The Amber Amulet

The Amber Amulet

Book rating: 05 Hardback

By (author) Craig Silvey

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  • Publisher: Allen & Unwin
  • Format: Hardback | 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 110mm x 175mm x 12mm | 213g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 1742379982
  • ISBN 13: 9781742379982
  • Sales rank: 144,982

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You're in safe hands - The Masked Avenger and Richie the Power Beagle are here to protect you! A brilliant jewel of a book from the acclaimed, bestselling author of Jasper Jones.

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Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, WA. At 19 he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb, published by Fremantle Press in 2004. Rhubarb was chosen as the 'One Book' for the Perth International Writers' Festival, and was included in the 'Books Alive' campaign. Silvey also received a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist Award. Silvey's second novel, Jasper Jones was released in 2009 and won Indie Book of the Year Award 2009, Indie Book of the Year 2009 - Fiction, ABIA Book of the Year 2010, ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year 2010 and the 2009 WA Premier's Literary Award for Fiction. Jasper Jones was also shortlised for the 2010 Miles Franklin Literary Award, 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Award, Christina Stead Prize for fiction, 2010 Victorian Premier's Literary AwardsVance Palmer Prize for Fiction and the 2011 International IMPAC DUBLIN Literary Award. Outside of literature, Silvey is the singer/songwriter for the band The Nancy Sikes!

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By Marianne Vincent 01 Nov 2012 5

The Amber Amulet is the third novel by award-winning Australian author Craig Silvey. On certain nights, young superhero, The Masked Avenger, discards his daytime disguise as 12 year-old Liam McKenzie and, together with his loyal crime-fighting comrade, Richie the Powerbeagle, patrols Franklin Street, protecting the residents against mayhem, evil and faulty gate hinges. As he tries to banish unhappiness, The Masked Avenger learns that good deeds can have unforeseen consequences. This novella is quite short at only 58 pages of text, the rest being taken up by 24 pages of enchanting colour illustrations by Sonia Martinez which help to establish the time period and also enhance the atmosphere of the novel. In keeping with the superhero theme, the cover illustration is especially evocative of a 1930's or 40's pulp fiction booklet, including edges that look worn, creased and damaged. Whilst aimed at the young adult reader, this is a wonderfully refreshing tale, told in an original manner, and will appeal to readers of all ages. A uplifting read.

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Meet Liam Mckenzie, a lonely twelve-year-old boy whose alter ego is the Masked Avenger, a superhero with powers so potent, so vast, not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Dressed in his superhero outfit and accompanied by his best friend, Richie the Powerbeagle, the Masked Avenger roams his neighbourhood late at night fixing sprinklers and putting away forgotten rubbish bins...But all is not well on the quiet street. The Masked Avenger is concerned about Joan, a woman who lives down the end of the street and weighed down by her troubles. The Masked Avenger believes the Amber Amulet can save Joan, and over a secret mission late one evening, they meet face-to-face, and an extraordinary friendship is formed...Craig Silvey, best-selling author of Jasper Jones and Rhubarb, has created a new generation of superhero in this stunning and hilarious coming of age story, filled with pathos and humour...http://www.barkinggecko.com.au/shows/2011/the-amber-amulet