i've read it a million times and i never get bored. he did a good job writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is cool im typing this because im looking for book 2.I didnt exspect watt happened to happen.its a mystery and advanter the 2 main thing i like to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lol amulet the book my favorate book in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my Grand daughter and she was very excited to get it.
Greenangel5 More than 1 year ago
Good old fashion adventure to another world with family along. Simple and detailed artwork this has a nice speed story line with PLOT! It starts out on a sad note and works its way into your mind ('cause as soon as I started reading I couldn't put the book down...and it's not just the artwork that I found myself staring at but the smooth and easy to read story really kept my attention the whole time). Granted, some people may not care for the book because of it's circles around a preteen girl and family, but hey! How do you know that you won't like the book until you pick it up and I seriously mean it when I say "any age"...I can still see myself reading this series way into my old age and I'm only 21!
Excited03 More than 1 year ago
This book is great for children and adults, it has adventure and trills that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read the first book and could not wait to get to read the second book. Children will like this book series.
haloman More than 1 year ago
This book will look stupid at first... .But as you read it will will love it but i will recommend it for atleast 5-12 grades because you will find BLOOD yes BLOOD. I did not know that this kind of book has blood. Any way it is like a comic so if you mostly like no pictures books i do not think you will like this book 5 Stars very cool
AVoraciousReadr 3 days ago
*Book source ~ Library Emily, along with her little brother Navin and their mom, moves to Norlen after the death of her father in a car accident. A car accident that she and her mother survived. In the house of her great-grandfather, Emily finds something extraordinary and now her life has been turned upside down yet again. She may have survived the car accident, but she may not survive what awaits her underneath the house. This is an ok story. Starting right off with a parents death is very Disney-like though. Anyway, it’s a whole lot of fantasy, but I was only slightly engaged with the story. I do love the artwork. However, I’m not interested enough in story or art to continue the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love the whole book series; i love all the characters and when the twists happen and they happen you worry about all of the characters and not just the one in trouble.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good but needs a bit more action and addiction. To short. I thought it would take a day to read but it took an hour. Good story though
Mr-X_0024 More than 1 year ago
Dark, edgy first start to this formerly five part series, I read this book in 2011 first as a college lesson at Rutgers University (moments before my Graduation which is also the same year as the day I read this book) and my second book after this is the first installment to the Bone saga (there is a prequel for Bone but that wasn't read until a year later when I resumed both Bone and Amulet sagas for domestic but personal use), there was a third graphic novel in that assignment with them but I forgot its title, the third one is about knights in ancient times but since the third graphic novel is more forgettable than Bone and Amulet combined, I chose a bunch of  Batman and other DC Universe comics (all from New 52) instead, I also received a bunch of Manga books just two years after Amulet  was introduced. I didn't know that Bone nor Amulet even existed until first introduced in 2011, in addition to its sequels a year later, I've  purchased my own copy of this book and the first Bone issue in that year as well. Bone ended in 2013 but Amulet still has a long way to go, it's just as enjoyable as Percy Jackson and the Olympians, Kane Chronicles and the Heroes of Olympus (although there are graphic novel versions of these titles available but I'll stick to their original formats). The reason for it having a dark and edgy start: Emily's father dies, then her ancestor and her mother is being eaten by a messed up creature (but her mom was saved at the end of Vol. 2 - Spoiler Alert) but definitely not as edgy as Batman, if it were, Emily and her brother Navin wouldn't be as lucky as Bruce Wayne when his butler named Alfred became a legal guardian to Bruce Wayne because if Emily's mom was digested by the octopus-like thing or didn't survive the crash like her father did, Navin wouldn't exist (because Navin wasn't in the passenger seat when that happened) and either Emily would be dead too or in an orphanage for foster care.
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orangeboy18 More than 1 year ago
My name is nicholas and I'm 10 years old . This book showed true feeling . It is incredible how that one stone has so much power within . Also the power it has allows it to mess with the keepers mind to take full control of it's vessel so it can cause total chaos . I could not help it but keep reading . I would recommend this book to every one I know .