The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2)

The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Overview

Thanks to the mysterious field guide left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids—Jared, Simon, and Mallory—is beyond weird. When Simon goes missing, Jared is convinced creatures from the faerie world have something to do with it. Mallory is not convinced. That is, until she and Jared have to contend with a band of menacing, marauding goblins. Simon is clearly in danger, and it’s up to Mallory and Simon to save him, before it’s too late…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442496200
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #2
Sold by: SIMON & SCHUSTER
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 230,249
File size: 34 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 10 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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The Wrath of Mulgarath (Spiderwick Chronicles)


By Holly Black Tony DiTerlizzi

Simon & Schuster

Copyright © 2004 Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-689-85940-6


Chapter One

IN WHICH the World Is Turned Upside Down

The pale light of the newly risen sun made the dew shimmer on the nearby grass as Jared, Mallory, and Simon trudged along the early morning roads. They were tired, but the need to get home kept them going. Mallory shivered in her thin white dress, clutching her sword so hard that her knuckles went white. Beside her, Simon shuffled along, kicking stray bits of asphalt. Jared was quiet too. Each time his eyes closed, even for a moment, all he saw were goblins - hundreds of goblins, with Mulgarath at their head.

Jared tried to distract himself by planning what he would say to his mother when they finally got home. She was going to be furious with them for being gone all night and even madder at Jared because of that thing with the knife. But he could explain everything now. He imagined telling her about the shape-shifting ogre, the rescue of Mallory from the dwarves, and the way they had tricked the elves. His mother would look at the sword and she would have to believe them. And then she would forgive Jared for everything.

A sharp sound, like a tea kettle whistling at full volume, snapped him back to the present. They were at the gate of the Spiderwick estate. To Jared's horror, trash, papers, feathers, and broken furniture littered the lawn.

"What is all that?" Mallory gasped.

A screech drew Jared's eyes upward, where Simon's griffin was chasing a small creature around the roof and knocking pieces of slate loose. Stray feathers drifted over the roof tiles.

"Byron!" Simon called, but the griffin either didn't hear or chose to ignore him. Simon turned to Jared in exasperation. "He shouldn't be up there. His wing is still hurt."

"What's he after?" Mallory asked, squinting.

"A goblin, I think," said Jared slowly. The memory of teeth and claws red with blood awakened a horrible dread within him.

"Mom!" Mallory gasped, and began to run toward the house.

Jared and Simon raced after her. Up close they could see that the windows of the old estate were smashed and the front door hung by a single hinge.

They darted inside, through the mudroom, stepping over scattered keys and torn coats. In the kitchen, water poured from the faucet, filling a sink piled with broken plates and spilling onto the floor, where food from the overturned freezer was defrosting in wet piles. The wallboard had been punched open in places, and plaster dust, mingling with spilled flour and cereal, covered the stove.

The dining room table was still upright, but several of the chairs were knocked over, their caning ripped. One of their great-uncle's paintings was slashed and the frame was cracked, although it still hung on the wall.

The living room was worse: The television was shattered and their game console had been shoved through it. The sofas were ripped open, and stuffing was scattered across the floorboards like drifts of snow. And there, sitting on the remains of a brocade footstool, was Thimbletack.

As Jared moved closer to the little brownie, he could see that Thimbletack had a long, raw scratch on his shoulder and that his hat was missing. He blinked up at Jared with wet, black eyes.

"All my fault, all my fault," Thimbletack said. "I tried to fight; my magic's too slight." A tear rolled down his thin cheek, and he wiped it away angrily. "Goblins alone I might have driven off. The ogre just looked at me and scoffed."

"Where's Mom?" Jared demanded. He could feel himself trembling.

"Just before the break of day, they bound her and carried her away," Thimbletack said.

"They can't have!" Simon's voice was close to a squeak. "Mom!" he called, rushing to the stairs and shouting up to the next landing. "Mom!"

"We have to do something," said Mallory.

"We saw her," Jared said softly, sitting down on the ruined couch. He felt light-headed, and hot and cold at the same time. "At the quarry. She was the adult the goblins had with them. Mulgarath had her, and we didn't even notice. We should have listened - I should have listened. I never should have opened Uncle Arthur's stupid book."

