|Plot Summary of The Necklace of Stones|
|"Morgan, a 12 year old boy living in lower Manhattan, finds a mysterious stone necklace. It has 11 stones in all, ten of which have crude drawings cut into them (dragon, star, flame, wing, etc.). Unbeknownst to Morgan, the necklace grants the wearer great powers with each stone holding a separate power. The dragon-stone for example gives the wearer great strength, the wing-stone allows him to fly.
Morgan is quickly attacked by an assassin sent to take the necklace from him by the leaders of a civilization intent upon gaining its powers. This assassin, taking his hand from his pocket, reveals claws longer than Edward Scissorhands fingers. Morgan is saved from death by the appearance of a hobo-looking man who lops the head off the would-be assassin. This hobo-looking man turns out to be the "protector" of the necklace wearer. The man is a "shape-changer" and soon changes his appearance (more than once). Shortly thereafter Morgan is again attacked by gothic-appearing killers and then by a savage beast. He is also attacked, in a wonderfully written scene, by the mechanical animals of the Central Park Delecorte Clock.
Morgan, rather than living under the threat of constant attacks on his life and fearful that his own mom would be a victim if he is attacked at home, decides to return the necklace to the true owner, a being called the "keeper", a young (appearing) girl who lives in a land called the Old Dominion.
The power of three of the stones allows Morgan and the protector to reach the Old Dominion. To get there however, they have to pass through the "gate" and to pass through the gate they must solve the puzzle of how it works, of how to open it. (There are other puzzles in this book as well.) Like Dorothy trying to get to the wizard before she is destroyed by the witch and her flying monkeys, Morgan must get to the keeper before he is killed by ever more dangerous assassins who come after him. He moves from one dangerous situation to another, fighting continuously to stay alive. This book is as much a nail-biting suspense novel as it is a wonderfully imagined fantasy.
Ann Carr, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Necklace of Stones|
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Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
Composition of Book
Descript. of chases or violence - 40%
planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives - 20%
Feelings, relationships, character bio/development - 30%
Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places - 10%
Tone of book
- suspenseful (sophisticated fear)
FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?
- part earth & part fantasy world
Explore/1st contact/ enviro story
- roaming fantasy world, battling hostile monsters
Is this an adult or child's book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
- a kid
Is this an ordinary person caught up in events?
How sensitive is this character?
- middling sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Strong but gentle sense of humor
- Smarter than most other characters
- average physique
- an entire race
How much of work is main antagonist actually present in:
- a little/some
How sensitive is this character?
- hard edged
- current (early 21st century)
Takes place on Earth?
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
scientific jargon? (SF only)
- none/very little science jargon needed
How much dialogue?
- significantly more descript than dialog
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