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Book Club Kits: Amulet Book 1: The Stone Keeper

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Book Summary

The Stonekeeper is the first volume in the Amulet series.  It sets the stage for Emily and Navin’s adventure. We learn of their father’s death and their subsequent move to their great-grandfather’s disheveled house. It is here Emily finds the Amulet, and Emily, Navin, and their mom Karen are taken to Alledia, an alternate world. In Alledia, they meet their great-grandfather, Silas Charnon, and his assistants, who help maintain the house in this alternate world. These assistants include Miskit, a talented rabbit, and robots named Cogsley, Ruby, and Morrie. Emily and her family quickly learn that they were destined to save this alternate world from as yet unknown evil.

Discussion Questions

  1. How do Emily and her family deal with her father’s death?
  2. Think of a power that you would like to have. How would you use it? For example, strength, reading minds, or walking through walls.
  3. What would you do if a necklace started talking to you? Would you follow what it was saying?
  4. Why do you think the amulet chose Emily? Silas says that he knew she wouldn’t let him down. Do you think Emily will be a good stonekeeper?
  5. Would you have gone along with what the amulet says or would you try to figure out something on your own? What do you think would have happened to Emily and Navin is Emily had rejected her role as the stonekeeper?
  6. Emily almost gives into anger and destroys the elf, but something in the amulet tells her she’s making a mistake. Why do you think she stopped herself from giving into her anger? Do you think this is something she’ll have to struggle with throughout the series?
  7. Who was your favorite character and why?
  8. How do you think the story would be different if it wasn’t a graphic novel? What do the pictures add to the story?
  9. If you could build any kind of robot, what kind would you build and why?
  10. What do you think will happen in future books?

About the Author

Kazu Kibuishi is the creator of the #1 New York Times bestselling Amulet series. He is also the founder and editor of the acclaimed Flight anthologies as well as the creator of Copper, a collection of his popular webcomic. Kazu illustrated the covers of the 2013 paperback editions of the Harry Potter series in celebration of the 15th anniversary. Kazu lives and works in Alhambra, California, with his wife and fellow comics artist, Amy Kim Kibuishi, and their children.