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Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Amulet, Vol. 1: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

Goodreads Summary:

Graphic novel star Kazu Kibuishi creates a world of terrible, man-eating demons, a mechanical rabbit, a giant robot—and two ordinary children on a life-or-death mission.

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather, but the strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids’ mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.
Eventually, they enlist the help of a small mechanical rabbit named Miskit. Together with Miskit, they face the most terrifying monster of all, and Em finally has the chance to save someone she loves.

My Thoughts:

Graphic novel that starts with an emotional BANG and ends with wanting to continue with the adventure.

2 of my 6th graders have already read it and want to read the whole series! πŸ™‚

4 out of 5 stars

18 thoughts on “Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

      • Oh, Shannon, I just got REALLY excited for you! Then DEFINITELY read the books ’cause you’ll really enjoy them the way they were meant to be read! πŸ˜€ And if you EVER want to discuss as you’re reading, I’ll be more than happy to πŸ˜€ And I NEVER give anything away πŸ™‚

        Btw, did you get my emails?

      • Oh, Shannon, you WON’T regret it! There is little that makes me happier than actually turning someone on to Harry Potter!!!! πŸ˜€ *kicks up heels* Just know it takes time, though at a certain point you will NOT want to stop πŸ˜€ hehehe

        It wasn’t until Half-Blood Prince was released and I gave in and joined the Barnes & Noble University’s book discussions on it that I really started examining those books. Until that point I was reading them more as a reader than a writer. Joining those discussions was probably one of the most important things I’ve done for myself—as a writer—though that wasn’t the reason I joined. The theorizing that went on, and the in-depth look at those books taught me SO much about what it takes to write something well. I enjoyed the series more, too, because of it.

        Over the course of about 3 or 4 months, I kept a chart to keep me on track to re-read all 6 books just before the last one came out so everything was really fresh in my mind (I’ve read the series 3 times, and Sorcerer’s Stone more). By the time Deathly Hallows (book 7) came out, I was such an expert—a total Harry Potter fiend! I will always love and cherish the series and one of the most fun, happiest times in my life being in those groups and the friends I made. I wish you had been a part of that excitement, but at least, since you haven’t seen the movies either, you can enjoy the whole series! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

        A warning, though—you may want to avoid talking to anyone who has read the series, but can’t keep from spoiling it for you by giving things away. Be selective as to whom you talk to!

      • Oh, I don’t think anyone I hang with, teachers included, will spoil it because they don’t read. Gasp!!!! My best friend hates to read. She tells people that and she’s a teacher. She even tells her students!

        Ok, going to day that I will start the series THIS YEAR!

      • No adults! That IS hard to believe isn’t it? Only 2 other teachers at my school like to read, and they don’t read children’s, middle grades, or YA!

      • Shannon, I am SO shocked to hear this. I would expect teachers, of all people, wanting to read or certainly promoting it—esPEcially kids stuff if that’s who they’re teaching. I’m so glad for you, and the MANY other book-loving teachers, librarians and we KidLit writer/illustrators, that we can find each other as kindred spirits online πŸ™‚

        So then, if you know kids who have read and loved the series, they would LOVE talking about them with you only you have to warn them NOT to give anything away πŸ™‚ I’m looking forward to hearing your progress and what you think as you go once you get around to starting πŸ™‚

      • None of my 6th graders this year have read it, but I think a couple of 8th graders that I taught 2 years ago had read them!

        Out of 17 6th graders this year, 3 are on grade level in reading and none in math. However, this is usual. Sigh.

      • Well, Shannon, you have a very willing Harry Potter cohort here. You CAN’T read it without having someone to talk to about it, especially as you really get further on πŸ™‚

      • πŸ™‚ I will let you know as soon as I start the 1st one!

        I’m reading TEN by Gretchen McNeil right now-my kind of book, a mystery!

        Love that I have my kindle app on my iPhone!

      • Then you should really enjoy HP, because the books are, in fact—mysteries πŸ™‚ Each one stands alone as a mystery, but the entire series, as a whole, is a mystery πŸ™‚

        Jo Rowling is a master of the red herring AND foreshadowing πŸ™‚ The fun is trying to discern which is which! hehehehe Muwahahahahaaaaaaaa

      • Can’t wait then!!! Love trying to guess what’s going to happen next, and really love when I’m wring and didn’t see it coming!!

      • We spent countless hours theorizing and debating when Half-Blood Prince was released as to what was and wasn’t, what would or wouldn’t happen, etc. in Book 7 (Deathly Hallows). It was one of the most fun times I’ve had in my life πŸ™‚

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