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Amulet: Book One – The Stonekeeper

Kazu Kibuishi

Graphic Novel (Series)

Ages 8 to 10

Scholastic, 2008, 0-439-84681-1

  Emily, Navin and their mother are leaving the city to go to live in their old family home in a small town in the country. After the death of Emily’s father money is tight and Emily’s mother hopes that living in the house will take some of the financial pressure off. The house is in a mess and it will need a lot of work to make it really habitable, but the family gets to work. As they explore a little Emily and Navin find their Great Grandpa Silas Charnon’s workroom and Emily finds a beautiful amulet which she cannot resist taking and putting on. The family ends up spending their first night in the house even though there is no electricity, camping out on the floor. 

  Then Emily’s mother hears a noise in the basement and she goes to investigate. She is snatched by a terrifying tentacled monster which runs away with her deep into the bowels of the house and beyond. Emily and Navin follow, determined not to lose their mother.

  The children find themselves in a strange land and a voice from the amulet guides Emily to safety until she and Navin end up in the home of their Great Grandpa Silas. He is on his deathbed but he has time to explain that they are in Alledia, “an alternate version of our planet Earth.” He tells Emily that she needs to decide whether to accept the power of the stone amulet or not. If she does she will probably be able to save her mother and she will gain great power. But she will also take on an enormous responsibility. Silas then dies. Emily decides to accept the power of the amulet and she becomes the Stonekeeper. Her great grandfather’s peculiar collection of robots becomes Emily’s assistants. Will they be able to get Emily’s mother back from the tentacled monster in time and what does the future hold for her and her family?

  In this gripping first book in what promises to be a popular graphic novel series, Kazu Kibuishi weaves a fascinating story about magic, destiny, fabulous technologies, and alternate worlds. Graphic novel fans are sure to enjoy this title and to look forward to finding out what happens next.

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