The Stonekeeper: Amulet, Book 1
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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.
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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?
- 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
- Publisher's recommended age(s): 8 - 17
- Number of pages: 192
- Available on: Paperback
- Last updated: July 12, 2017
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