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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: 117mm x 175mm x 182mm | 213g
  • Publication date: 1 April 2012
  • Publication City/Country: St Leonards
  • ISBN 10: 1742379982
  • ISBN 13: 9781742379982
  • Sales rank: 155,055

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Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighbourhood as the Masked Avenger - a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent. Along with his sidekick, Richie the Power Beagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil and low tyre pressure - but can he save them from sadness? This perfect jewel of a book by the award-winning author of Jasper Jones will hold all readers in its irresistible power.

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Craig Silvey grew up on an orchard in Western Australia. At 19 he wrote his first novel, Rhubarb. His second novel, Jasper Jones, was released in 2009 and won several prizes including the Indie Book of the Year Award. It was shortlisted for numerous international prizes including the 2011 IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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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