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

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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 the author of The Search for WondLa. He is also the co-creator and illustrator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, the author and illustrator of Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World MoonPie 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 recieved 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. He has also made significant contributions to Dungeons and Dragons and Wizards of the Coast’s Magic; The Gathering. 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, FL. Visit Tony on the web at 

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 series, 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 series, received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Holly has also written a collection of short stories, The Poison Eaters and Other Stories. She lives in Amherst, Massachusetts. Visit Holly at

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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)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Nancy E. on May 21, 2003
Format: Hardcover
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 By drebbles VINE VOICE on March 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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 By J. Williams on March 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Kelli Hanson on March 13, 2004
Format: Hardcover
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 By Pat Shand VINE VOICE on April 29, 2006
Format: Hardcover
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...

6 out of 10
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