The Spiderwick Chronicles by Holly Black
(Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The Ironwood Tree; The Wrath of Mulgrath

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It all started with a mysterious letter left at a tiny bookstore for authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. Its closing lines: "We just want people to know about this. The stuff that has happened to us could happen to anyone." Little could they imagine the remarkable adventure that awaited them as they followed Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace and a strange old book into a world filled with elves, goblins, dwarves, trolls, and a fantastical menagerie of other creatures. The oddest part is in entering that world, they didn't leave this one!
Five captivating books!
One thrilling adventure!
The Spiderwick Chronicles
 

About Holly Black

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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 Good Neighbors graphic novel trilogy (with Ted Naifeh), the Curse Workers series, and her new ghostly middle grade novel, Doll Bones. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award. She currently lives in New England with her husband, Theo, 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 and 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.
 
Published October 1, 2004 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 672 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Action & Adventure, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers who are too young to read Harry Potter independently will find these have just the right amount of menace laced with appealing humor and are blessed with crisp pacing and, of course, DiTerlizzi’s enticingly Gothic illustrations.

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Publishers Weekly

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One quibble: in what seems like a missed opportunity, the recording does not contain the letters from Black and the Graces that appear at the beginning of the print books and which have provided a premise for the series and some inventive book promotions (a ploy that served Lemony Snicket well).

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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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BC Books

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Now, thanks to the good people at Simon & Schuster Canada who supplied me with a copy of The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Complete First Serial, an omnibus edition containing all five books, (The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda's Secret, The Ironwood Tree and The Wrath Of Mulgarath), I have ...

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AV Club

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Moving into a big, ancient house inhabited not-so-long-ago by an aunt now confined to a mental hospital, the Grace siblings—studious, shy Simon, his easily irritated twin Jared (both played by Freddie Highmore), and their older sister Mallory (In America's Sarah Bolger)—have low expectations.

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Entertainment Weekly

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SF Site

Thimbletack is even more angry when, against his advice, Jared hunts down a curious hand-bound book: the Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, written by Arthur Spiderwick, Lucinda's brother.

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Common Sense Media

Though this installment might be scary for younger children (among other things a cat is roasted and eaten, and a goblin's arm is bitten off by the griffin, though none of this is described), older elementary-aged children, especially reluctant readers, are going to be big fans.

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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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KidsReads

Having the Field Guide to the Faerie world is supposed to give the person in possession of it an advantage over that world with answers to its puzzles and mysteries.

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KidsReads

Even though Mulgarath has Uncle Spiderwick's infamous Field Guide, there's apparently something else he wants from the Grace children.

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KidsReads

Mallory is facing her first real fencing challenge since the Grace family came to the Spiderwick Estate, and the twins and Mrs. Grace are going to her school to support her.

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KidsReads

The authors' humor is on full display, particularly in one surreal scene in which Nick and Laurie attend a book signing where they encounter not only characters from The Spiderwick Chronicles but Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black themselves (described as "a spiky-haired man in a bright blazer" and ...

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CNN.com

(CNN) -- A dozen producers share the bragging rights for bringing the popular Holly Black-Tony DiTerlizzi "Spiderwick" children's fantasy books to the screen.

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Variety

visual effects supervisors, Tim Alexander, Pablo Helman;

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