The brownie shook his head vigorously. "To protect the house and those inside is my duty, Guide or no Guide."

"But if I had destroyed it like you said, none of this would have happened!" Jared punched himself in the leg.

Thimbletack scrubbed his eyes with the heel of his hand. "No one knows if that is true or not. I hid it away - see what we got?"

"Enough with the pity party - neither of you is helping!" Mallory squatted beside the footstool, handing the brownie his hat. "Where would they have taken Mom?"

Thimbletack shook his head sadly. "Goblins are filthy things, the master worse than his hirelings. They would dwell somewhere as foul as they, but where that is, I cannot say."

From above them there was a whistle and a clatter.

"One goblin is still on the roof," said Simon, looking up. "It must know!"

Jared stood up. "We'd better stop Byron before he eats it."

"Right," said Simon, heading up the stairs.

The three kids ran up the steps and down the hall toward the attic. The bedroom doors on the second floor were open. Torn clothing, pillow feathers, and ripped bedding spilled out into the hall. Outside Jared and Simon's shared room, cracked, empty tanks lay on the floor. Simon froze, a stricken expression on his face.

"Lemondrop?" Simon called. "Jeffrey? Kitty?"

"Come on," Jared said. As he steered Simon away from the wreckage of their room, he caught sight of the hall closet. The shelves were dripping with lotions and shampoos, which had also soaked the scattered towels. And at the bottom, near deep scratches in the wallboard, the secret door to Arthur's library had been ripped off its hinges.

"How did they find it?" Mallory asked.

Simon shook his head. "I guess they ransacked the place looking for it."

Jared crouched down and wriggled into Arthur Spiderwick's library. Bright sunlight streaming through the single window showed the damage clearly. Tears burned his eyes as he stepped across a carpet of shredded pages. Arthur's books had been ripped free of their bindings and scattered. Torn sketches and toppled bookshelves littered the floor. Jared looked around the room helplessly.

"Well?" Mallory called.

"Destroyed," Jared said. "Everything's destroyed."

"Come on," Simon called. "We have to get that goblin."

Jared nodded his head, despite the fact that neither his brother nor his sister could see him, and moved numbly toward the door. There was something about the desecration of this one room - a room that had remained secret all these years - that made Jared feel as though nothing would ever be right again.

Together he, Simon, and Mallory trudged up the stairs to the attic, crossing over glittering pieces of smashed holiday ornaments and stepping past a broken dress form. In the dim light Jared could see dust erupting in time with the clattering of griffin claws, and he could hear more screeching above them.

"One more level and we can step right onto the roof," Jared said, pointing to the final staircase. It led to the single highest room in the house, a small tower with half-boarded windows on all four sides.

"I think I heard some barking," Simon said as they climbed. "That goblin must still be okay."

When they reached the top of the tower, Mallory swung her sword at the window boards, splintering them. Jared tried to pry off what was left loose.

"I'll go first," Simon said, hopping onto the ledge and gingerly climbing past the jagged slats and onto the roof.

"Wait!" Jared shouted. "What makes you think you can control that griffin?" But Simon didn't seem to be paying attention.

Mallory strapped on a belt, wrapping it around the sword so it hung from her hip. "Come on!"

Jared swung his legs over the sill and stepped out onto the slate. The sudden sunlight almost blinded him, and for a moment his blurry eyes scanned the forest beyond their lawn.

