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Kazu Kibuishi. The Stonekeeper (Amulet,  Vol. I)
Scholastic  $9.99  ISBN 978-0-439-84681-3 187 pg.
Reviewed by Melissa, Age 16

Emily and Navin were very young when the fatal car crash took their father’s life. The family was devastated and after their dad passed away, they were forced to move out of the house they owned due to financial problems. Miles away - somewhere in the middle of nowhere - was a very old house that was said to have been in the family for years. It belonged to their mother’s grandfather…who had mysteriously disappeared years ago. They only come closer to unlocking the mystery when they find a strange amulet and fall into a completely different world. A monster has taken their mother and now they have to set out in order to save her…with only a necklace as their guide.

This graphic novel has very meticulous pictures and I enjoyed basking in every detail. The words and the expression went along with the story and the emotions that the characters should be feeling. It was easy to pick up on the rhythm of the book. The story is interesting and the family is believable; it is real enough to the reader. The only issue I had was that it was a very fast-paced story. There was no time to digest what had just happened because the story line had already leaped into another action scene or situation. This made the novel a little less enjoyable than I would have hoped, but it is a good bedtime story nonetheless. Awesome for pictures and a quick read just before bed.

I would recommend this book for people nine years old and up (especially those into fast-paced action and mystery).

I give The Stonekeeper four fast stars out of five.

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