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  • Age Range: 7 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 2 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 660L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (September 8, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689871333
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689871337
  • Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.9 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #249,395 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

Tony DiTerlizzi is a New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for more than a decade. From his fanciful picture books like Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure, Adventure of Meno (with his wife, Angela), and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. His middle grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Holly Black), has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in more than thirty countries. You can visit him at DiTerlizzi.com.

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You definitely need to be a Spiderwick fan.
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The illustrations add a nice level of imagination to the text, and help to bring the story even more to life.
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At the end of the last book there was a forewarning that the Giants had a purpose.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series somehow hasn't grasped me as tightly as their original series of teeny tiny, hauntingly eerie fantasy books. But the spinoff series roars to a satisfying conclusion with its third book, "The Wyrm King" -- while the frenetic pace is a bit confusing, it's a nicely gory, bizarre and intricate story.

Because of their kids' bizarre behavior, Laurie and Nick's respective parents decide to temporarily separate -- and though this is what Nick wanted once, he doesn't want it now.

But he hasn't got the time to be confused, because massive sinkholes are appearing all over their Florida city -- with something snakey inside. Suspecting something weird is up, Nick and his brother Jules join up with Laurie and the three Grace kids, and soon discovers that their new enemy is a sort of "wyrm king" (like a rat king, with the tails all joined together), which resembles the mythical hydra. They even find three tiny salamander-like creatures with one tail.

Unfortunately, Nick soon finds that his old promises and actions are starting to trip him up, and he's losing the trust of the various faery creatures around him. Their only hope to stop the sinkholes is to set the wyrms' natural enemy on them -- the giants, who have been sleeping in the sea. But lurking somewhere in the city is the ultimate enemy of the giants -- a monster that even they may not be able to destroy.

While the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles started off rather blandly (especially compared to the first series), "The Wyrm King" is a solid grand finale -- plenty of fire-spewing giants, monstrous dragon-things, and the ground collapsing as monsters hatch underground. And while the back cover proclaims "It's over!
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Format: Hardcover
The Wyrm King features the Vargas kids, and the Grace kids, and the son of Jack the giant killer, and it's a busy cast of characters rushing into the unknown and trying to clean up the messes they've made and the new messes that are occurring. Along the way Nick has the oppportunity to keep all of the many promises he's made, and he steps up like a young man and becomes a better person right before our eyes. I was worried that the Grace kids would take over the show, being old faerie hands, but the program remains firmly Nick's, as he is accompanied by all these other people through his adventures.

The plot is pretty straightforward: a monster called the Wyrm King has awoken after centuries of slumber and is sending forth its young, which are making sinkholes all over the place. The Wyrm King is a hydra-like creature that breathes methane gas that knocks you out. The giants of the second book are converging to combat the Wyrm King, and it's a battle royale. There are lots of plot twists, and false starts, but the kids eventually get to the battle and realize they're hopelessly outgunned. Then Nick has a brilliant idea and wades in to save the day. The illustrations add a nice level of imagination to the text, and help to bring the story even more to life.

This book is an exciting read, fast-paced and page-turning. Nick is caught up in all the promises he's made and has a hard time fulfilling, though eventually he struggles through. He's also struggling with a lot of negative emotions throughout much of the book: he's not sure if he really wants his dad to remarry, he's not really liking the faeries he's sworn to help, he's feeling pretty inadequate to the tasks at hand.
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Format: Hardcover
The third and final part of Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi's collaborative effort is called "The Wyrm King," following on from The Nixie's Song and A Giant Problem, part of the "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" trilogy which in turn is a sequel to the original The Spiderwick Chronicles series (why are fantasy titles so convoluted?) and which wraps up the trilogy in a satisfying, action-picked finale.

Centered on the plump eleven-year old Nick Vargas, his older brother Jules and their unwanted stepsister Laurie, the three siblings spent the better part of the last book trying to remove giants from Mr Vargas's housing development, only to find that their successful attempt to lead the giants into the ocean has only led to more trouble. The climactic finish of the previous book was the discovery that the giants were the only things keeping an even greater danger at bay, one that is now rising up from the swamplands. (As a warning against tampering with the natural order of things, could this plot element be an ecological message that's actually...*subtle*?!)

Along with the Grace siblings (Mallory, Jared and Simon, the protagonists from the previous books) Nick and his assorted team of faerie-experts try to gather all the information they can on the mysterious wyrms that are emerging from the sink-holes currently appearing across town.
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