Then he saw Simon approaching the griffin, who had cornered the goblin against one of the brick chimneys. The goblin was Hogsqueal.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from The Wrath of Mulgarath (Spiderwick Chronicles) by Holly Black Tony DiTerlizzi Copyright © 2004 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black . Excerpted by permission.
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The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books ever
LoveAnimals More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK & THIS SERIES ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Guest More than 1 year ago
best book i have ever read in my life
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the Spiderwick Chronicles, we find the Grace children under attack by goblins, with brother Simon and his cat gone missing. His siblings Mallory and Jared find a strange contraption left behind by their great-great uncle which fit on the face creating a sort of lens, and which, once the "seeing stone" (a stone with a hole in it) is inserted, permits the viewer to see what are normally hidden creatures of legend. I'm sure kids must love to be scared by the cruel goblins and an encounter with a troll and a griffon also add to the excitement. This series is geared towards ages 6 to 10, but I find it's good fun and I love the colourful imaginative covers, and interior pen and ink illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi.
wstull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
when jared gets home from school simon asks him if he would help him find his cat, but jared said no. Then jared looks out the window and sees his brother simon being tackeld by thin air and being dragged away. Jared looked in the book he got in the atic about magical creatures and he read you need the seeing stone to see all the creatures. after he found the seeing stone he when into the forest with mallory to look for simon. When the found him there was a goblin there waiting for someone to come beacuse he was in a cage like simon. he threatned to scream for the other goblins unlease they got him out of his cage to. Finnaly Jared, Simon, and mallory got home safly.
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mallory and Jared have to rescue Simon from the goblins, after their cat goes missing.Fun continuation of the series, frustratingly short. A little grisly for younger kids (the fate of the cat!) but fine for middlers.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is truly a fun series. This is the second book of the "Spiderwick Chronicles" and in this book the children learn to use the seeing stone in order to see the Fae. Unfortunately the Fae have learned that the children know that they exist and are trying to fight back. It is an easy read, but gripping and fun.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It does not disappoint! We loved the first one and we loved the second one. =)
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is really cute and well written for the age group it targets. This second book has Jared and MAllory rescuing Simon from a band of Goblins. They encounter several interesting creatures along the way. The illustrations add to the fun!
zodox5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Seeing Stone is another great book about two boy's and one girl that have a book that monster's want.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Jared watches as his twin brother is attacked by an unseen menace and carted away. Thimbletack, the house boggart, gives him a special seeing stone that helps him to see the creatures of faerie. With the stone firmly in place, he and Mallory set off to find their brother. The first book ended just as the story seemed to be starting and this volume starts off running. Lots of action and mythic creatures abound as the children discover just what lives in the forest behind them. My 7yo was on the edge of his seat with the excitement and is loving the humour. We are both eager to read the next book.
elliottclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the second book in The Spiderwick Chronicles series. The book is about the Grace children finding the Goblins. Jared finds his brother being dragged away by some Goblins into the forest. Jared follows and finds his brother being held prisoner at a Goblin prison camp. Jared tried to hide but was captured by the Goblins. While he was imprisoned he met a Hobgoblin. It spit in his eyes, and he could see the Goblins. He was able to escape with his brother and the Hobgoblin. He found a contraption that allows him to see the magical spirits.
raeoh7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the series. In the story the main character "Jared" is going deeper of the secret from the following of the field guide that connects to secret scopes that you can see goblins that attacts them!!! WAASDIFGJEKRJDKS The book is getting deeper and curious you will love it!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in the sequence and one of the twins is captured by Goblins. The other two have to use a seeing stone to find him. The children are getting further and further involved in the unseen world and who knows what's in store for them next
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When a mysterious unseen foe kidnaps a cat and then one of the twins, the three Grace kids start to discover the strange secret of their new home. A strong plot and good character development kept me turning the pages of this novella.
Jenica Hansen More than 1 year ago
I really did enjoyed this book. I thought it was fun and adventurous. I really enjoyed the adventure they went on. I thought it was a totally new experience. There once were 3 kids Simon, Jared, and Mallory. Simon had a pet cat, but the cat went missing, so Simon went to go find his cat out by the shed. Meanwhile, Mallory was practicing her fencing by the pole, and was making marks on both sides and swinging at it like crazy. As for Jared he was in his hideout he called it Arthur's library. While Jared was up in his “library” watching Symon, Symon was in trouble, he was being pulled away, but he could not see who, Symon or Jared could not see who, because they were invisible, he was swinging at what looked like nothing, and trying to run but he was yanked into the woods, Jaren watched his brother be yanked away into the woods. Like I said this book is very exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are in the right track but you have to read book number one of the firat seris to really understand it the best you can if you need help or have any questions label your title HELP and I will get back to you as soon as possible thank you oh and by the way greatest book seris I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWSOME!!!!!
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