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The Resource Quest for the Spark, Book 2, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker

Quest for the Spark, Book 2, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker

Label
Quest for the Spark, Book 2
Title
Quest for the Spark
Title number
Book 2
Statement of responsibility
written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
Creator
Contributor
Illustrator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
Twelve-year-old Tom and his cohorts continue their seemingly impossible quest to find the pieces of the Spark that will save Dreaming--and the Waking World--from the evil Nacht
Member of
Storyline
Review
  • Grades 4-7 The franchise expansion of Jeff Smith’s Bone-verse continues in this second prose novel set after the conclusion of his epic graphic-novel series. De facto quest leader, 12-year-old Tom Elm, proves his leadership mettle in a raid on a giant beehive to secure another piece of the relic known as the Spark, which, once assembled, will help drive back the Nacht, an evil dragon plaguing the Dreaming. Sniegoski continues his able balance of light slapstick humor—mostly thanks to a couple of doltish Rat Creatures—familiar fantasy elements, and a barest hint of urgency. Smith’s spot art ties the fan-friendly package together. -- Chipman, Ian (Reviewed 02-15-2012) (Booklist, vol 108, number 12, p54)
  • Gr 3 – 6 — This book continues the adventures of 12-year-old Tom Elm, his raccoon pal, a former Veni Yan priest, three Bone explorers, and two smelly rat creatures as they attempt to save the world from the wicked dragon, the Nacht. The "Bone" books have a serious fan base, so this in-progress trilogy is bound to attract attention. Unfortunately, it falls short of expectations. While the Nacht, presented as a source of wickedness itself with the power to seep into and claim the minds of innocents, is legitimately creepy, the adventures feel haphazard and unplanned, characters remain largely undeveloped, and the humor feels a bit forced. However, the draw to the world created in the series is strong, and there are plenty of Smith's full-page illustrations to reinforce that connection. For real fans, this book is a solid pick, but the titles should be read in sequence-events in this one won't make sense without reading the first. Libraries without "Bone" fans can skip it.—Heather Talty, formerly at Columbia Grammar & Preparatory School, New York City --Heather Talty (Reviewed March 1, 2012) (School Library Journal, vol 58, issue 03, p190)
  • The Bone universe proves that it can still expand without spreading thin. As introduced in the previous volume (2011), The Valley, still under a nightmare sleep, awaits rescue from a motley crew of Bones, beasts, a boy and a brawny priest. Jumping right in where the action left off, readers discover that the Nacht's evil power is strengthening. Tom and his crew are still seeking to reunite pieces of the Spark, and in this adventure, they face some of the most dire peril the group has yet encountered: giant bears and bees, a horrible airship accident and the trek to distant Lorimar, a forest spirit with magical powers. As they battle and overcome these obstacles hurled at them by the Nacht, it seems that they're getting closer to waking the Valley--but does the Nacht have a plan that may sabotage the group from within? Sniegoski's writing is strong and swift, and it properly propels the action needed to fuel such a broad crusade. However, those new to the series will want to read this series sequentially: The burst into action offers little back story, and many of the running jokes will be missed without it. An expected cliffhanger will leave readers clamoring for the final installment. A nimble, expertly paced middle-grade adventure yarn. (Fantasy/adventure. 9 & up)(Kirkus Reviews, January 15, 2012)
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
10029642
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Sniegoski, Tom
Dewey number
[Fic]
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
no index present
Intended audience
  • Middle School
  • 820
Intended audience source
Lexile
Interest level
MG
LC call number
PZ7.S68033
LC item number
Que 2012
Literary form
fiction
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/minGradeLevel
  • 3
  • 6
Reading level
  • 5.5.
  • 5.4.
  • 5.5
  • 5.5
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
Series volume
0002
Study program name
  • Acclerated Reader
  • Reading Counts!
  • AR
  • Accelerated Reader AR
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Adventure stories
  • Heroes
  • Dreams
  • Magic
  • Fantasy
  • Humorous stories
  • Adventure and adventurers
  • Heroes
  • Dreams
  • Magic
  • Fantasy
  • Humorous stories
  • Adventure stories
  • Dreams
  • Fantasy
  • Heroes
  • Humorous stories
  • Magic
Target audience
pre adolescent
Label
Quest for the Spark, Book 2, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn733232391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780545141031
Lccn
2011020281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)733232391
Label
Quest for the Spark, Book 2, written by Tom Sniegoski ; illustrated by Jeff Smith ; color by Steve Hamaker
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocn733232391
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
1st ed.
Extent
234 pages
Isbn
9780545141031
Lccn
2011020281
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
color illustrations, map
System control number
(OCoLC)733232391

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