The Stonekeeper

The Stonekeeper

Graphic Novel - 2008 | First edition.
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"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" -- from publisher's web site.
Publisher: New York : Graphix, 2008.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780439846806
Branch Call Number: J KIBUISH
Characteristics: 185 pages : chiefly color illustrations ; 24 cm.


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Emily and Navin move into a new home, but the strange house proves to be dangerous.

Two kids follow their mom through a door in the basement into a whole other world full of demons, robots, and talking animals. Review from a third grader: "It is an adventure book and I enjoyed it."

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SnoIsleLib_KatC Sep 15, 2020

After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather. But before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom into the basement where they discover an underground world inhabited by demons, robots, and talking animals.

2011 Junior Winner: 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.

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STPLKidsCauseway Jan 13, 2021

While the content of the graphic novel is emotionally heavy, it is fast-paced with gorgeous illustrations and world building. It isn't at all confusing and hard to understand in the way that some fantasy graphic novels can be.

JCLSarahZ Sep 10, 2020

A fast paced, fantasy themed graphic novel for kids. The story is tragic and a little scary but ultimately, the kids in this story get lots of opportunities to be brave and heroic.

Chapel_Hill_MeganB Apr 20, 2020

I adore this graphic novel for being exciting, fun, and still deeply thoughtful- Stonekeeper ably addresses themes of grief, abandonment, and bereavement while simultaneously presenting a page-turning adventure. Heavy topics are presented in the first few pages of the novel, and while the text acknowledges the effects of this novel, it still is able to include lots of humor and adventure, without feeling like it’s ignoring other themes of the book. There is, I acknowledge, a lot going on- but personally it doesn’t feel like it’s trying to tell too many stories at once. One of the biggest highlights for me is the unique character and creature designs found in this graphic novel, from monstrous creatures to adorable sidekicks. It was genuinely fun to turn each page and see the artwork. Also, if you enjoy the first volume in the Amulet series, the world-building continues in multiple volumes after Stonekeeper (which also means lots of reading material you can catch up on!)

OPL_KIDS Apr 09, 2020

The Stonekeeper is the first book in the Amulet graphic novel series intended for upper elementary readers and older. Within the last year, I have learned more about graphic novels and their appeal to a wide range of readers and have had the pleasure of coming across a few gems. The Stonekeeper is one such gem as it tells its story through a near-perfect mix of illustrations/panels and dialogue. It is fast-paced, which is good for younger readers who may not appreciate being bogged down by slow storytelling, but even in its fast pace there are moments that it slows down enough to allow the reader to get to know the characters and their relationships. There is just enough worldbuilding that helps the reader keep up with the story but not too much that the reader is overwhelmed and/or confused. I appreciated that the illustrations did as much work as traditional prose in portraying the world and the emotions of the characters, which is important when deciding whether to invest time in a character and his/her story. I liked the family dynamics between the characters, though sometimes one of the child characters seemed to act older than he was supposed.

My only complaint, and it’s a small one at that, is that the story itself seemed almost too short, but I realize that this is the first in a series and that it was laying down some of the foundations for the next books. I very much am excited to read the next graphic novels in the Amulet series, and I would recommend The Stonekeeper to those who enjoy sci-fi and fantasy, graphic novels, and/or who might be reluctant readers.

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jcljessicaj Sep 05, 2019

Wow, I loved this! I'm new to graphic novels, and this has been my favorite so far. The story sucks you in right away. I devoured it in an hour and can't wait to read the rest. The illustrations are incredible and the story is written in such a way that I swear I could hear the characters voices and sounds. Check this one out!

IndyPL_MeganF Oct 23, 2018

This is a great read for anyone: reluctant reader, adventurer, or kid at heart. Here is a story that begins with tragedy that leads a family on an adventure that helps them not only cope with loss but discover courage and strength to battle the evil Elf King. A wonderful adventure with elements of fantasy and scifi. I have recommended this book countless times and kids always come back asking for more.

Jan 03, 2018

nice illustration. i have read no. 2 and 3 already no.4 on hold. it always leaves you on a cliffhanger which i really like. Overall i think its a great book!

Aug 22, 2017

I was a bit bored at the beginning but after I really enjoyed it.

Jul 24, 2017

Sad start, but a good book and I would recommend it :)

Oct 29, 2016

I havent finished reading this book and I just placed a hold on it and I'm second in line and I cant wait to read the book again.

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Jun 23, 2015

good book

kidangel Aug 26, 2014

The Stonekeeper By Kazu Kibuishi is about a family transitioning into a new life. After the death of their father, Emily and Navin are the main characters and their mom move into their deceased grandfather's house. This house is eerie and dangerous.Before long, a sinister creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Emily and Navin race after the monster, not wanting to lose their mother. when they enter a new world filled with demons robots, and talking animals, They enlist the help of a robot called Miskit. now with the chance to save someone she loves, with the help of Miskit, Emily faces the most terrifying of all


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