Friday, May 30, 2014

The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Twins Jared and Simon, and their sister Mallory have been forced into moving by their parents recent divorce. The children leave everything they know and move with their mother into their institutionalized aunt’s decaying New England home. Right from the start strange things begin to happen to the family, but when Jared discovers a hidden room and uncovers the secret truth of fairies, things get much worse. One mystery uncovers another as the family is drawn deeper and deeper into a decade’s old secret there is no coming back from.

Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black work together to create an exciting and suspenseful series that shows us that the world of the fey exists right in our own backyards. These books are sprinkled with stunning illustrations from its co-author, Tony DiTerlizzi, that really bring the characters to life. There are five books in the series: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, Lucinda’s Secret, The Ironwood Tree, and TheWrath of Mulgrath. Each book is a fairly fast read and offers up just enough of the overarching story line to leave you intrigued and wanting more; so I recommend taking home the first three at least!

Once you finish the Spiderwick Chronicles try their next series Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. This (much shorter) series follows Nick and Laurie, newly made step-siblings trying to understand each other and the mysteries of the fey of Florida. This series includes: The Nixie’s Song, A Giant Problem, and The Wyrm King. If you’re still craving more awesome fairies and amazing art, don’t forget to check out The Care and Feeding of Sprites. These books and many more can be found at the Virginia Beach Public Library.

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