The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1

Book review by
Michael Berry, Common Sense Media
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Tragic events kick off action-packed graphic novel fantasy.
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Parents say

age 8+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 11 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this book.

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 & Representations

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.

Language

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 2, 5, 7, and 7 year old Written byFowlerFan January 10, 2014

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 w... Continue reading
Parent Written bymadragon June 20, 2013

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... Continue reading
Teen, 17 years old Written byLord Pigeon March 10, 2014

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 ca... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bycommonsense_jojo August 25, 2016

Hated the Main Character and a Disappointing Read

The main character—Emily—was really annoying for me. First of all, when the family moves to a new house and they are cleaning the rooms, Emily spots the amulet... Continue reading

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?

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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