The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Series #1)

The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Series #1)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Overview

The Spiderwick Chronicles leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.

But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem - the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety - and it's up to Nick; his stepsister, Laurie; and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442403574
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 09/08/2009
Series: Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #1
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 725,972
Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
File size: 5 MB
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

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 Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest,  the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son 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 & Schuster for fifteen years. 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.

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Chapter One

In Which There Are Many Different Sorts of Developments

After his mother died, Nicholas Vargas stopped bothering. His Aunt Armena had told him to be good and not to bother his father, but he decided that her advice could extend to everyone and everything. It seemed that Nick's brother had the same idea -- Jules never hung around long enough to bother anyone anymore. So the whole family kept on not bothering each other right up until Nick and Jules's dad suddenly decided to get married again.

Leading his new stepsister up the carpeted stairs, Nick had to keep his jaw clenched to stop himself from shouting. He hated that he had to give up his room and move in with Jules, who snored all night and woke up at the crack of dawn to go surfing. If his father hadn't married his stepmother after only six months of dating, Nick would still have his own room. And he wouldn't be stuck with a bedroom-stealing stepsister. Laurie was almost exactly his age and the biggest, weirdest loser he'd ever met. She bothered everyone.

Nick thought he was being fair about it, too, because he'd been called a loser and a nerd and a spaz himself. He was eleven, kind of fat, and bad at sports, while Julian shredded waves and made it to state in track. The only thing Nick thought he was really good at was school, and that was mostly about being quiet and following directions. So, okay, he knew he wasn't cool. At least he knew better than to advertise everything lame about himself. Laurie seemed to be proud to be the lamest person alive.

"What are you thinking about?" Laurie asked him, hugging a box to her chest. Her skirt brushed the floor, making the little bells along the hem jingle.

Nick cringed and set down another box of her crap on the canopy bed. All the boxes seemed to be labeled unicorns, fairies, or books about unicorns and fairies. A few of them had even bled glitter onto the hall rug.

"Things I hate," said Nick.

"Like what?" Laurie tucked a tangle of blond hair behind her ear. Bracelets clattered at her wrists.

He was tempted to tell her. "Clowns," he said instead. "They creep me out."

"I hate my name," she told him, like he'd just given her the green light to overshare. "I wish I was called Lauranathana."

"That's stupid," said Nick. "Everyone would make fun of you."

"I don't care what people think," Laurie said simply, like she meant it.

He wanted to snap at her, to tell her that everyone cared what people thought about them, but his dad had told him to be "civil" on moving day. He sighed. "Okay, so what stuff do you like?"

He looked out of her window at the empty concrete shells of houses going up all around theirs. When it had been his window, he'd liked to watch as workers poured and smoothed foundations and cut planks and nailed them in place. He liked to smell the sawdust and see that his dad's development was finally, really happening. Even though there was still some swampy forest left, soon it would all be cut back and turned into golf courses, swimming pools, and lots of other cool things. Stuff he liked.

He'd imagined playing out there with other kids, but the construction was behind schedule. Nothing was done. His dad kept complaining about the weather -- it was the hottest summer he could remember. And that, along with the brushfires and water rationing, had everyone on edge. The sun had turned the grass on the front lawn crunchy and brown, and Nicholas's dad hadn't filled the pool in the backyard, even though he usually filled the pools as soon as they were built. Now, with the rainy season about to start, Nick's whole summer was turning out to be as lame as his stepsister.

"I like all this stuff, I guess." Laurie stacked books onto her white beadboard shelves. They were mostly fantasy and fairy tales, but she'd set aside a big tome that had gold letters and what looked like a hawk on the cover.

"What's that?" he asked.

"A field guide. So you can tell which kind of faeries are which. I bet there are a lot around here, since there's so much nature."

"You don't really believe in that stuff, do you?" He took the book from her and flipped through it. It was filled with paintings and sketches of things that made the hair along his arms stand up. They didn't look like faeries. He flipped to the back. "This isn't some kind of ancient magical text. It's fake. It was published in 2005 in New York."

"It's a reprint," Laurie told him.

"Look," he said, turning the book toward her. "It says 'fiction' inside. Explain that."

