The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1

Common Sense Media says

Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.

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What parents need to know

Educational value

Set in a mysterious fantasy world, The Stonekeeper bears little resemblance to real life, but it does offer lessons about bravery, commitment, and family loyalty.

Positive messages

Even in the aftermath of tragedy, families can stick together. But a commitment to your family's past doesn't mean that you can't find your own way in the world.

Positive role models

Even after having witnessed the death of her father, Emily proves to be a brave, resilient girl. She faces great danger in her attempt to rescue her mother. When given the opportunity to kill one of her opponents, she shows mercy and lets him live.

Violence & scariness

The story opens with the death of a parent in a car crash, which some sensitive readers may find disturbing. Another, secondary character dies of old age. A parent is swallowed and kidnapped by a grotesque, tentacled monster.

Sexy stuff

There is no sexual content in The Stonekeeper.

Language
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

This is no drinking, drugs or smoking in The Stonekeeper.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Stonekeeper is the first book in the Amulet series of fantasy graphic novels. Its prologue features the death of a parent, which might upset some younger readers. A parent is swallowed by a grotesque tentacled monster. Another older character dies later on. Children are in jeopardy throughout, but they are aided by a number of sympathetic helpers. There is no objectionable sex, language, or substance abuse content.

Parents say

Kids say

What's the story?

After their father is killed in a car accident, Emily and her younger brother, Navin, move to their mother's ancestral home, a creepy edifice seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Strange noises lure them to the basement, and Emily's mom is kidnapped by a gruesome tentacled monster. If the children hope to rescue her, they must make new friends, face many dangers, and learn more about the strange amulet that Emily finds.

Is it any good?

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THE STONEKEEPER provides a propulsive start for the Amulet series of graphic novels. The tragedy that opens the book sets a somber tone, but once Emily and Navin begin to explore their new home, the tone lightens even as the action becomes more frenetic. Author/illustrator Kazi Kibuishi has a flair for appealing character design, rich backgrounds, and well-choreographed confrontations. Little in the plot is resolved, but the stage is set for further grand adventures.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about graphic novels. Why are some stories especially suited for comics while others work best as prose? 

  • Why do some many quest fantasies feature enchanted pieces of jewelry? 

  • In the wake of a family tragedy, why do some people want to move to a new location?

Book details

Author:Kazu Kibuishi
Illustrator:Kazu Kibuishi
Genre:Fantasy
Topics:Magic and fantasy, Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Monsters, ghosts, and vampires, Robots
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:Graphix
Publication date:January 1, 2008
Number of pages:192
Publisher's recommended age(s):8 - 17
Read aloud:8 - 10
Read alone:8 - 17
Available on:Paperback

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Parent Written bymadragon June 20, 2013
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7
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Not to be missed.

The first series my 7 yo daughter became hooked on, she tore through these and they've gotten her so excited about reading! A great bridge between picture books and chapter books.

What other families should know
Educational value
Teen, 17 years old Written byLord Pigeon March 10, 2014
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8
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Excellent graphic novel series from Scholastic.

As a graphic novel, Amulet really stands out. The series boasts gorgeous artwork and a colorful cast of quirky little robots. The fantasy and action elements cater to kids, as well as teens and adults. Takes patience to wait for upcoming issues, but all is worth-it. The plot unfolds in interesting and compelling ways, which always keeps the reader anticipated.

Most of the fighting involves magical stones and giant machines. Some characters wield knives. Some deaths, but minor blood. Emily is a great role-model in that her character shows faith and perseverance, as well as a protective love for her friends and family. No language. The crew travel to a bar in one scene, and two elf soldiers are later shown drinking heavily.

What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Parent of a 2, 5, 7, and 7 year old Written byFowlerFan January 10, 2014
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7
QUALITY
 

My kids love it.

Admittedly, I haven't read all of the book. I have read the first half, and it opens with some sadness. But as my 7 year olds warned me, "Dad, you won't like the beginning". So, he knew it was sad, but like most 7 year olds, can take a lot in stride. These are the first books (as I write this, there are 5 in the series) that my kids can't put down. One of them has read each of them 10 times. There isn't a lot of text, as it is a graphic novel. Some of the images/drawings are a little scary, but when your kid is to the age they can read it, I think they'll be fine.

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