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Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse: 03/08/10
Amulet: The StonekKeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi made it to the Cybils short list of the middle grades graphic novels. It was in a tight race all the way to the final vote with the winner.
I hadn't read the first book. My first impression was the artwork which seemed to be a good match to the teen winner, Gunnerkrieg Court (review coming) in terms of style not necessarily substance. The next thing that struck me was that I had come into the middle of something big and would want to go back to read the first in the series.
The pacing of The Stonekeeper's Curse is faster than the first book. No time is wasted on introducing characters or the world or even the new city they visit. There just isn't time because the elves are behind them and they want the stone. So there's a lot of running and hiding and it feels very much like a typical Doctor Who episode.
Author Kazu Kibuishi is based in Alhambra, California, close to where Ian and I were living before we moved to the Bay Area. I have since gone back and read the first Amulet book and will keep my eyes open for the next in the series.