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Bone: Quest for the Spark, Vol. 1 (Bone: Quest for the Spark #1)

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A return to the enthralling world of BONE with book one in this gripping spin-off novel trilogy, illustrated in four-color!

Twelve-year-old Tom Elm is just an ordinary turnip farmer from the Valley, but he's always felt destined for something bigger. So when he discovers everyone in his village is asleep and plagued by nightmares, he assembles a band of unlikely heroes. Th

Paperback, 224 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by GRAPHIX (first published July 12th 2009)
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Harold Smithson (Suicide punishable by Death)
(edited because I wrote the first review when I was in high school)

Jeff Smith's bone is a comic series that I consider to be the best modern epic fantasy series, and arguably the only good one. I found it during my childhood and was hooked since. I reread part of the series in order to see if it was simply childhood ignorance that made the series so good, and I discovered that, though the series was not quite the masterpiece I had previously thought it was the comic was still good.

I had finished
Jake Wavra
Mar 31, 2015 Jake Wavra rated it it was ok
Being a fan of the original Bone graphic novels, I was excited to read the new illustrated novel series. I think its a great idea to expand the storyline in novel form, periodically illustrating along the way. The downside is that I felt the writing was a bit blasé. The original Bone graphic novels tastefully incorporated complex themes while targeting a younger audience. Quest For The Spark, however, seemed to have the feel of a poorly written Star Wars movie with Jar Jar Binks as the main char ...more
Jennifer Rayment
Jan 24, 2011 Jennifer Rayment rated it really liked it
Jake's Review: Mom this is awesome, I really like the new story. I miss hearing about the other Bone guys, but these new characters are interesting too. I really didn't like the dead rat (that's my boy) but everything else was pretty cool. Some of it was a little scary for me though and I wished there were more pictures, like in the original series. I can't wait to read the rest of the series -- when are they coming out -- what do you mean you don't know -- some Librarian you are (mom's note: no ...more
Feb 03, 2011 Damon rated it it was ok
This really wasn't very good. It was obviously targeting a much younger audience (like 7) than I was anticipating, and the story really suffers for it. It's also more of a snippet of a book than a complete story - you can make the print as big as you want and stuff in some pictures - that doesn't make it not seem like you only published the first 3rd of your book. The illustrations are another bad spot, surprisingly - Jeff Smith's stuff is usually very painstakingly rendered, but these look more ...more
Jan 23, 2013 Paul rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, novels
I really, really wanted to like this as I was hoping to get a good "Bone" fix... er maybe that didn't come out right :-)
Sadly, the story isn't all that good although I get that it's probably addressed to a younger audience than me... but then again, the oriiginal Bone books managed to address an all-ages audienc, so why couldn't this one? The Jeff Smith illustrations are nice, but they're just not the Bone cousins. The fact that it ends on a cliff-hanger also didn't help as I was not motivated t
Mar 15, 2015 Karissa rated it really liked it
This is the first book in the Quest for the Spark trilogy. This is a chapter book with some pictures that picks up some time after the events in Jeff Smith’s Bone graphic novel series. I enjoyed it and loved revisiting some of the characters from the Bone series.

Tom is a twelve year old turnip farmer who is suddenly plagued by bad dreams after he finds a strange rock. He ends up discovering that it is up to him to assemble an unlikely group of heroes and go on a quest to recover the light-giving
Jul 15, 2014 Fizzgig76 rated it liked it
Tom Elm is part of a lowly turnip farming family in the Valley. When Tom begins to suffer nightmares in the Dreaming, he learns something called the Nacht is slowing invading the Valley and causing people to fall asleep. Tom learns that a rock he discovered is a piece of something called the Spark and that the Spark must be found to stop the Nacht. With the help of a Veni Yan warrior named Randolph Clearmedow, a plant woman named Lorimar, Roderick the Raccoon, and the arrival of three Bones name ...more
Mar 28, 2014 Ethan rated it really liked it
Have you ever wondered what would happen if the world was consumed by darkness? Or maybe that there is an evil presence brewing, ready to take over the world? I certainly hope not, but that is the exact scenario that is taking place in the Valley. To save the world, an unlikely team of a priest, two bone children, an adventurer and a turnip farmer must embark on a journey none of them have ever experienced before.
If you have read the original Bone series, you will love this spin-off. The author
Kelly Ketcham
Caution- This book is a little different from the usual Bone graphic novels. There are a lot more words and a lot less pictures. However, this would be a great way to transition students into more challenging books if they are already hooked on the Bone series.

