The Field Guide by Holly Black
(The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 1)

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After finding a mysterious, handmade field guide in the attic of the ramshackle old mansion they’ve just moved into, Jared; his twin brother, Simon; and their older sister, Mallory, discover that there’s a magical and maybe dangerous world existing parallel to our own—the world of faerie.

The Grace children want to share their story, but the faeries will do everything possible to stop them...
 

About Holly Black

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Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children, including Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale and the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award and the Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library. Her website is www.blackholly.com.
 
Published May 7, 2013 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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After Jared hears scuttling inside the walls, Mallory pokes a broom through a kitchen wall and discovers a "nest" filled with unusual trinkets—a doll's head, tiny lead soldiers, bits of tattered fabric—plus one of her own fencing medals.

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BC Books

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There isn't a whole lot of action yet because everything is getting set up, but the book's atmosphere is spooky and mysterious, which is just how kids like it.

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BC Books

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The Field Guide by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi is the first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles series.

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Common Sense Media

Add to that the short length (107 pages) and fluid readability that will appeal even to reluctant readers without seeming babyish, and you may have the perfect summer read for the middle elementary crowd.

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BookRack

Although they are two very different books, the idea of making this book a “true story” is similar.

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The Trades

Freddie Highmore plays the dual roles of Simon and Jared Grace in the big screen adaptation of the bestselling children's series, "The Spiderwick Chronicles."

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The Trades

In the very first of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace came into possession of a fantastic, weird and wonderful book: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You.

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