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After the tragic death of their father, Emily and Navin move with their mother to the home of her deceased great-grandfather. The strange house proves to be dangerous. Before long, a tentacled creature lures the kids' mom through a door in the basement. Em and Navin, desperate not to lose her, follow her into a fantastical world inhabited by robots, mysterious plants, and talking animals. It's up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother's life!

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Amulet Vol 1


By Kazu Kibuishi 

  • Original Graphic Novel 
  • Publisher : Graphix (Scholastic)
  • Release :  1/1/2008
  • Softcover: 192 pages
  • Dimensions : 6.0″ x 9.0″
  • Reading Age : 8 – 12 years 
  • MSRP : $12.99
8.5 CAP Rating

Discovering the Next Great Kids Epic

After concluding an epic reading of Jeff Smith’s “Bone” saga with my kids (8 &10), I went to our local Barnes & Noble and the employee there recommended we try Amulet and Hilda. I picked up both books. I saw the blurb by Jeff Smith “You can look for a future review on Hilda. 

My sons beat me to the punch and finished the book first. My youngest (8) sped through the entire series. I finished the first book and was very excited about the world building and characters. I was immediately engaged with the story and I look forward to reading future volumes. 

"Five--no, three pages into Amulet and you'll be hooked."

About the Author

I researched Kabuishi but could not find a comprehensive list of his accolades in the space. It appears he received notable recognition for his works on “The Train”, “Copper”, and “Flight”. He received two Eisner nominations, a YALSA RECIPIENT, and three Harvey nominations (including one win).

About the Series

Kabuishi’s Amulet series is by far his most popular work. The series as a whole enjoys a 4.9 customer review rating on Amazon and a 4.52 on Goodreads. 


  • American Library Association (ALA) Best Books for Young Adults
  • Children’s Choice Book Awards finalist
  • 2009 Young Adult Library Services Association (YASLA) “Best Books for Young Adults – Fiction” (12-18)
  • 2009 Eisner nomination for “Best Publication for Kids (8-12)”
  • 2011 Harvey nomination for “Best Publication for Younger Readers”
  • 2011 Young Readers Choice Award 
  • 2013 Eisner nomination for Best Publication for Kids (8-12)
  • 2015 School Library Journal (ALJ) Best Graphic Novel 
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