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The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Holly Black , Tony DiTerlizzi
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Book Description

Thanks to the mysterious field guide left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids—Jared, Simon, and Mallory—is beyond weird. When Simon goes missing, Jared is convinced creatures from the faerie world have something to do with it. Mallory is not convinced. That is, until she and Jared have to contend with a band of menacing, marauding goblins. Simon is clearly in danger, and it’s up to Mallory and Simon to save him, before it’s too late…

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In the Spiderwick Chronicles' second book, things get even more exciting--and kind of scary--for the Grace kids, as the strange faerie world hinted at in The Field Guide blooms to full life around them.

After making tentative peace with Thimbletack (a coveralled house brownie who's "the size of a pencil"), Jared chooses to ignore the creature's pleas that he destroy his great-great-uncle's mysterious tome, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Thimbletack warns, "You kept the book despite my advice./Sooner or later there'll be a price." Sure enough, the brownie soon sniffs out a "fell smell in the air," and the disappearance of Simon's new cat starts to make sense. And if the chapter titled "IN WHICH Mallory Finally Gets to Put Her Rapier to Good Use" doesn't get your heart racing as fast as the kids', just wait till you get a load of the troll. ("Cooome baaack. I haaave something for youuu.")

The series' already-fast pace picks up quickly in the second installment, and we can begin to imagine what other sorts of trouble these three will turn up as they learn the rules to this odd (and dangerous) new world--while, of course, trying to explain away the strange goings-on to their mother. Next up, book three, Lucinda's Secret. (What's her secret? I want to know. Now! (Ages 6 to 10) --Paul Hughes

About the Author

Tony DiTerlizzi is co-creator of the international bestselling series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has illustrated numerous picture books for children, including Ted, G is for 1 Gzonk and the critically acclaimed The Spider and the Fly, which won the Caldecott Honor. Tony lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Angela, and their baby daughter, Sophia. Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books.

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  • File Size: 30773 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Anniversary Edition edition (May 7, 2013)
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just as strong as the last one! May 21, 2003
Jared's life has changed very much since he moved into his crazed Aunt Lucinda's Spiderwick manor. He's found a secret room and in this room he's found a book called Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to Fantastical World Around you, which tells you all about the world of faeries. He's discovered that his new home is inhibited by a Brownie named Thimbletack, who doesn't seem to like to see Jared with the Feild Guide at all, and there are many amazing creatures that live inside the walls of this house. In the Seeing Stone, something horrible happens. His twin brother Simon has been kidnaped by goblins while he was looking for his missing cat. Now Simon and his older sister Mallory must track down these goblins. Unfortunately human eyes cannot see goblins so how will they possibly find him? The answer is the seeing stone. The seeing stone will give Jared the ability to see faeries. Unfortunately that's just the beginning of their newest adventure.
Just like The Field Guide, this book is barely over one hundred pages and filled with many detailed illustrations of our heroes and the magical creatures in action. The first book was a mere introduction to the series but this book actually takes the three into their real adventures. It's not quite as entertaining as the last one, possibly because the story line seems like it should have been expanded a little more, but it's still very entertaining and a fun book. Although it's short and filled with pictures it's not just for kids. Teenage and adult fans who are fans of such books like Artemis Fowl, A Series of Unfortunate Events, and The Thief Lord will really enjoy this. If you've read The Field Guide and enjoyed it like me, read this book. It's very suspenseful and exciting. I can't wait until the third book in the series, Lucinda's Secret hits stores.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but Scary March 6, 2008
Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace are still adjusting to their new life after their parents' divorce. Not only do they have to adjust to a new school (Jared especially is having a hard time with this) but they are living in a house and area inhabited not only by humans but hobgoblins, trolls, fairies, and griffins. When Simon's cat disappears he goes looking for it and soon he also disappears. Jared and Mallory set off to help Simon, but they'll need some help in order to find him in time.

"The Seeing Stone" is the sequel to The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1) and is the second book in "The Spiderwick Chronicles" series and for the most part it is pretty good fun. Children will love the fantasy elements of the goblins, trolls, fairies, griffins, etc. especially the rhyming Thimbletack. The Seeing Stone (which helps them see the Goblins) is a nice addition to the series and authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black invent a funny if somewhat gross way for the children to see the goblins without the seeing stone. What kept me from entirely enjoying the book is that I felt some of the scarier moments were a bit too scary for young children. I found the goblins especially bothersome with their cages full of kidnap victims. And the hint of what might have happened to Simon's cat may be traumatic for younger children.

