A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
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.
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.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
There is no sexual content in The Stonekeeper.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
This is no drinking, drugs or smoking in The Stonekeeper.
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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.
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.
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