The Amber Amulet
The Amber Amulet
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Annotation: Liam McKenzie patrols his quiet neighborhood at night as the Masked Avenger, doing good deeds with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, but a mistake leads the shy twelve-year-old to his first truly heroic act.
Genre: [Humorous fiction]
Catalog Number: #150991
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
Publisher: SkyHorse/Skypony
Copyright Date: 2017
Edition Date: 2017
Illustrator: Martinez, Sonia
Pages: 86 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-510-72189-4
ISBN 13: 978-1-510-72189-0
Dewey: Fic
LCCN: 2017031771
Dimensions: 19 cm.
Language: English
Horn Book
Liam, twelve, patrols his neighborhood doing good deeds as his alter ego, a nascent superhero named the Masked Avenger. When he meets a neighbor who is suffering emotionally, he tries his best to make her happy with the gift of a precious family heirloom. Along the way, both he and his neighbor undergo self-discovery. A bittersweet if somewhat adult story, illustrated with a profusion of scrapbook-like pages.
Kirkus Reviews
A neighborhood superhero discovers that great risk brings great rewards. The Masked Avenger derives his powers from the energies of certain rocks and minerals, illustrations of which are laid out in scrapbook pages along with maps and images of handwritten notes. He regularly sheds his daytime disguise as white, 12-year-old Liam, dons a homemade costume, and steals out into the night with Richie the Powerbeagle at his side to right wrongs on his block. When loud arguments and slamming doors in one house signal a problem tougher to tackle than the odd misplaced rubbish bin, he determines that only amber, with its unique ability to drive out unhappiness with positive energy, will serve…and so he takes a family heirloom from the "sleeping giant" in his own house to confer on his troubled neighbor. His single mom's distraught reaction to the amulet's disappearance leaves him writhing on the horns of an ethical dilemma but also leads to a long and revelatory conversation with the neighbor about life choices and how people can fall out of love. The narrator adopts a portentous voice, the present-tense, third-person text fully invested in the Masked Avenger's persona. As a character the Masked Avenger is thoroughly beguiling, but the central themes treated here seem more in keeping with adult concerns than those of his preteen peers. Courage and imagination both shine out in this short tale from a Printz Honor winner, even if they are shadowed by audience issues. (Fiction. 10-12, adult)
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Kirkus Reviews
Reading Level: 5.0
Interest Level: 5-9

“Silvey is a master of wit and words”—School Library Journal

Meet twelve-year-old Liam McKenzie, who patrols his suburban neighborhood as the Masked Avenger—a superhero with powers so potent not even he can fully comprehend their extent.

Along with his sidekick, Richie the Powerbeagle, he protects the people of Franklin Street from chaos, mayhem, evil, and low tire pressure on their cars.

But when he attempts to rescue a damsel in distress from sadness, instead, he finds a powerful, unlikely friendship.

This perfect jewel of a book by Printz Honor Award-winning Craig Silvey will hold all readers in its irresistible power.

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