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Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse by Kazu Kibuishi
Arthur's New Puppy by Marc Brown
Brideshead Revisited by Evelyn Waugh
Cat Dreams by Urusla K. Le Guin and S. D. Schindler (illustrator)
Clementina's Cactus by Ezra Jack Keats
Creepy Crawly Crime by Aaron Reynolds and Neil Numberman
Dinosaur Train by John Steven Gurney
Duma Key by Stephen King
Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia by Edgar Allan Poe and Gris Grimly
Frankie Pickle and the Closet of Doom by Eric Wight
Gravitation Volume 2 by Maki Murakami
Gunnerkrigg Court: Orientation by Tom Siddell
Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
Hour of the Olympics (Magic Tree House #16) by Mary Pope Osborne
If You Take a Mouse to the Movies by Laura Numeroff and Felicia Bond
Is it Just Me or is Everything Shit? by Steve Lowe and Alan McArthur
Henry's 100 Days of Kindergarten by Nancy Carlson
Hip Cat by Jonathan London
Knuckleboom Loaders Load Logs by Joyce Slayton-Mitchell
The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl
King Matt the First by Janusz Korczak
Muse and Reverie by Charles de Lint
The Mystery of Grace by Charles de Lint
No Mad by Sam Moffie
Odd and the Frost Giants by Neil Gaiman
Pharaoh's Flowers by H. Nigel Hepper
Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
Private Eye by Albert E. Cowdrey
Return of the Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
Salmon Doubts by Adam Sacks
The Shrinking of Treehorn by Florence Parry Heide
The Silent Boy by Lois Lowry
Snowfall by Jessie Thompson
Songwood by Marc Laidlaw
Sun of Suns by Karl Schroeder
Tonight on the Titanic (Magic Tree House #17) by Mary Pope Osborne
What Pete Ate from A to Z by Maira Kalman
When Cats Dream by Dav Pilkey

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

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Comments for Amulet 2: The Stonekeeper's Curse

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Death and Dementia cover art (Link goes to Powells)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.

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