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The Grace kids--13-year-old Mallory and 9-year-old twins Jared and Simon--get to catch their breath in the third installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles, as they visit their "crazy old" Aunt Lucinda for some help in deciding the fate of the troublesome Field Guide

Fresh from near-fatal goblin and troll attacks in the previous book (The Seeing Stone, the children are torn over whether to hang onto their long-lost great-great-uncle's book or to turn it over to the menacing faeries. Thimbletack--the house brownie who's transmogrified into an angry "boggart"--has lost his patience with the kids, and he starts subjecting Jared to increasingly nasty pranks. Hoping that Lucinda might know something about Uncle Arthur's fate (or at least have some advice on how to fend off the faeries), the three children talk their mom into a trip to the asylum for a visit--but there they learn their situation might be even more dangerous than they imagined. (And, as readers of the series know, the kids already thought they were in hot water.)

Holly Black doesn't dish up the action quite as fast as she did in the first two books, but Spiderwick fans won't be disappointed: We learn more Spiderwick family history, we get an ominous glimpse of events to come, and Tony DiTerlizzi introduces a few new faeries to the menagerie in his ever-evocative pen and ink--including a special treat, the Cheshire-esque phooka. ("You've lost your uncle! How careless.") Ages 6 to 10) --Paul Hughes

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Grade 3-6-Simon, Mallory, and Jared Grace know that faeries are real-and that they aren't always the charming creatures portrayed in popular fairy tales. Ever since they discovered Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, the Grace family has been surrounded by magical beings with decidedly hostile attitudes. They have a wounded griffin convalescing in the carriage house, a spiteful house boggart playing malicious tricks, and even weirder oddities lurking around practically every corner. Hoping to learn more about the book and its long-vanished author, the kids decide to consult their Great-Aunt Lucy, Arthur's daughter. She has been hospitalized ever since she was attacked by faerie beings who suspected that she knew where her father's book was hidden. She warns that the family will be in grave danger if they remain at Spiderwick Estate. When the siblings find an old map that leads into the elves' secret forest, their aunt's grim prediction seems all too plausible. The story ends with a cliff-hanger, to be continued in book four. There is some background exposition, but familiarity with the plot and character relationships from the earlier volumes is assumed. The black-and-white Arthur Rackhamesque illustrations add a satisfyingly eerie note to this mock-gothic tale, which will be best appreciated by readers who have followed the "Spiderwick Chronicles" from the beginning.
Elaine E. Knight, Lincoln Elementary Schools, IL
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 570L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (October 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689859384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689859380
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.6 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,568 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Fisher TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 31, 2003
Format: Hardcover
The mysterious tale of the Spiderwick legacy continues in the third installment of the Chronicles, as the twins Jared and Simon Grace and their elder sister Mallory run into more members of the faery world in their ongoing study of great, great uncle Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Faery World.
After moving into the Spiderwick Estate with their divorced mother, the three siblings found the secret library of Arthur, who vanished several years ago, leaving only his comprehensive guide to the faery world that surrounds his home. It is this world that the Grace children are gradually getting to know, and already they have a couple of brownie/boggart and hobgoblin friends and an injured griffin in the barn. But it just so happens that after centuries of abuse and destruction, the faeries aren't so keen on humans learning about their world once more, and so are out to stop them by any means possible. Mallory and Simon are rather keen on ridding themselves of the Guidebook and thereby getting themselves out of trouble, but Jared, who feels the study of faeries is the only thing he's been really good at refuses, and instead suggest visiting great-aunt Lucinda, the daughter of Arthur Spiderwick, who might have some answers to their questions.
From the visit at the old person's home to the discovery of an old map in Arthur's libary, the three children decide to set out and discover what actually happened to Arthur. This leads them to the riddle-speaking Phooka (one of the book's best characters yet!) and the court of the noble, beautiful, but extremely suspicious elves, who are the guardians of the realm of faery, and not at all pleased that humans have breached their domain...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ali on April 15, 2004
Format: Hardcover
...can be found in this truly entertaining children's book. This is a quick and easy read for even the most stubborn of readers. I thourougly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next book. I am intrigued and entertained by the Grace children and their meetings with the "mythical" creatures.
The creatures may be myth to most, but the Grace children know the truth.
The illustrations are gorgeous and descriptive. You don't need any descriptions with Holly Black's wonderful writing, but Tony Di Terlizzi just makes this book more amazing than it already does.
All children should be able to have books like this available for them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "filson5mom" on January 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
My nine year old son has had such a hard time trying to muddle through the thick "Harry Potter"/"Lord of the Rings" books. He wants to read them but their just too difficult for him. He has been so discouraged about reading. I ran across these books for Christmas and bought all three. He thinks there so COOL and loves to read them! I haven't had to poke or prod him at all. The children in his 4th grade class have even begun passing them around. The school library has ordered them upon the kids request. Please keep them coming! Impatiently awaiting number four!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "misscanada" on August 19, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book will leave you gasping for air- on account you haven't been able to breathe through the adventures of the Grace kids. It leaves you wanting more. It leaves you with a hint of a mystery. And if you can, do take an hour or two to closely examine the exquisitely detailed pictures that Tony DiTerlizzi has created. If I were to compare this book to Harry Potter, as a better kids book, "Lucinda's Secret" would win.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on March 8, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The Spiderwick books are my new favorite series. I think they are the best because they have adventure and they are creepy and funny. I love all of the creatures like the faries and the elves.I have been asking for Book 4 every daybut it is not in stores. I can't wait until April when the book is out and that ois also when my birthday is and it will be the best present ever. Buy this book.You will love it!
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Spiderwick books are really awesome because they have really great actions in them… Mallory looked at the water in the glass cup because it was different it caught the sunlight and then Jared came down stairs Mallory and Simon said Jared you need to get rid of the book because someone was pulling pranks on them and Mallory and Simon hate the pranks. Jared said NO!!! I am not getting rid of the book and Mallory and Simon got really mad...
My opinion is that he should get rid of the book because Mallory and Simon don’t like to get pranked on.
No one likes to be pranked and they get mad, sometimes at the person.
In the beginning Mallory and Simon and Jared was at their house, when Thimbletack said you must do something to keep it safe from Mulgarath so he doesn’t turn everything into stone.
I thought in the story that was good on page 22 was when they went to talk to their aunt Lucinda.
I thought in the book, Aunt Lucinda is ugly but in the movie she was not old and ugly, she was kind of old and kind of young but I liked it.
In the middle of the story Aunt Lucida said that she never knew that the book was in the house she thought that her dad took the book. But she told some stuff to Jared and Mallory and Simon. But then Mallory and Simon and Jared saw some faeries but then a fairy came to Jared and then Aunt Lucida said not for them because if you eat it you will not eat human food. I think no one should eat fairy food but Aunt Lucida because she is getting older and she is nice and people thinks she is crazy. In the end of the book Mallory and Jared and Simon meet a guy his name is Phooka tries to trick people in to going the wrong way.
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