Amulet, a Graphic Novel review and giveaway + $25 for more

by 5 Minutes for Books

Amulet is a graphic novel series designed for middle-grade readers. In the prologue for The Stonekeeper (Amulet, Book 1), Emily and her parents are in a terrible car accident while on their way to pick up her little brother, and her father dies. Fast forward a few years to when her mother decides to take the 2 children to live in an old family home in the country. The house belonged to the children’s great-grandfather who mysteriously disappeared many years earlier. No sooner have they arrived when Emily finds a mysterious amulet that fastens itself around her neck, from which issues a mysterious voice that tells her to protect her family. That night, noises from the basement send her mother down to investigate, where she is kidnapped by a strange squid-like creature and taken away to the land of Alledia, where great adventures await them all.

The children of course follow, and find themselves in a house that replicates the one they just left behind, which is populated by strange robotic creatures built by their great-grandfather. Emily soon begins to learn more about the strange power of the amulet. The first book lays the groundwork for the base, but in the second book things begin to really happen. Emily gains a helper and learns more about the parameters of the stone; she has to learn to control it or it will control her. She learns some of the history of Alledia, and begins to see that there may be more to her calling than simply helping rescue her mother and brother.

This series would be good for reluctant readers, both boys and girls. There’s lots of fighting, a powerful but evil Elf King who is out to kill the children and gain access to the amulet’s power, underground resistance fighters, anthropomorphic creatures, mysterious curses, and lots more. Although I’ve only read the first two, Scholastic has just released the fourth in the series, and it looks good. You can watch the book trailer to get a detailed look at this magical story:

I wanted my son Abel to read the books and tell me what he thought, since he’s a graphic novel fan. Here’s what he said:

Amulet is a fun graphic novel series with cool characters and a good storyline. It’s meant more for younger ages but I still enjoyed it. I’m 14 and I like graphic novels a lot. Leon the Bounty Hunter is a great character—he’s a great fighter but he’s also wise. He’s a fox. I recommend these books.

You can find out more and check out some cool extras at the Amulet site.

We’re pleased to announce that 3 of you will win copies of Amulet #4: The Last Council PLUS a $25 Visa card to buy more graphic novels for the young readers in your life (or for yourself; I won’t tell). Enter to win by leaving a comment below. We’ll announce the winners on November 14.

The winners of the hilarious marriage manual If It Was Easy. . . . are #83 Stacey and #84 Amy.

5 Minutes for Books staff reviewer Elizabeth admits that even if she had a powerful stone she would probably use it on something disappointingly prosaic like laundry. Read more at her blog Planet Nomad.

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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

1 June October 31, 2011 at 9:52 am

This book sounds like a great story to read to the little neighbor children of mine, they love books.


2 Angela Maas October 31, 2011 at 9:57 am

My son would love these. I’d be super happy to win. :)


3 Mami2jcn October 31, 2011 at 9:58 am

These books look fun!


4 Elisabeth October 31, 2011 at 11:23 am

The little boy I take care of would love this series I think!


5 Rishi October 31, 2011 at 12:46 pm

Nice post – thanks for the giveaway!


6 Liz V. October 31, 2011 at 1:12 pm

A friend’s son would be thrilled to have this. Thanks for the chance.


7 shelly October 31, 2011 at 1:49 pm

My son loves graphic novels. Thx for the chance!


8 Rebecca October 31, 2011 at 4:24 pm

The book looks great! :)I I would love to share it with my daughter. We both like graphic novels and this looks like an engaging read. Good review!


9 LIB October 31, 2011 at 5:55 pm

Hey–I don’t think there’s anything ‘disappointingly prosaic’ about using a magic amulet for laundry! Especially if the clean clothes folded/hung up themselves and put themselves away.


10 Beth C October 31, 2011 at 7:45 pm

Sounds interesting to me! I know my 13 year old grandson would also love it! Thanks!


11 Melissa P. November 1, 2011 at 9:35 am

My nephew is an avid reader and I know he would love this book.


12 tennille November 1, 2011 at 11:28 am

great review-hadn’t heard of this series


13 Kim Kelly November 1, 2011 at 2:36 pm

I love graphic novels :) The series sounds interesting, could get the rest of the books with the gift card :)


14 Orangeheromama November 1, 2011 at 4:22 pm

My eldest daughter LOVES anime and Amulet! She’d LOVE to win this!! <3


15 Kathy Stevenson November 1, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I would love to win this for my niece!


16 Carol M November 1, 2011 at 6:12 pm

I know my granddaughter would just love to read this! Thank you!


17 Carole M November 1, 2011 at 11:29 pm

I have a graphic novel lover in my life who I think would really enjoy this.


18 Terra Heck November 2, 2011 at 12:31 am

I think my two boys would enjoy reading this book. Thanks.


19 Happymomc November 2, 2011 at 10:06 am

Would love to win!


20 Anash November 3, 2011 at 7:07 am

this looks like an interesting read to sit by the window snuggled up with some hot cocoa!
Thanks for this splendid giveaway


21 Barb November 3, 2011 at 11:25 am

Sounds like a book my 12-year-old reluctant reader would enjoy!


22 DogEar November 4, 2011 at 10:49 am

This is an excellent series with beautiful illustrations. Thanks for the opportunity!


23 Mary Preston November 4, 2011 at 11:33 pm

I know my children would love this. Thank you for this great opportunity.



24 Beth November 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm

My nephew would like this!


25 clarissa November 6, 2011 at 12:15 pm

my children are huge reading fans, i would love to buy them some books!


26 MrsB_Reads November 8, 2011 at 8:16 pm

Sounds like another great graphic novel that I want to read!


27 Dianne November 8, 2011 at 9:05 pm

This would be an excellent addtion to my daughter’s classroom library. She teaches middle school reading and many of her children come from homes with no books. They thrive on the books she offers them.


28 Staci A November 9, 2011 at 9:53 am

This sounds like a book my son would adore! Thanks for the chance to enter!


29 Melissa N. November 10, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My best friends daughter would love this! Thanks so much for the chance! :)


30 Liz November 11, 2011 at 11:24 am

I think this would be fun for my husband and kids to read together.


31 Megan Earley November 12, 2011 at 9:13 am

The kids in my library love graphic novels! I’d love to share this with them!
mearley1979 at gmail dot com


32 Jan November 12, 2011 at 9:19 am

My daughters both work in middle schools, and they love graphic novels for their students. This is a great giveaway!


33 Angela E. November 18, 2011 at 2:51 pm

I know there are some kid’s in this house hold that would like reading this book.


34 cheap and good backlinks November 20, 2011 at 7:05 am

ive checked this cool site a couple of times now and i have to say that i have found it quite good actually. continue doing what youre doing! ;)


35 Lindsey September 24, 2012 at 5:51 pm

I am a teacher at a school for the Deaf. Our kids struggle to read because it’s a second language to them. Books like these graphic novels bring reading to a visual field that they can understand and get involved with reading. I absolutely love these books because it inspires these kids to WANT to find out what happens next. Our library can’t keep them on the shelves because the kids are always checking them out.


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