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Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper

Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper

The StonekeeperA car accident has left Emily and Navin without a father. In an effort to start fresh and ease financial pressure, the kids’ mom moves them all to a new city to a mysterious old house that has been in their family for many years. It is the home of their Great Grandpa Silas, a man who locked himself up in the house many years ago…and was never seen again. (Can you say haunted?)

Inside the house the kids find blueprints and interesting looking machines…robot looking machines. On their first night, with the power out and unusual noises coming from the basement, the kids’ mom ventures into the basement to find out what is making such a racket. “Ill be back quickly. I promise.” Huh. Famous last words.

When their mother does not return quickly, Navin and Emily follow her into the basement and are lead into a new world that includes a tentacled creature that his kidnapped their mom. To get her back, the kids team up with some of Great Grandpa Silas’s creations – the robots Miskit, Morrie and Cogsley. Annnd, they have at their disposal a house built by Grandpa Silas…a house that is in fact a transformer. It can transform into a giant robot and move on their command!

The Stonekeeper is the beginning of a great adventure story pitting good against evil – using their wits, relying on their new friends and learning how to use Grandpa Silas’s eccentric and imaginative mechanical creations is all part of the fun. Author: Kazu Kibuishi

#1 Amulet Book One: The Stonekeeper
#2 Amulet Book Two: The Stonekeeper’s Curse
#3 Amulet Book Three: The Cloud Searchers
#4 Amulet Book Four: The Last Council

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Into the Volcano

Into the Volcano

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Duffy and Sumo get sent to the principal’s office (bad). Once they get there, they find out their Dad is taking them out of school (good!) to go on an island vacation (even better!). But, their dad isn’t going on the trip (bad). Their travelling companion is instead an enormous, silent bald man in sunglasses (what?).

Their adventure begins in a limo and private jet with all the chili-fries they can eat. It continues in a disabled speedboat heading for rocky cliffs and a life or death race through the lava filled tunnels of an active volcano!

Duffy and Sumo are not at all prepared for the physical and mental tests that their adventure brings.  They also are not prepared for the truth – the truth that is the reason they end up inside a volcano. And also, there is treasure, did I mention that? This is a colorful, action-packed graphic novel – make sure you click on the look inside link – once you start, you can’t put it down. Author: Don Wood

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Amelia Rules! When the Past is a Present

Amelia Rules! When the Past is a Present

When the Past is a Present

I mean, she really does. Rule I mean. If I were ten again I would want to live in Amelia’s neighborhood. I’d want Amelia to be my friend. She isn’t perfect, but she’s authentic. That means she’s not fake. She doesn’t lie or talk behind your back. She says what she means…even if she might have to apologize later. She’s got your back and you’d cover hers too.

Amelia’s comic book world is probably a lot like yours. Parents get divorced, kids go to school, play sports, go to dances at school, have to move away, or have problems at home. Homework gets done…and doesn’t get done. Parents listen…and sometimes don’t listen. Through all this, Amelia has her friends, Rhonda, Reggie, Pajamaman, Joan, Sunday and Kyle to help her figure it all out. Life can be tough, but with good friends and family, Amelia (and you) can tough it out and even have a lot of fun. Author: Jimmy Gownley

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Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel’s Revenge

Rapunzel's Revenge

This Rapunzel is no princess in distress waiting to be rescued, in fact, she’s an Old West cowgirl ready for action. She can handle those braids like Indiana Jones and his whip. When Rapunzel discovers that she is indeed strandard in the tower until death, she makes a daring escape and discovers the truth about her stay in the tower and about what lies behind the wall that encircles her kingdom. She sets out to right the many wrongs that have been done against her and the people she cares about. This one is a graphic novel – it looks like a comic book inside. Take a look at the excerpt to see what I mean – it is action packed and a lot of fun! Author: Shannon Hale Illustrator: Nathan Hale

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The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

This 550 page novel has a big surprise once you open it…the fact that many of the pages are pictures!  It’s a little bit like reading, and then turning the pages like a little movie, and then reading some more.  The pictures are drawn from interesting angles and perspectives and are as much fun as the story.  It is not a pictures book, but an illustrated novel, like a comic book or graphic novel.

12 year-old Hugo is an orphan living in a train station in Paris, but he doesn’t live out in the bustle of the station, he lives in the walls!  Hugo is an appretice to the clock keeper, who happens to be Hugo’s uncle, but the uncle has disappeared leaving Hugo to tend the clocks.  Afraid of being discovered, Hugo continues to do his uncle’s job collecting his uncle’s paychecks, even though he can’t cash them.  Hugo scavenges for food and sometimes has to steal.  Hugo has a big job just to survive alone, but in his free time, Hugo enjoys working on a project begun by his father.  He tinkers with a mechanical man, called an automaton (a robot), trying to get it to work.  The small mechanical parts of the automaton are like the parts in the clock…each piece fitting with the next piece to make the machine work correctly.  Hugo’s life is like one of these mechanical pieces… he just doesn’t know where his piece fits with the next…until he meets a girl and a crotchety toy shop owner…then the pieces of his life begin to fit together. Author & Illustrator: Brian Selznick

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