The second volume in this awesome trilogy continues the story presented in book one: 12-year-old Tom, along with his talking pet raccoon, some unlikely allies, and some daring adventurers, must find the missing pieces of the Spark in an attempt to re-awaken the population and defeat the evil.
As they did in the first volume, author Tom Sniegoski and artist Jeff Smith (with color by Steve Hamaker) deliver an action-packed story that will delight new and old Bone fans alike. With snappy dialogue, good guys, bad guys, dragons, a flying ship, a well-paced plot that is interesting and easy to follow, and at least one full-color illustration per chapter, even so-called reluctant will be drawn in.
By the end of this book, things are really ramping up, and I can't wait to see what happens in the third and final volume of the series! (Update: Here's my review of the final installment of the trilogy!)
My two favorite illustrations in this volume appear on page 11 (featuring the sleeping Rat Creatures) and page 158 (accompanying the scene in which Tom comforts Abbey).
My favorite passage in the book appears in Chapter 7, when Tom reminds his ragtag group that each member has been chosen for this quest for a reason, and each of them has a special talent or trait. Here's what Tom has to say about his raccoon, my favorite supporting character:
"Roderick knows a lot about the Valley and is very small and sneaky."
"Sneaky in a good way," the raccoon added.
Watch the trailer for Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Two by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith.
Read my review of Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book One by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith.
Read my review of Bone: Quest for the Spark, Book Three by Tom Sniegoski and Jeff Smith.
February 1st, 2012
Published by Scholastic Graphix
240 pages in length