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The Stonekeeper by Kazu Kibuishi
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Jan 17, 2010

bookshelves: 2010, j-comics
Read in January, 2010

Navin and Emily's father died in a tragic car accident several years ago, and now they - along with their mother - are starting a new life in an old house out in the country. Navin accepts the move with an easy-going good nature, but Emily is more resistant. To her, the change feels like running away. Nevertheless, neither child can deny that the house they are moving into is pretty cool. It has been in their family for generations, and is filled with a treasure trove of bizarre objects on account of the previous owner's occupation as a puzzle-maker. On their first day in the house, Emily discovers a strange amulet, which she immediately claims as her own. The amulet is far from being a harmless trinket, though - it seems to have opened to door to a parallel universe. A slimy, tentacled beast emerges from this other dimension and promptly steals their mother. Now Navin and Emily must navigate this unfamiliar world to reclaim their mother. The amulet will give them some guidance, but it's really Emily's choices and actions that will determine the outcome. Will she succeed?

Probably the best J comic I've read since Into the Volcano. Love the color illustrations, and I love the almost constant action. Very gripping and very moving (especially the first scene, where the car accident occurs). Leaves with a huge cliffhanger, which is definite assurance that readers will continue on to volume 2. Highly recommended!
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