Quest for the Spark #1 (Bone)
Illustrated by Jeff Smith
Suggested Ages: 9-12
Published: February 1, 2011
Description: A return to the enthralling world of BONE with book one in this gripping spin-off novel trilogy, illustrated in four-color!
Twelve-year-old Tom Elm is just an ordinary turnip farmer from the Valley, but he's always felt destined for something bigger. So when he discovers everyone in his village is asleep and plagued by nightmares, he assembles a band of unlikely heroes. They must fight to preserve the Spark--a divine light born at the core of a vast, dark nothingness called the Nacht. The Nacht is trying to permeate the Waking World with nightmares of the Dreaming, and it's Tom's mission to defeat the Nacht and its most loyal follower, the Constable. If he fails, his family--and everyone--might never wake up again.
Jake's Review: Mom this is awesome, I really like the new story. I miss hearing about the other Bone guys, but these new characters are interesting too. I really didn't like the dead rat (that's my boy) but everything else was pretty cool. Some of it was a little scary for me though and I wished there were more pictures, like in the original series. I can't wait to read the rest of the series -- when are they coming out -- what do you mean you don't know -- some Librarian you are (mom's note: no I did not slap him upside the head after that comment, but I thought about it). Some of the story was really funny and I liked how the story put funny stuff in after the scary parts, it helped me get my mind off the scary stuff. The pictures are so cool, I wish there were more of them.
Jake's Rating: 9/10
Mom's Review: O.K, I would just like to start off by saying that the dead rat really grossed me out and probably resulted in me giving this the rating I did. But this book isn't written for Mom's so I should really let it go, but ewwww! This is an excellent book for reluctant readers and kids like Jake who are fantastic readers but miss having books with pictures in them. A very creative storyline and good moral lessons will also appeal to Mom's, Dad's and Librarian's. This is a delightful addiction to the Bone world with the introduction of new fun and likeable characters, while at the same time bringing back or mentioning well loved Bone characters. But I'm warning you there is icky stuff involving a a dead rat that just grossed me out and freaked out Jake a little.
Mom's Rating: 8/10
We received this from Scholastic in exchange for an honest review (which Jake thinks makes me an awesome Mom -- but shhh don't tell his friends he said that)
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