"The Seeing Stone" is a good fantasy but parents may want to read it first to make sure their children can handle it.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
The second book of the series tries very hard to grab the reader with its kidnapping plot, but it failed to capture my imagination. Better than the first book in some ways, The Seeing Stone doesn't have to introduce everyone as fully as The Field Guide. The children are somewhat more real and substantial, though their mother is still a flat character. However, I find I cannot really care for the children despite their troubles.
This story is no longer appropriate for very young readers; there are disturbing illustrations and depiction of cruelty to animals. This makes the book more exciting then the first, but it falls short of the chart of the Series of Unfortunate Events.
Altogether, the book was an interesting read, but still not very engaging. Even with more suspense added into the mixture, it lacks something.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
This is one of my son's favorite series of books (he's 7). Part of the beauty of these books are their brevity--at about 100 pages they're much more reasonable for the 6-8 age group than the Harry Potter series. The illustrations are also wonderful. However, in this book there is some disturbing subject matter which was not encountered in the first book--specifically, there are depictions of cruelty to animals in both the text and illustrations. In the end, though, the Grace kids rescue the animals, and all turns out well. I feel it is still less disturbing than the Unfortunate Events books.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Refreshingly Short April 29, 2006
The story and the writing of the book deserve four stars, but the thing is, each volume of "The Spiderwick Chronicles" is too short to really immerse you in the story. What I like to do is read a very long book, and then when I'm done, read a new "Spiderwick Chronicles" book. It's refreshing really, because each story so far seems to be very interesting. If DiTerlizzi and Black wanted to make an engrossing and interesting epic, they should have just combined the five volumes of Spiderwick into one book, which would be considerable thick and would probably benefit the story.

Onto the story itself: in "The Seeing Stone," the Grace children finally encounter some strange creatures other then the little brownie Thimbletack; the brownie makes a reappearance, the portrayal of goblins is superb, there is a very believable griffin, and an "okay" troll. The only part about the troll I didn't like is how he spoke: "Yessssss." Sounds too snake like for a troll to me-- but on the bright side, a new character named Hogsqueal is introduced, and he serves as a bit of comic relief.

This book definitely paints clear pictures in one's head and is an entertaining read even though it is short, so I'll rank it at "above average" and give it a...

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Published 2 days ago by Cindyaie
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I think that it was good but I wish that it was a little longer but other than that it was good
Published 22 days ago by Sophie Kessler
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome cool and very interesting! ~ 2nd grade reviewer
I like this book because there were adventures with magical creatures and kids my age. And I love the pictures some of them were really funny!!
Published 1 month ago by Erin R. Edwards
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Published 2 months ago by Peaches
5.0 out of 5 stars best series ever!😄
This book is one of the best books I've read! I love the series and hope to see a sixth book real soon in the library or bookstores or even here! Read more
Published 5 months ago by C G Classen
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the same old fairy fantasy.
Like all of the Spiderwick novels. It is short, punchy and gives an interesting and unique twist on the fairy and goblin chronicles. Well done Holly.
Published 5 months ago by William Welches
5.0 out of 5 stars I would give this book a 5 star rating because ...
I would give this book a 5 star rating because of the details and how the book was plotted. At first Simon is out looking for the cat when his brother gets snatched by goblins... Read more
Published 6 months ago by MG Coleman
5.0 out of 5 stars Really cute books. Getting them all for my grandson ...
Really cute books. Getting them all for my grandson. Wish they were a little longer or combined into one book.
Published 8 months ago by R. Gallo
2.0 out of 5 stars Really typical storyline, occasional funny line
Yeah, this one was slightly better than the first, 'cause of weird things like hobgoblins peeing on a fire and a kid whining that most twins in movies get special cool powers while... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Swank Ivy
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
Great book, really detailed about all the events. I really enjoyed the book. I've already seen the movie and the book and the movie are really good.
Published 12 months ago by K. Caballero
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