Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper

Paperback | January 1, 2008

byKazu 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.

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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 ...

KAZU KIBUISHI is the editor of the popular Flight comics anthologies, as well as the creator of Daisy Kutter, a YALSA Best Books for Young Adults. 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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 9.01 × 5.99 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 2008Publisher:SCHOLASTIC INCLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0439846811

ISBN - 13:9780439846813

Appropriate for ages: 9

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reread...loved every time! I've reread this book and the others that followed...I don't think I could ever be sick of them
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE IT!!!! I have read all 7 when is #8 coming out!?!?!?❤️<3<3<3
Date published: 2015-09-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant kids book. Basically: This book is a fantasy graphic novel that follows a family who move to an old family home after a relatively recent tragedy and find that everything is not what it seems. In detail: I saw a couple of people reading this on my tumblr dash and on youtube who I have the greatest respect for in terms of many of their books that they recommend I enjoy. So I thought I'd see if my local library had any of this series in, and it did. And I totally enjoyed and loved this book, it was beautiful and fun and amazing and just what I fancied reading one afternoon after a short day at work. The Plot: This graphic novel has a fantastic and well-paced story line that was totally enjoyable if a little predictable. I loved the way the fantasy was woven in, it's not a theme I've seen that often in urban fantasy and I really enjoyed it. I liked the whole house element as well, the house as a theme is really well done and makes you want to explore your own home all over again (I'm thinking the next time I move I could be enforcing a sleepover with my poor much maltreated own family) and just double check everything is where it should be. The story itself is a tad predictable but it is so beautifully told and so sweet and cute that you don't mind, and there is enough different to make it stand out and make it just the greatest. Gosh, the way it unfolds is great and I love it. All the themes running through it of family, loyalty, betrayal, and all that are great and handled so well. The Characters: The main character in this book is the adorable Emily who is a young girl who is going through a difficult time all of which is totally explained right at the beginning of the book, and she really likes wearing hoodies (she's identifiable in that she seems kind of normalish for a fantasy novel) and she loves her family. After moving to her Great-Uncles home and having a major cleaning session, and some great family bonding moments, Emily finds a necklace of some kind that helps her discover a few things about her family's history and gives her the power to protect her family hey she loves them okay. And the rather cool fantasy element is then introduced. Emily's little brother Navin is a total cutie too, and such a sweetheart in this story. One of my favourite parts of this book was the relationship between Emily and Navin, I love books with beautifully written family relationships that are not just assumed or brushed aside. I also loved how real Navin felt, his personality just jumped at me and he really reminded me of my own little brother. Also Emily and Navin's Mum who was totally great, I loved her and how much she loved her children (and also their Dad was pretty cool you know and stuff). Yeah, great parenting love in this book. I loved it. A lot. And the others. If you've read this then you know who I mean, like literally the greatest characters and great development and I totally want volume two like yesterday (but I don't think my library has them). My Thoughts: This book, graphic novel, is fantastic and one of the best things I have read in years and is not diminished at all by the fact that it is aimed at a younger audience. Their is a certain childishness to it but the way it's told makes it relatable to everyone, at any age. The images are beautiful and take show not tell as the most brilliant advice. The whole thing is amazing and yes, definitely read it!
Date published: 2015-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Eerie & Entertaining! Amulet is about the life of a family: Emily, Navin and their mother, and it takes place two years after a family tragedy where their father died in a car accident. It starts out with a little prologue about the accident and then zooms right into the present time where they're moving into a new house for a fresh start, into the house of which that has been in their family for years. The novel picks up pace right away, never a dull moment, and the plot is definitely entertaining, and it's probably even more enjoyable if you're maybe younger than I am. The vibe of the book was very mysterious and eerie and left you with the feeling throughout the book that you haven't even heard the beginning of the story yet! There is lots of little secrets waiting to be told, I guess explained in the next books to come. This graphic novel was great. The illustrations are detailed and very well thought through, and I recommend it definitely to curious and thoughtful kids around the ages of 9-11. 3.7 stars for this one :)
Date published: 2012-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from awesome The names are Mom, Navin and Emily. Favorite parts when they find the monster. Second part is when slugs eating the leaves. Last part when the had to pilot the house. I would recommend this book to anyone that likes action. It’s a long adventure. It’s fun too read because of the graphics. I gave it a four because at the beginning its very sad because the dad died and fell over the cliff. I'm still wondering if the Dad is still alive. The real action begins maybe 30 pages into the book. I thought it was slow to begin. Anyway it’s a great book.
Date published: 2010-01-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amulet book 2 This book is awesome....It's been more than a year now...and I am still waiting for the Amulet Book 2....when will it come out.....
Date published: 2009-03-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Cute and Fun But Dark The opening panels chronicle an intense scene of a car crash in which everyone escapes except the dad. Two years later Mom and the two kids, Emily and Navin, are moving to an ancestral home in a small town because of financial hardships. It is an old rundown, creepy place but they settle down for the first night until they hear strange noises. As they follow the noises down to the basement the mom is attacked and kidnapped by a strange bulbous tentacled creature. A door in the basement opens and the children follow it into a strange alternate world. Emily finds an amulet with a strong power and they meet up with other creatures who want to help them but all the while an dark figure is trailing them. This is a beautifully illustrated story with an anime feel to it. It is cute and fun but on the dark side and atmospheric. The plot is very entertaining and I really enjoyed this quick read. I'd recommend this for middle grades as the intense death scenes (one of a parent) would not be appropriate for the very young. Book 2 isn't out yet but I'll be interested to see where the story goes when it is published.
Date published: 2008-05-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Kibuishi's work speaks for itself Having been a fan of all the flight collections, as well as his web comic "Copper", it comes as no surprise that Amulet is as beautiful as it is. Appropriate for all ages (though the prolouge is the heaviest introduction to a work geared towards children I have read in a long time, it simply adds to the deep levels of emotion the characters express throughout the work. This is a phenomonal example of the very best sequential artwork has to offer. A great gateway into other graphic fiction.
Date published: 2008-02-27

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for Amulet New York Times Bestseller "Five-no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked." - Jeff Smith, creator of BONE "[The] action-packed adventure sequences move at an exciting clip . . . Part fantasy . . . and part manga, this volume has much to appeal to readers." - Booklist "A richly drawn graphic-fantasy series following in the footsteps of BONE and a must for all fantasy fans." - Kirkus Reviews "Stellar artwork, imaginative character design, moody color and consistent pacing." - PW Comics Week