Audience and Application- This graphic novel is intended for 5th-7th graders. This would be a good book to get my reluctant readers interested in reading. It would also be a good book for a read aloud because students who enjoy the book,
Jocelyn Aguilar
Jun 02, 2016 Jocelyn Aguilar rated it liked it
it is a very good book because it has a lot of action. this is a white looking thing goes on a quest to find a spark. I recommend this book to people that like reading about adventures things.
Stephen Kacir
Jul 24, 2015 Stephen Kacir rated it liked it
I think this story has real potential, but would've worked one hundred percent better adapted as a graphic novel rather than a novel with a few illustrations. The text is sparse and has a little too much repetition and passive voice. The book needs better character development. A lot of that could have been accomplished in illustrations easily, but the book reads like a script where the details would be left to the artist. It's not a bad book, but it doesn't compare to "Bone" or "Tall Tales." It ...more
Michelle Bridges
Jun 08, 2014 Michelle Bridges rated it it was ok
This is a spin off of the bone series. It was confusing at first, meeting all these characters and only later finding out how they were connected. It's not a graphic novel, but there are some full color illustrations. It's a good fantasy adventure story about a boy named tom who with some help from some Bones, a warrior priest, and two rat creatures must save the world from the evil Nacht who wants to turn the whole world into a bad dream. There were some scary parts and concepts so I would reco ...more
Jun 29, 2015 Rithik rated it it was amazing
It was one of the funnest books i have ever read
David Edmonds
Apr 06, 2011 David Edmonds rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2011
Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book 1 is a great followup to the Bone series. Thorn is queen and there has been peace in the Valley since the events of Bone. However, that is until people in the village start falling asleep and never waking up, including Queen Thorn.

Enter 12-year-old Tom Elm, turnip farmer. There isn't much about Tom that is extraordinary, except for his belief that he is destined for something greater. The destiny becomes apparent when the Dreaming chooses Tom to be their champion
I first heard of the BONE books when I worked in a bookstore two years ago. Kids and parents would come into the store all the time looking for them, and I heard numerous stories about how they were wonderful and perfect for reluctant readers (it’s the pictures, you know). Surprisingly, I never picked one up to read and have still not read any of the Bone books – until now.

QUEST FOR THE SPARK is different from the original BONE books in that it’s primarily a novel with pictures spaced throughout
Jan 30, 2011 katsok rated it really liked it
I have to confess, I haven't read, really read, one of the Bone Graphic novels. I always meant to, but I'd buy them, bring them in, and kids would snatch them up. I've skimmed them, have an overall idea of what's going on, but haven't read any in depth.

So flash forward to a trip to Barnes and Nobel yesterday. I was wondering what this "Bone" book was doing out of the graphic novel section. Then I realized it was a novel! Holy cow, kids are going to flip tomorrow. I knew I had to read it this we
Nicola Mansfield
Feb 21, 2011 Nicola Mansfield rated it really liked it
Reason for Reading: I plan on reading "Bone" the graphic series this year, I've read one, just received the first 3 in the mail. And the idea of a new Bone story in chapter book form was intriguing. Plus I love Jeff Smith's illustrations.

So, as I've said I'm new to the Bone universe only having read one book at the time of this review, "Tall Tales". I loved it and I know for purest of the series it's not exactly known for being one of the best of the series. So I know I'm in for a treat.

That sai
Oct 21, 2011 Janaan rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy, adventure, humour
I picked up this book, because I read the other Bone books and it was really thrilling. So, when I started to read this book, boy was I in for a shock! The original Bone Books were graphic novels, but now it's just a novel with the occaisonal picture in it. The graphics was one of Bone's unique identity. Before it stood out and said " Look, I'm a Leader!", but now it says " Whopeee... I'm a follower..." The story otherwise still has the same charm to it. It's about how 12-yrs old Tom was chosen ...more
My first disappointment on opening this is that it's an illustrated novel, not a comic. And, it's not written by Jeff Smith, though it is set in the Boneville world and has many of the same characters (including Gran'ma Ben, Rat Creatures, and some new Bones). It is beautifully designed with full-page, color illustrations (by Jeff Smith) which I liked, but the story is nothing new for fantasy fans: a great darkness is spreading, a young hero and his wacky side-kick's/companions are chosen, they ...more
Nov 03, 2011 Flynn rated it it was amazing
This book takes place three years after the events of the series Bones. A new evil emerged in the dreaming world. People in the whole valley are caught in nightmares and unable to wake up Tom Elm turnip farmer boy who longs to be a knight at Queen Thorn’s castle, when the nightmares trapped his family in a deadly sleep Tom Elm is chosen by the dreaming to go on a mission along with Roderick the raccoon. Percival Bone an explorer is searching for the mysterious valley along with his niece and nep ...more
Ryan King
Aug 29, 2012 Ryan King rated it really liked it
So, when I heard that a new tale in Jeff Smith's epic Bone-universe was coming out,I was excited. Elated even. Then, when I heard that the books were going to be in novel form and written by Tom Sniegoski, I was a bit concerned. Skeptical even. Sure, Sniegoski had previously dabbled in Jeff Smith's world on Bones and Rat Creatures with Stupid, Stupid Rat Tails, but this was not going to be Jeff Smith, nor was it going to be his beautiful art in graphic novel form.

