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The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1: The Field Guideby Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
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When their great-aunt Lucinda Spiderwick is sent off to an asylum, the Grace kids — twins Jared and Simon and their older sister, Mallory — move into her creepy old mansion with their mother. Strange goings-on lead them to an old book filled with pictures of fanstastic creatures. It holds clues to recent odd events, and the key to an even bigger mystery: the disappearance of the children's great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick generations before...
"This snappy story...sets the scene for the next four books planned.... Appealing characters, well-measured suspense and an inviting package will lure readers on to The Seeing Stone" Publisher's Weekly
"[H]andsomely designed, and extravagantly illustrated...packs quite a punch. Readers who are too young to read Harry Potter independently will find these have just the right amount of menace laced with appealing humor and are blessed with crisp pacing and, of course, DiTerlizzi's enticingly Gothic illustrations." Kirkus Reviews
"Readers who like the Unfortunate Events series will probably enjoy this series....Detailed illustrations help bring the strange world of Spiderwick alive." Suzanne Lieurance, Children's Literature
"[The illustrations evoke] a delicious classical sense in this modern fantasy. Black...keeps the dialogue snappy and the children's personalities distinct....
When the Grace children go to stay at their Great Aunt Lucinda's worn Victorian house, they discover a field guide to fairies and other creatures and begin to have some unusual experiences.
The Grace children discover the faerie world is closer than you think in this repackage of the first book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion theyand#8217;ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that thereand#8217;s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our ownand#8212;the world of faerie.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them...andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;In honor of the tenth anniversary of the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series, which has more than 12 million copies in print worldwide, this edition of The Field Guide features a larger trim size and an original cover with all-new art from Tony DiTerlizzi.
Olive thought she'd uncovered all the house's secrets. She was wrong.
It's Halloween night when strangers come to Linden Street...and something dear to Olive goes missing. To what lengths will she go to get it back? Can she trust the strangers? Will she turn to a new and dangerous magic within the paintings of Elsewhere? Or will she put her faith in her own worst enemies to save the people and home she loves?
The stakes grow higher, the secrets more dangerous, and mystery and magic abound as Olive, the boys, and the cats uncover the true nature of the house on Linden Street. A must-read fantasy series for fans of Pseudonymous Bosch, Coraline, and Septimus Heap.
About the Author
A New York Times bestselling author, Tony DiTerlizzi created the Zena Sutherland Award-winning Ted, Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-This-World Moon Pie Adventure, as well as illustrations in Tony Johnston's Alien and Possum beginning-reader series. Most recently, his brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt's classic The Spider and the Fly was awarded a Caldecott Honor. He and his wife, Angela, reside with their pug, Goblin, in Amherst, Massachusetts.
An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and books about faeries. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, received two starred reviews and a Best Book for Young Adults citation from the American Library Association. She lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo.
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