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FIELD GUIDE (SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES ; 1)
York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2003.
that in the wall? Do you hear it? It's hard to hear it when
there is other noise about but it's there. That tiny rustling noise.
You could almost convince yourself that it's a squirrel. Or a mouse.
Or some other animal that would be found in an old Victorian home that
is in desparate need of repair. But, squirrels don't tie people to
the bed. And they don't leave footprints in the kitchen. Can
it be? Have the Grace children been visited by fairies?
Do you believe in such things as faeries, boggarts and brownies?
In Book One of The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide we meet three
children: Mallory, Jared and Simon Grace.
They have just moved into an old run down house with their mother. These
children are typical brother and sister. They argue and fight but when
strange noises are heard and happen the children know this is no ordinary
house they live in.
Who is responsible when Mallory wakes up one morning with her hair tied
to the bedpost and bruises on her arms!? Both brothers deny doing
this to their sister, but their mother does not believe them. If Jared
and Simon are innocent then who is responsible?
Does the poem found on their first day in the house tell Jared what a boggart
is and where it can be found? Is the boggart living in their new home?
Is it responsible for the terrible things happening or is it something
else? (Roberta Dwelley, email@example.com,
Murray LaSaine Elementary)
When Jared, Simon and Mallory
Grace move into a ramshackle old Victorian home with their mother, they
begin to hear strange noises between the walls. Curious to find out if
these noises are from a squirrel or something stranger, they send Jared
in by dumbwaiter to the upper floor to investigate. Traveling upward between
the walls, Jared locates a small library where a yellowed handwritten poem
lies on the table. He shows the poem about the secret hidden “in a man’s
torso” to his siblings and convinces them that mysterious forces are stirring
up mischief in their home.
Caldecott Award winning illustrator
Tony DiTerlizzi makes this suspenseful fantasy come to life with his exquisitely
detailed illustrations of Boggarts, Trolls and other unique creatures.
Once you start, you won’t want to stop reading the entire five volume set
of The Spiderwick Chronicles. (Jean B. Bellavance for Pennsylvania
Young Reader's Choice Awards, 2004-2005)