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Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves

Amulet Book 5Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves
By: Kazu Kibuishi
Publisher: Graphix
Format: Softcover, 6 x 9, 208 pages, Full Color, $12.99
ISBN: 978-0-54520-889-5

Amulet is like a savory bottle of wine. Cliché or not, this series gets better with age. From the first book to this fifth, latest addition Kazu Kibuishi is quickly becoming one of the most creative and inspiring graphic novelists and storytellers of our time.  

To begin, let's take a quick snapshot look back at the story so far. Following her father's death in Amulet 1, Emily, her mother, and her brother Navin are simply trying to honor her father's memory and still move on. To do so, they move into their deceased great grandfather's old (and surprisingly!) strange house. Just who was her great grandfather?, Emily wonders. While Emily tries to figure out what is so strange about this house and her great grandfather, a mysterious creature lures her mother through a door in the basement. Fearful of loosing their mother so soon after loosing their father, Emily and Navin are determined to brave an entrance through the basement door in order to rescue her.  

On the other side of the door, Emily and Navin encounter a world full of giants and man-eating demons, a talking fox, a mechanical robot, and a house that is actually alive and able to move and transport them. They find friends and foes. And, in true action-adventure storytelling genius, the labels of friend and foe are sometimes misleading or blurry.  

In this fifth edition, Emily and Navin have not only rescued their mother and helped citizens of one unique city to the next, but also earned reputations as celebrated saviors of this underground world. But with the infamous Max Griffin plotting to undo all of Emily and Navin's good deeds and heroic bravery, Emily must listen to and face the evil power of her very own stone and learn to control it.  If she fails, its evil may control her and make her just like Max Griffin.  

To make matters more complicated, Emily, Navin, and all of their new friends must ward off the dangerous plotting of the Elf King, who has created new, evil-spirited Amulet stones that will allow him to prepare an army to defeat the Stonekeepers and their allies. With the Elf Prince on her side, however, Emily may have a fighting chance to face the great battle that looms ahead.  

Major Elements of Story:

Plot: Emily, a Stonekeeper, is in trouble. The Elf King and Max Griffin are plotting against her and her friends. With a war looming in the distance, this fifth graphic novel in the series sets the stage for a major battle that reminds me of the plot of George Lucas' The Empire Strikes Back. Can good rise to the occasion and the intensity of all the evil that that looms ahead? Emily, her stone, Navin, and his fighter pilot skills and all of their friends are soon to find out.  

Setting: Windsor, Cielis

Major Characters: Emily, Navin, Max Griffin, The Elf King, The Prince of the Elves / Trellis

Themes: Adventure, Family, Relationships/Friendships, Epic Adventures, Good versus Evil

Potential Literary Pairings: The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien, The Harry Potter Series by JK Rowling, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, The Odyssey by Homer, Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by CS Lewis

Some Teaching Recommendations For Middle School & High School English Language Arts

Standard(s):*
- standard #s correspond to the numbers used by IRA/NCTE

2. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, aesthetic) of human experience.

3. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context, graphics).

Example Lesson Plan

Whether or not you would like to teach this graphic novel alone or as part of a serious, it is integral that students be able to keep track of both the characters and events (plot) in a story. Amulet Book 5: Prince of the Elves is a great text for emphasizing these two major elements of story. This lesson plan will focus on translating a character running record into a complimentary chronological timeline.

Step 1:

Keep track of characters, their traits, and their significant events in the plot in the following graphic organizer.  

 

 Character Names

Traits / Characteristics

Significant Events in the Plot

 

 

Emily

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Navin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Max Griffin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Elf King

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trellis

 

 

 

 


Step 2:

In small groups, ask students to review and discuss each character's major events in the story.  

Then, in the space indicated below the timeline, ask students to mark the chronological spot of each event (with a star, arrow, horizontal dash, and so on).

As they place events in order along the timeline ask students to list the characters involved in each event in the space provided above the timeline.

Katie Monnin, PhD, is an assistant professor of literacy at the University of North Florida and author of Teaching Graphic Novels: Practical Strategies for the Secondary ELA Classroom (2010) from Maupin House. To learn more about Teaching Graphic Novels or Katie Monnin, please go to this link: http://www.maupinhouse.com/monnin.php.