"They had to put that there," Laurie said, taking it out of his hands. "So they don't get in trouble or sued. And if you don't believe me, you can ask the authors yourself, since they're signing -- "

"Hey, kids," Nick's father called from downstairs in that new, cheerful voice he used around Laurie and Charlene. "Lunch!"

After Nick and Julian's mom died and before their dad decided he needed to impress Charlene and her wacko daughter, lunch had been cold slices of leftover pizza from the night before or, on at least one occasion, a piece of apple pie with cheese melted on it. Now, apparently, it was alphabet soup and bologna sandwiches. With the crusts cut off. Nick wanted to hurl.

Downstairs in the kitchen, Julian was already sitting at the granite island. Earbud cords hung from his head, and his thumbs jabbed at the game console cradled in his hands. His hair was stiff with salt. He didn't even look up when Nick sat down next to him.

Laurie still had the stupid book tucked under one arm. "After lunch, I'm going to go look for faeries," she told her mother.

Charlene smiled mildly. "Maybe Nick can go with you. Show you around the neighborhood."

Nick scowled at his soup. Charlene was okay, but he wished she wasn't around all the time. And he wished she would stop trying to make him be friends with her daughter. Although Charlene hadn't seemed to figure it out yet, he was willing to ignore them if they'd just ignore him back.

Laurie took a bowl and crumbled a handful of Goldfish crackers into it, making a mess. It never seemed to matter what Laurie did or how bothersome she was. No one was going to tell her to stop.

"Faeries," Nick's dad said with a grin, tucking a paper napkin into his collar. "I thought they were only in England. Down here, the palmetto bugs'll get them if the lizards don't."

Nick snickered.

"They're not all small, you know," said Laurie. She clearly didn't think his dad's joke was funny, which, in Nick's opinion, only made it funnier.

"It's too hot to look for anything," Nick said, smiling down at his reflection in the granite. "Especially things that don't exist."

Nick's dad frowned and then rubbed the bridge of his nose. Maybe he was upset his joke hadn't gone over all that well. "Go help her look. Keep her from getting lost."

