Synopses & Reviews
First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatch Simon. Then a band of elves try to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Spiderwick's Guide? And will the Grace kids be left alone, now that the Guide has mysteriously disappeared? Don't count on it.
At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it's not Simon. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something foul in the water is killing off all the plants and animals for miles around. Clues point to the old abandoned quarry, just outside of town. Dwarves have taken over an abandoned mine there. And the faerie world's abuzz with the news that a creature with plans to rule the world has offered them a gift to join with him -- he's given them a queen...
"With their evocative gothic-style pencil drawings and color illustrations, rhyming riddles, supernatural lore, and well-drawn characters, these books read like old-fashioned ripping yarns."
-- New York Times Book Review
"The books wallow in their dusty Olde Worlde charm: Faeries! Dumbwaiters! Attics! But then, reading has an old-fashioned charm too."
-- Time magazine
"Appealing characters, well-measured suspense and an inviting package will lure readers...Youngsters may well find themselves glancing over their shoulders."
-- Publishers Weekly, starred review
First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatches Simon. Then a band of elves tries to entrap Jared. Maybe now that Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You has disappeared, the Grace kids will be left alone. Don't bet on it. At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it's not Simon. To make matters even worse, Mallory has disappeared. Clues point to the abandoned quarry just outside of town. The dwarves have a mine there and they've captured a proper tribute for a king who is part of a plan to rule the world -- they have found him a queen.
About the Author
Tony DiTerlizzi is the author of The Search for WondLa and A Hero for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure as well as the Zena Sutherland Award-winning Ted. His brilliantly cinematic version of Mary Howitt’s classic The Spider and The Fly earned Tony his second Zena Sutherland Award and also received a Caldecott Honor. Tony’s art has also graced the covers of such well-known fantasy writers as Peter S. Beagle, J. R. R. Tolkien, Anne McCaffrey, and Greg Bear. His first chapter book, Kenny & the Dragon, debuted as a New York Times bestseller. He lives with his wife Angela and their daughter in Western Massachusetts and Jupiter, Florida. Visit Tony online at DiTerlizzi.com. Holly Black is the bestselling author of the Spiderwick series. Her Modern Faerie Tales series is comprised of Tithe, which was an ALA Top Ten Book for Teens and received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly and Kirkus Reviews; Valiant, which was an ALA Best Book for Young Adults, a Locus Magazine Recommended Read, and a recipient of the Andre Norton Award from the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America; and Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, was a New York Times bestseller. White Cat, the first book in the Curse Workers trilogy, was a Kirkus Reviews Best Book, and ALA Best Fiction for Young Adults, and received starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Kirkus Reviews, and BCCB. Red Glove, the second book in the Curse Workers trilogy, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. The final book in the trilogy, Black Heart, will be available in spring 2012. Holly has also written a collection of short stories, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at blackholly.com.
Table of Contents
List of Full-Page Illustrations
Letter from Holly Black
Letter from the Grace Kids
Map of the Spiderwick Estate
Chapter One: IN WHICH
There Is Both a Fight and a Duel
Chapter Two: IN WHICH
the Grace Twins Are Triplets
Chapter Three: IN WHICH
Simon Solves a Riddle
Chapter Four: IN WHICH
the Twins Discover a Tree Unlike Any Other
Chapter Five: IN WHICH
Jared and Simon Wake Sleeping Beauty
Chapter Six: IN WHICH
the Stones Speak
Chapter Seven: IN WHICH
There Is an Unexpected Betrayal
About Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black