Well, I'm pleased to say that ul
Nov 20, 2011 Kathy added it
Luke LaShelle Reviewer

Tom Elm is a son of a turnip farmer and his father expects him to become one too, but Tom wants to become a castle guard for Queen Thorn. Rodrick is Toms pet raccoon and when he was a baby rat creatures had killed his parents. Percival F. Bone is a brave adventurist who would never back away from a chance of finding the great valley, and has a great sky ship named “The queen of the sky”. Abby and Barclay are twins who seek adventure like their uncle, but when they were baby
Steven Withrow
Jun 29, 2011 Steven Withrow rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, and I'm looking forward to the rest of the series. This one hovers between 3 and 4 stars for me, and I'm hesitant to criticize this too harshly, as I really did have fun reading it. My big wish is that Jeff Smith might have world enough and time to draw these stories as comics based on Tom Sniegoski's scripts, as they did in the TALL TALES collection. Much of the magic and humor of BONE is visual, and while Sniegoski does yeoman's work here, with much to be commended in terms ...more
Andy Shuping
Sep 19, 2011 Andy Shuping rated it liked it
Shelves: graphic-novel
Just so people are aware...this isn't really a graphic novel, it's more like an illustrated book set in the Bone universe.

We come back to the Valley and while things are ancient enemy has awoken. A dragon named Nacht has invaded the Dreaming, taken it over, and is now threatening the waking world as well. Queen Thorn has already fallen victim to this enemy and Gran'ma Ben isn't feeling to hot herself. Who will stop Nacht? The Dreaming has an answer and has called upon young Tom Elm,
Anthony R
Mar 06, 2013 Anthony R rated it it was amazing
This book is SO good. I love this book so much and very highly recommend reading and purchasing this book and the other two books along with the whole graphic novel series (I own all 3 novels and all 9 graphic novels).
It is written by the man who helped with bone:tall tales and he is very good at making a story just like Mr.smith. it is about 3 bones (barclay, abby, and percival) are trying to make a balloon powered ship that floats in the air to see if the place called the valley exists and ar
Feb 15, 2012 Jeff rated it really liked it
Shelves: fantasy
More of an illustrated novel than a graphic novel, this is another adventure in the Valley with another family from Boneville, this time Percival F. Bone and his twin neice and nephew, Abbey and Barclay.

Thorn is now Queen of the land, but evil is trying once again to claim the world in the form of the shadowy Nacht and his power to drop everyone into a deep, restless, nightmare filled sleep. Everyone, that is, except the Bones, Tom Elm - turnip farmer - a disillusioned Veni Yan warrior priest,,
Aug 15, 2011 Becky rated it really liked it
Ages 9 and up. A novelization of the popular graphic novels. The Nacht, a dark force overtaking the "real" world, has come out of the magical world of the Dreaming and put most of the humans into a deep sleep. An unlikely group of would-be heroes have been drawn together by the vision of Tom Elm, a turnip farmer who found a fragment of the Spark in a turnip. A warrior priest, a Bone explorer and his niece and nephew, and the last remaining First Folk from the world of the Dreaming, set out on a ...more
Christopher Alvarado
Oct 07, 2015 Christopher Alvarado rated it it was amazing
I loved the book because I love the bone books and I like how it continues to keep on going with new books like this one this why. I love bone books they are funny too and it has a lot of adventure with the books. And this is why I love bone books.
Apr 21, 2016 Loopy rated it liked it
The writing was meh, and the characters were annoying, especially Tom. His character felt like nails driving under my skin. It's like the writer was trying to make flawed, and failed miserably.
Dec 21, 2015 Yifan rated it really liked it
At first I thought this book would be very boring since I thought it was a comic book like the normal Bone series. But then once I started reading it, I got really into it.
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