Claudette is a sword swinging action girl determined to save her town from an evil giant that lives outside the town walls – a giant that has been terrorizing the townfolk by raiding for its favorite food…baby feet! All the adults want to think the wall is good enough protection. Claudette thinks the best defense is a good offense. She recruits her friend Marie, who aspires to be a princess, her little brother Gaston, who aspires to be a chef, and her pug Valiant, to sneak out of town and kick some giant booty.
Being brave means that even if you are scared, you can still look fear in the eyes and tell it…I’m going to kick your ever-lovin’butt! (page 92)
Claudette’s rag tag band of giant warriors faces certain death at the hands of the apple hag, the river king and the baby feet eating giant himself…and discover that they are braver, tougher, smarter, more loyal and the best friends EVER! A perfect graphic novel adventure for you if you like Amelia Rules! or The Secret Science Alliance.
Emily, her brother Navin and their bunch of Star Wars inspired friends; humans, robots, animals and elves, head to Cielis, the home of the Guardian Council of Stonekeepers, a group of the most powerful Stonekeepers. Emily hopes she’ll find help there in her battle against the Elf King.
You want to know the first clue something is wrong when you arrive in a strange city? When your host separates you from your friends. Bad. Instead of getting any help, or even anyone to listen to her fears about the rise of the Elf King, Emily finds herself entered into a competition between Stonekeepers to earn a spot on the Council. It’s a little like Hunger Games actually…kids battling it out in a do or die competition. The problem is, Emily doesn’t WANT to be on the Council and she doesn’t want to fight either. But someone in the group IS looking for a fight and is willing to sell integrity itself to win. Emily might not be looking for a fight, but the fight is looking for her.
Meanwhile, her loyal band of friends is on the hunt for her. You can divide this group, but it won’t last long, and don’t think conquering them will be easy either! Note: Miskit STILL my favorite and he isn’t even IN this volume that much. I need a loyal pink bunny robot friend with brains. He’s got Emily’s back plus, he knows how to drive and repair space ships…Chewbacca style. Hopefully more of him in #5. Learn how to draw that cutie in the video below. Author: Kazu Kibuishi
Here are the first three Amulet books and one more, The Mystery Boxes…which is edited by Kazu Kibuishi. In this one several different graphic novel authors imagine a story about a mystery box and what might or might not be inside it:
Sassy Amelia is back in another book that clearly shows Mr. Gownley remembers EXACTLY what it’s like to be in Middle School and figure out that really, “fair” just doesn’t exist. Amelia’s visiting the principal a little too often again…language, tardiness, mumbling under her breath, constantly testing the boundaries, etc.
Amelia finally asks her teacher, “Mr. Henderson? Can I ask you something? Why on earth would anyone want to be a teacher? I mean seriously…if I had to go to school every day for the rest of my life…I’d go catch a bus with my face.” (page 63)
That Amelia, she holds nothing back! The one thing that IS good about school though, is Amelia’s friends: Reggie, Rhonda, Pajamaman, & Joan…even her new friends on the cheerleading squad. Amelia gets an idea of the meaning of life and what’s important, everyday with her friends. I’d love to go to school with them.
Favorite line? When Rhonda confronts the mean girl who denies ever doing anything mean, “You’re a nightmare! If I were a Jedi, I’d have force choked you a year ago.” (page 118) Whoa!, that Rhonda, she doesn’t hold back either, no wonder she and Amelia are such good friends! Author: Jimmy Gownley
Nate ends up in detention again but it isn’t his fault, it’s Artur’s fault. Nate loses his skateboard but it isn’t his fault, it’s Artur’s fault. Nate’s still in love with Jenny but she doesn’t love him back…and IT’S ARTUR’S FAULT.
When Artur misunderstand’s Nate and leads Nate’s archnemesis Gina to believe Nate loves HER…well, that is definitely Artur’s fault and Nate has had it up to HERE with Artur! Artur “Mr. Perfect.” Artur “Mr. Always has the answer the teacher wants.” Artur “Mr. the Guy who is dating Jenny”…which is just WRONG.
When the Timber Scouts announce a new fundraising effort with the top prize being a new customized skateboard, Nate is determined to beat Artur and win that skateboard. Since Nate thinks the wall hangings he’s supposed to sell are lame, he decides to make as much money as he can doing what he wants and then use THAT money to buy enough wall hangings to beat Artur. As Spongebob would say, “Patrick, your genius is showing!” As usual, Nate’s genius gets him into all kinds of trouble! Author: Lincoln Peirce