Thursday, March 22, 2012

Amulet by Kazu Kibuishi

There have been four graphic novels released thus far in Kazu Kibuishi's Amulet series--the fifth is expected in Septebmer of this year. At the recommendation of a teacher friend, I picked these books from the juvenile graphic novel shelves at my branch. He was right, I was in for a good story and some really lovely art.

Emily and Navin Hayes have just moved into their great-grandfather's old house with their mother not long after the death of their father. This house is old and dusty and somewhat strange, and cleaning it seems synonymous with exploring its secrets. Then, in a quick series of events, Emily discovers an amulet necklace; her mother is attacked by a strange, unearthly creature; and the whole family finds themselves in another world entirely. Just when they thought they were establishing a new normal for their family...

The adventures of Emily, Navin, and the friends they meet are not at all limited to saving the children's mother; it would seem the wearer of the amulet--a stonekeeper--is destined for greater battles in this land of Alledia. These first four volumes are filled with action, intrigue, bravery, sacrifice, and suspense enough to really captivate all readers, even those who are initially drawn only to the bright, engaging illustrations. I'll be recommending this series for readers third grade and up who are interested in stories of adventure, fantasy, and the power in every child. Recommended for reluctant readers as well.

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