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***The Seeing Stone

The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2

by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Reviewed August 16, 2003.
Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, New York, 2003.  108 pages.
Available at Sembach Library (JF DIT).

This is the second book of  the Spiderwick Chronicles.  In the last book, Jared Grace discovered a secret room in the creepy old house where his family has come to live.  In the room, they found a Field Guide to Fairies, but were warned not to open it.

In this book, Jared and his sister Mallory must rescue his twin Simon from the clutches of a horde of goblins who want the Field Guide.  Fortunately, they find a tool that gives them the Sight and makes them able to see the many magical creatures out in the woods.

This book is short, with small pages and lots of pictures.  Younger kids can read it, but the story doesn’t talk down to them and is filled with plenty of magic and suspense.  I’m looking forward to the remaining three volumes in the series.

Reviews of the other Spiderwick Chronicles:
The Field Guide
Lucinda's Secret
The Ironwood Tree
The Wrath of Mulgarath

Reviews of other books by Tony DiTerlizzi:
The Search for WondLa
A Hero for WondLa

Reviews of books illustrated by Tony DiTerlizzi:
The Spider and the Fly
The Story of Diva and Flea

Reviews of more books by Holly Black:
Doll Bones
White Cat
White Cat audiobook
Red Glove
Black Heart
The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Zombies vs. Unicorns
The Cruel Prince
The Wicked King
The Queen of Nothing
How the King of Elfhame Learned to Hate Stories
The Stolen Heir
The Prisoner's Throne

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