Nick pushed the noodle letters in his soup so they spelled l-a-m-e. Lame. Like his summer. Like his stepsister. Like how he felt as he slurped his soup down and, without saying a thing, followed Laurie out into the yard. Copyright © 2007 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Series #1) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 101 reviews.
Stacey Hess More than 1 year ago
When i started reading these books i found a four leaf clover, I put it in a case,went outside with my cousin and we took turns with the clover in our pocket and we saw something, it had yellow eyes,lime green body and was casting a three dimensional shadow. The book was great,when you are reading it i just didn't want to put it down
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is the most awsome book ever it is funny and scary and sad at the same time!!!"
Julie Brita More than 1 year ago
this is a thrilling advenchure story. i just love it iv read it 15 times this. is a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the original spiderwick series better and so im rating the original series five stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im reading it know best book ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read this book,it is awesome!:)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its written perfect
jmorrison on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
it was a good book. pretty good. just some of the wording just wasn't the best.
MissClark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really disliked how Jared was portrayed in this book. Immensely.
HenryD16 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
From the Authors of the New York Times bestselling series ¿the Spiderwick Chronicles¿.Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles starts with Book One ¿The Nixie¿s Song¿. Regular kid Nick and his new wacko step sister Laurie, stumble upon the world of the faerie. While Laurie a devout Spiderwick enthusiast is overjoyed to be brought into this fantastical new reality, Nick is horrified by what he discovers namely an injured Nixie. Nick and Laurie decide to help the injured Nixie, and in the process are drug into a heart stopping race to fulfill a pact with fairy creatures to prevent a giant from destroying their home and killing their family.In the tradition of the Spiderwick Chronicles ¿The Nixie¿s Song¿ places regular kids in a fantastical world full of strange creatures and hidden dangers. Where they must be the heroes and protect themselves, and the adult world from the troubles that they alone can see. The action is fast paced and follows unexpected twists and turns. A good read for fans of the Spiderwick Chronicles.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The boys and I really enjoy the Spiderwick Chronicles. I'd say I like the first set of books better than this one, but it was still relatively fun. I did enjoy how the authors poked fun at themselves at one point in the novel. I was also a bit surprised when Jared said a curse word, but as I was reading it out loud to the boys I just edited. Still, they were shocked to hear Jared say "Lard Butt", lol! We'll be starting the next book later this week. We love Spiderwick!
juliahuprich on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Nicholas has had his whole world turned upside down after his mother dies and his father remarries: his stepmother is always at the house, and he has to give his room to his stepsister, Laurie, and move into his older brother Julian¿s room. And if that wasn¿t bad enough, Laurie is really weird ¿ she even believes in fairies! Nicholas doesn¿t think it could get any worse until he starts seeing fairies, too. But then a fairy sends them on a quest to find her sisters¿ not an easy thing to do when there¿s a giant trying to kill you! First book in the ¿Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles¿ series. This is a great book and it deals well with issues of remarriage and stepfamilies. Fast-paced and well-written. 700L
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas has had to make a lot of adjustments since his mother died and their father remarried. For one thing, he has to give up his bedroom to his new stepsister, Laurie. Nicholas doesn't have a lot of patience with Laurie, especially since she believes fairies are real. He tells her that her book about fairies, "Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You" is fiction but she insists that fairies do exist. Much to his surprise, Nicholas finds out that Laurie is right and soon he is involved in adventures far beyond anything he would have imagined. "The Nixie's Song" is the first book in the three-part sequel to the "Spiderwick Chronicles" fantasy series for children. I was a bit wary about reading it, because I was afraid that it wouldn't capture the magic of the first series, but it does a very good job of doing so. It does at times walk a very fine line that could have been dangerous as it blurs the line between fiction and nonfiction - authors Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black appear as characters as do Simon and Jared Grace (with Jared playing a big role towards the end of this book) - but it works out fine. The book deals nicely with the real life issue of a young boy struggling with the loss of his mother and his father's remarriage and dealing with a new stepsister. Nick Vargas is a well-written character - he thinks of himself as a bit of a loser, overweight and resentful of losing his bedroom to his new stepsister. His stepsister Laurie is also well written, a young girl who still believes in magic. All of the magical elements are well done especially the Nixie and the Giant. Authors DiTerlizzi and Black have written yet another magical book.
dk_phoenix on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
While I enjoyed this book, I didn't feel it was anywhere on par with the initial 5-book Spiderwick series. It was a good continuation of the theme, but I felt that the near-breaking of the fourth wall was a bit much to handle in terms of believability... though perhaps children will appreciate it, since it might make the story seem all that more real for them. For myself, however, I found it distracted from the storyline more than anything else.
knielsen83 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great start to the first of the next Spiderwick series. It leaves off on a cliffhanger of sorts, so I can't wait until the next one comes out.
abbylibrarian on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the first book of their spinoff series Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Black and DiTerlizzi introduce Nick and Laurie. Nick is disgruntled because his dad has recently married Laurie's mom and now Laurie has moved in and taken over his bedroom. Laurie seems to have her head in the clouds, dragging around a well-loved copy of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide and convincing Nick that she believes faeries really exist. On a search for said faeries, Nick gets more than he bargains for when he picks up a four-leafed clover and it gives him the Sight. When he and Laurie help a dying nixie get back to her pond, she repays them by granting them both permanent Sight. Then she blackmails them into helping her find her lost sisters. You don't need to have read the Spiderwick books to make sense of this first book in a new trilogy. However, some characters from Spiderwick make cameos and I think the story will be more fleshed out if you've read the first series. I found it to be an okay follow-up and it ends on somewhat of a cliffhanger (with the next book, A Giant Problem to be released in Sept. 2008). It's quite timely with the movie due out in February.
Spence5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
IN this action book Laurie and Nick have to defeat a giant bear like creature before it destroys them and their family. This book will really get you excited to read the next book in the spiderwick series.
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Thankas alot #3 that really helped i already read spiderwick chronicles and it was great thanks again!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing. Book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hi I am all for the new look black and white with jeggings and flip flops or boots. Throw in a a cute cap if you want. My mom probalay disapproves it but that is her discision.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the spiderwick chronicles i didnt like it i loved it anyway im an inch away from liking this series better if your friend told you its good read it because their not lying.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago