The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1)

The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1)

by Kazu Kibuishi


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

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780439846813
Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date: 01/01/2008
Series: Amulet Series , #1
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 16,578
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile: GN310L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the founder and editor of the critically acclaimed Flight anthologies, as well as the creator of COPPER. He lives in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their son. Visit him online at

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The Stonekeeper (Amulet Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
NiciGrigg More than 1 year ago
I have to say that the artwork in The Stonekeeper is absolutely breathtaking. However, from a storytelling perspective, the timing and pace feels weird (from car crash to weird house invested with monsters within pages of each other) and themes that make the series feel like a weird mish-mash of Lord of the Rings (complete with Gollum, exact likeness but with another name) and Hayao Miyazaki animation films. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem like the author gives the reader a chance to get an idea of what each character's unique personality's are like before they are abruptly thrown into a series of problems, some just plain weird. Again, from a narrative perspective, I lost interest really fast and I found myself not really caring at all about the characters or what was going to happen to them. However, that said, I DID find myself turning the next page just to admire the artistry and breathtaking illustration. There were a few times where I stopped and stared in awe of some of the scenery, which does a fabulous job of setting the mood. Adding in sound effects would have made the world more believable, but still the coloring and painting do a good job on its own. I think if The Stonekeeper had fixed some of the narrative problems and added more detail in areas like character development and timing, I would have been completely enthralled.
Patito_de_Hule More than 1 year ago
When their father dies, Emily and Navin must move with their mother to a run-down house in the middle of nowhere - an inheritance from a great uncle they've never met. On their first night in the disturbing old house, their mother is  kidnapped by a gigantic squid-thing and the kids must rescue her with the help of a talking amulet that they've found in a dusty room.  I read this because my nephew really loved it, and he's a very reluctant reader. I can see why he liked it - there's lots of pretty pictures and very few words. It's a book appropriate for middle-graders both in vocabulary and in plot. It was a cute, fast read, and I'm sure I'll read the rest in the series. However, it's not a book that would appeal to me for any other reason than bonding with my nephew. The premise and plot are simply too unsophisticated to be of much interest to most older kids or adults. On the other hand, the book seems to be VERY popular with the younger crowd, and I highly recommend The Stonekeeper for reluctant readers. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
when i was reading bone by jeff smith i looked in the back and i saw a cover of amulet.i borrowed it from the library and started to read.i waited eagerly for the second book.when the second book came out i bought it from barnes and nobles.the second book is much more exciting and more im waiting for the third book to come out.i recommend this to everyone.not just kids but to adults too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great comic for kids. It is so interesting because of all the fantasy and the suspense of what might happen next.
LIV2read More than 1 year ago
This series is the best yet.I just wish that there were more books because I am on book number three almost to book number four!I read all of them one after another.These books are sort of a mystery and I like mysteries.I also like it because the Amulet can talk to Emily and how she is trying to master it's powers.I recommend this whole series if you want to buy your child something that they would like especially if they like mysteries. I also recommend this series to parents (to read) who like mysteries and fantasies and very little violence. (This review was written by my 9 yr old granddaughter, KND.)
Kotor More than 1 year ago
This well american manga is a perfect book for newcomers to manga, full of beautiful colors and details opening the reader to an emotional story full of adventure into a mysterious world.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My 9yr old son and I both love this series! Very good story, awesome pics!!
MrPhil More than 1 year ago
I am a pre-service Middle School teacher (still in college) and have used this graphic novel to great success with middle school students. I wanted to get students more interested in reading and this was the best piece to do the job; Not to mention, I myself loved it. I've read through the first four and pre-ordered the 5th. I'm hooked! :) My only complaint: It feels like a copy-cat of The Spiderwick Chronicles. But, Spiderwick is great and kids love it. The experience, once you get past the Spiderwick-ness, is unique and one of the best available graphic novels for kids. See my "personal favorites" for other kids' graphic novels I've read and loved.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I normally read manga, but this book moved just as fast! It has lots of action and a good storyline. I hope they publish the next one soon!
littlemonkey18 More than 1 year ago
I finished this book in one day. the story is wonderful. it makes you want to cry but the action is fantastic. i highly recommend it to anyone who like fantasy and adventure!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!! I just could not put it down till i was finished! The end of the book was surprizing. I've been searching for the second one but i cant seem to find starting to think their is no second book?!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is the most amazing book i've read. i've read it a million times and i never get bored. he did a good job writing this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is cool im typing this because im looking for book 2.I didnt exspect watt happened to happen.its a mystery and advanter the 2 main thing i like to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I lol amulet the book my favorate book in the WORLD!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gift for my Grand daughter and she was very excited to get it.
Greenangel5 More than 1 year ago
Good old fashion adventure to another world with family along. Simple and detailed artwork this has a nice speed story line with PLOT! It starts out on a sad note and works its way into your mind ('cause as soon as I started reading I couldn't put the book down...and it's not just the artwork that I found myself staring at but the smooth and easy to read story really kept my attention the whole time). Granted, some people may not care for the book because of it's circles around a preteen girl and family, but hey! How do you know that you won't like the book until you pick it up and I seriously mean it when I say "any age"...I can still see myself reading this series way into my old age and I'm only 21!
Excited03 More than 1 year ago
This book is great for children and adults, it has adventure and trills that keeps you on the edge of your seat. I read the first book and could not wait to get to read the second book. Children will like this book series.
haloman More than 1 year ago
This book will look stupid at first... .But as you read it will will love it but i will recommend it for atleast 5-12 grades because you will find BLOOD yes BLOOD. I did not know that this kind of book has blood. Any way it is like a comic so if you mostly like no pictures books i do not think you will like this book 5 Stars very cool
krau0098 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I picked this up at the library as I was perusing through graphic novels appropriate for kids. This one looked neat, had great artwork, and didn't seem too complicated for a young child. We ended up not reading it together because it got a bit too scary for my son, but I read it on my own and really enjoyed it!Emily and Navin are moving into their mother's old childhood house; after the death of their father in a car accident their mother can't afford their old house and they are being forced to move. In this house Emily finds a mysterious Amulet. There are also dark things in this house and Emily, Navin, and their mom accidentally find themselves thrust into a paralell world. When their mother is captured by a monster it is up to Emily and Navin to save her; the Amulet proves itself to be a great tool...but it also seems to have motives of its own.I tried reading this graphic novel with my four year old son and he was enchanted by the drawings and the story; unfortunately with parents getting hurt/killed and monsters creeping through dark house it just got too scary for him. He is very into some of the Leap Frog Tag books that are graphic novels and so I thought this would be a neat book for him; but I would recommend this to kids in the 7 or older age range. It's just a bit too scary for younger kids and some of the concepts underlying the story flew right over my son's head.The art in this graphic novel is well done; the characters are a bit sketchier than I am used to seeing but the color is done really well and the environments are beautiful. The story is definitely of the dark fantasy variety. You have creepy houses, mysterious monsters, and kids fighting to survive.I enjoyed the fantasy and adventure elements; kids journeying to another world and questing to save their mother. I also enjoyed the added complexity of the Amulet and how it seemed to have a personality of its own. Emily and Nevin are great characters; they each have their own strengths and bring good things to the story. Emily has a lot of adolescent issues she is working through; she feels displaced and abandoned because of the move and her father dying. The story gets increasingly complex and has enough subtle undertones to keep me interested as an adult. The pace was wonderful, there were no slow parts here.This book ties up the main story but starts up another story that will continue on in the next book. I thought the drawing of the characters could have been a bit better but was very impressed by the backgrounds. There are some creative ideas here and some we have seen before.Overall I really enjoyed this graphic novel. I will definitely be reading the next one. I think this would be appropriate for ages 7 and up; it is a bit too scary for younger kids. Reading this book has made me take a look at other of Kibuishi's works; I would like to read his Flight series at some point too. Fans of adventure and fantasy will find a lot here to love. This book had a dark fairy tale quality to it that keeps the reader engaged and wondering.
danifuz on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this book there is a girl called Emily and she finds a amulet in her great grandfathers house which is hunted. But Em doesn't realized that by that she is the stonkeeper.
ALindelof on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Emily has moved to her great grandfather Salsas house. There are lots of weird things happening. Will Emily be able to stop what's happening. I recommend this book to people who like fantasy and adventure.
chinquapin on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the opening prologue of this graphic novel, Emily witnesses the death of her father in a terrible car crash. Two years later, she moves with her Mom and younger brother, Nevin, into an old Victorian house that belonged to her great-grandfather who is now missing. While cleaning this creepy mansion, Emily finds an amulet which seems to release some magical properties. It is fairly obvious that there are secrets lurking in this old house, and they manifest themselves when Emily's mom is dragged by a tentacle through an open door. Emily and Nevin discover that they must go on a mission to find their great-grandfather and rescue their mom. The artwork is just beautiful. I especially loved the renderings of the creepy old mansion. I think the story may be a bit dark for the intended age range, but it has elements also, like the robots, that would captivate them. Emily is strong girl character and the story seems to have all the elements that will make for a fascinating series. I have already ordered the next two volumes from the library.
kayceel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fun, exciting and kind of dark (for a kids' book) story about a brother and sister whose mother is stolen from them and they must rescue her.
johnlobe on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first book in the Amulet series will engage readers with its accelerated plot and Kibuishi's gorgeous illustrations. The story does give one the sense that a lot of groundwork is being laid for the rest of the series. Many characters are introduced and a lot of back story is revealed but the effect is to peak our curiosity rather than overwhelm us. Some of the content of the book will be to intense for younger children.
gothydevil on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Amulet is about a girl named Emily who lost her father in a car accident. Emily, her brother Navin, and their mother had just moved to a new house in the woods. One creepy night Emily hears a KABOOM! She wakes up Navin and her mother and tells them that she hears something. Emily's mother goes to take a look.....and there it is a huge drooling creepy creature. Emilys mother says get but instead of getting out it eats Emily and Navin's mother!!! Can Emily and Navin save the world and their mother with the help of Emily's amulet........? Read the book yourself to find out !!!!!