Thursday 6 December 2012

Ten Reasons You Should Read The Amber Amulet By Craig Silvey

  • Craig Silvey's wonderful, beautiful prose that perfectly encaptures the whimsy, imagination and uncertainty of childhood.
  • The gorgeous illustrations and design of the book overall. It has a really cool vintage vibe and is just lovely.
  • The Masked Avenger, a lonely 12-year-old boy by day and a fearless hero at night, who saves his neighbourhood from evil - and flat tyres. He has so much heart, I just wanted to give him a hug. 
  • Richie the Powerbeagle, The Masked Avenger's trusty sidekick, who has an in-built alarm system (a.k.a. muzzle), trouble detection (a.k.a. nose), ocular friend/foe identification (a.k.a. eyes) and a semaphorical communication device (a.k.a. tail).
  • It's about the power of gemstones and metals and the natural wonders of the earth, and makes me want to have an Amazing Powerbelt of my own.
  • It's also about love, and loneliness, and family, and friendship, and frustrated dreams, and fulfilling dreams, and life-changing moments, and the way we're all connected.
  • It showcases the best side of humanity and gives you hope that there are people out there who just want the best for you, even if you don't know it.
  • It's funny, and touching, and a little heartbreaking but a lot more heartwarming.
  • It will only take you an hour to read but it will put a smile on your face for longer than that.
  • Do you really need any more reasons? OK, how about because I said so? No, seriously, you won't regret it. 

This one time I met Craig Silvey and I totally fangirled.


  1. Lovely post, Belle - you've convinced me! I'm definitely going to pick it up the next time I see it :-)

  2. I am now going to buy this book next time I see it :D I have heard of this book before but never thought much about it until now.

  3. I love the way you made this a top ten list instead of a review. Very fresh way to promote a book!