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The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2) by [Black, Holly, DiTerlizzi, Tony]
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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

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"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"

"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

"The books wallow in their dusty Olde Worlde charm: Faeries! Dumbwaiters! Attics! But then, reading has an old-fashioned charm too."

-- "Time" magazine


Product Details

  • File Size: 30773 KB
  • Print Length: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Anniversary edition (May 7, 2013)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2013
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00BAWEHGK
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,555 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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Format: Hardcover
By Ben

The authors of this book are Tony Di Terlizzi and Holly Black. There are three siblings and their names are Jared, Simon and Mallory. Simon gets kidnapped by goblins while he is playing in the yard. Then Jared and Mallory have to save Simon. They find all different types of creatures along the way.

The main character of the story is Jared. It takes place in the present in a small town. The topic of the story is fairies, trolls and goblins. I think the authors are trying to say you never know what will exist or what will happen.

My favorite part is when they find Simon. The book is surprising. People who are 9-10 and like fairies and trolls would like this book.
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