The Resource Bone, Book one, Quest for the spark, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker

Bone, Book one, Quest for the spark, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker

Label
Bone, Book one, Quest for the spark
Title
Bone
Title number
Book one
Title part
Quest for the spark
Statement of responsibility
written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
Title variation
Quest for the spark
Creator
Contributor
Author
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon friend Roderick, Percival, Abbey, and Barclay Bone, warrior-priest Randolf, and forest-woman Lorimar join in a quest to find the pieces of the Spark that can save Dreaming--and the Waking World--from a Darkness created by the Nacht
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Review
  • Grades 4-7 At long last, and after a few diversions like Tall Tales and the Bone Handbook (both 2010), we return to the Valley that was the setting for Smith’s comics-landscape-changing Bone, though this adventure takes place in prose rather than panels. Young Tom Elm has a vision that the little rock he wears around his neck is a chunk of something vital to defeating the Nacht, an ancient dragon-entity that is threatening the Dreaming as well as the Waking World. This first installment in his adventure teams him up with a raccoon, a tired old Veni Yan warrior, a trio of new Bones out adventuring from Boneville, and a couple of less-evil-than-usual but still hilariously stupid Rat Creatures. If none of that makes sense to you, don’t worry; there are hordes of readers out there who will clue you in. As long as fans are not expecting a repeat of the old magic and not too disappointed that there isn’t nearly enough of Smith’s always excellent full-color, full-page artwork helping out, it looks as if they’re in for a cheery jaunt back through a beloved world. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 01-01-2011) (Booklist, vol 107, number 9, p105)
  • Gr 4 – 8 — A full-text adventure set in the world of Smith's iconic "Bone" graphic novels (Scholastic). Young Tom, a Valley turnip farmer, receives a vision that the peaceful otherworld of the Dreaming is under attack. The evil Nacht, a renegade Dragon, seeks to control the dreamland, and through it, the Waking World as well. A mysterious forest woman tells Tom that he has been chosen to lead a quest to find the scattered pieces of the Spark—the light of creation that can drive back the dark power. When his family falls under the Nacht's corrupted sleep spell, Tom realizes that he has no choice and sets out with his best friend, a talking raccoon. Along the way, they are joined by three Bones—inventor Percival and his squabbling niece and nephew; a disillusioned Veni Yan warrior priest; and two Rat Creatures. Tom must mold this oddly assorted crew into a cohesive group if they have any chance of success. As the first of a projected trilogy, the book devotes considerable space to background exposition and character definition. Much of the action involves a series of seeming coincidences and accidents that bring the companions together, but there are chuckles and chills aplenty along the way. Smith's familiar illustrations help link this to the original series. Bone aficionados will appreciate the many references to events and characters from the saga, but enough detail is provided that newbies will feel at home. An exciting new direction for one of the best-known and best-written graphic series available.—Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL --Elaine E. Knight (Reviewed March 1, 2011) (School Library Journal, vol 57, issue 3, p171)
  • Bone fans, rejoice: Beloved creator Smith has once again teamed up with Sniegoski (Tall Tales, 2010) for this illustrated novel, the first of a trilogy. Picking up where the Bone graphic novels left off, it introduces readers to young Tom, who comes from turnip-farming stock and is an unsure hero about to embark on a new quest. Guided by visions, Tom and his raccoon friend Roderick (who keen readers may remember from earlier volumes) join up with a family of Bones, a Veni-Yan priest and, yes, some stupid, stupid rat creatures to fight against the nefarious Nacht, a sinister force that has left the Valley trapped in a nightmarish, soporific stupor. For those unfamiliar with the earlier Bone works, this is a fine jumping-in point; well-acquainted aficionados should relish the chance for yet another romp. Sniegoski navigates well within Smith's carefully constructed world, although inevitably this prose-with-illustrations format has a different feel than the graphic works. However, this transition is easily abetted by the adept storytelling, making this one of those very rare creatures: a successful graphic series–to-novel translation. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2011)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
384374
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sniegoski, Tom
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
790L
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 4
  • 8
Reading level
5.4
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1960 February 27-
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Smith, Jeff
  • Hamaker, Steve
http://library.link/vocab/resourcePreferred
True
Series statement
  • Bone Quest for the Spark
  • Bone Quest for the Spark
  • Bone
Series volume
  • 1
  • bk. 1
Study program name
Accelerated Reader
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dreams
  • Heroes
  • Magic
  • Quests (Expeditions)
Target audience
juvenile
Label
Bone, Book one, Quest for the spark, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
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  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9780545141024
Lccn
2010017002
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps on endpapers
Label
Bone, Book one, Quest for the spark, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
  • sheet
  • volume
Carrier category code
  • nb
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
  • rdacarrier
  • rdacarrier
Content category
  • cartographic image
  • text
  • still image
Content type code
  • cri
  • txt
  • sti
Content type MARC source
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
  • rdacontent
Dimensions
23 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
218 pages
Isbn
9780545141024
Lccn
2010017002
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, maps on endpapers

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