The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5)

The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Overview

Three ordinary kids, Jared, Simon, and Wallory Grace, have entered another world -- without leaving this one! Two remarkable talents, New York Times best-sellers Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, have risked everything to bring this remarkable account to light. Five books -- one thrilling adventure -- the Spiderwick Chronicles!
Their world is closer than you think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689859403
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 09/07/2004
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #5
Pages: 160
Sales rank: 269,687
Product dimensions: 4.72(w) x 10.62(h) x 0.67(d)
Lexile: 690L (what's this?)
Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

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.

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.

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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...)



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The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5) 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Is very good
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An exellent book!
drebbles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
After their encounter with goblins, dwarves, and elves, Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace realize they have to tell their mother about the faerie world surrounding them. But they may have waited too long and it will take everything they have plus help from some friends to make everything okay. "The Wrath of Mulgarath" is the exciting conclusion to the five book series "The Spiderwick Chronicles". The book picks up right where "The Ironwood Tree" ends and is filled with non-stop action. There is the return of old favorite (Thimbletack and Hogsqueal) and not so favorite (Mulgarath) characters as well as more than one surprise along the way. The book is full of twists and turns and not everyone and everything is what they seem to be. There are moments filled with real suspense and even some humor along the way. While the climactic battle scene has plenty of action, I was a bit disappointed because certain events seemed a bit anticlimactic. Since this was the fifth and final book in "The Spiderwick Chronicles" series, everything is neatly wrapped up in the end. Readers will love reading what happens to Jared, Simon, and Mallory, as well as Thimbletack and Hogsqueal, and even Aunt Lucinda. Her ending is the most bittersweet of all. "The Wrath of Mulgarath" is a great ending to a wonderful series.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A great ending to a really enjoyable series. This, being the fifth and final book of the "Chronicles of Spiderwick," brings about a fantastic conclusion. The Grace children return to their home only to find out that their mother has been kidnapped by the goblins. They visit the elves and get enlist the help of Spiderwick himself. The children, along with their Griffin and House Brownie, track the goblins to the junkyard where they have a final confrontation with the ogre who is behind all the troubles. A fun read that moves quickly with a lot of action. I highly recommend this to any one who still has a bit of the child in them that believes in faeries.
mysteena on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What an awesome children's series. I'm so glad I took the time to read this to my kids. The ending was perfect, the characters delightfully crafted. Zack did mention "Hey, if we read the books it will ruin the ending of the movie!" lol, that's sort of the point :)
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In this final installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles, the Grace children must rescue their mother and save the human world from the evil ogre, Mulgarath. A fitting end to this series, this book was non-stop action from beginning to end. All story lines are brought to a satisfying conclusion and yet the door is left open for a sequel. This series is a perfect introduction to fantasy for young children. My 7yo was on the edge of his seat for the entire series and this will be remembered as one of our favourite read alouds.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Our only complaint - the series is over. (although I think I head there are books after this but I need to check it out more). The suspense was built and we were sucked into this book. We could barely put it down wanting to finish it. My 8 year old, who prefers it when I read out loud, even read parts of this book when I had to get up and do something! Great, great, great book!
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The final battle between the Grace children and the creatures who want their house takes place. Hold on to your hats, because it's a great finale.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the last book of the first seris so if you want read this then please read the last 4 books of the series 1 and I promise you that you will understand it much more also if you need help or have any questions please label your review HELP and I will get back to you as soon as possible thaank you and also best book seris I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good
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Name leo. Power fire. If you don't know which book you shouldn't be here. Godly parent Hephestus.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dono vizia. Demigod diaries/son of magic. Weapon has staff that turns into weapon best for the situation. Twin of circe/son of hecate. Power can contral objects with his mind. ~mace
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HAMILTON holt weapons fists
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Name: Zix Girl Five foot Daughter of apollo Weapon: archery (obviously) Hobbies include poetry. etc. Athletic smart pretty Looks: pale, red hair black eyes Clothes; tshirt over tight long sleeve tucked into jeans with a wide cloth belt and blue green tennis shoes. Oh both shirts are tucked in. Hair is always held back by a ponytail and blue headband and it still reaches to her waist.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
DDFDFFDGSFZRSNJEWDZ!AWSOME BOOBKS I READ THE HOLE SIRIES AND ITS AWSOME THAT JARED GRACE HAD BEETEN MARGRATH!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why what happened people found it?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I dont. - Derp
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think we should move our chat spot somwere elce.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good movie.
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aname10 More than 1 year ago
The fifth book of the spiderwick chronicles by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black. For ages 7-11. It is a thrilled action adventure book. The book is very magical it has to do with three kids that believe in fairies and a mysterious book. In the book there are a lot of magic, mythical creatures like goblins dragons, and a lot of fighting. In the very beginning of the book I wasn’t the interested it started to get boring but then it got to a lot of action and fighting and stuff and it became a really awesome book after that. The three kids Jared, Simon, and Mallory Grace later on through the book they have to save Simon from goblins that was my favorite part and the end. And they have to go save their mom from mulgarth the monster that is trying to take over the world. The ending of the book awesome don’t miss it you like it if you like fighting and action. Read the book to find out what happens in the whole book.
colemanstudent-jnsJS More than 1 year ago
Very magical, with a lot of mythical creatures and fighting! It has a lot of very critical situations these four kids have to go through. But, I would read the first four books first, so you won't be lost! The ending is something you won't want to miss! I promise once you pick up the first book you won't want to stop reading them all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The fifth book of the Spiderwick Chronicles, by Tony Diterlizzi and Holly Black, is an exciting thriller about three ordinary kids with a mysterious book about faries. But book number five is my personal favorite since it's just very special in a way I can't explain to you. All that I can say is you'll feel the exact same way about this book as I do. There's suspense, thrills, chills, and amazement all in this 136 paged book. I assure you that you'll never want to put this best selling work of art until you know the truth! The book is all about three kids named Mallory, Jared, and Simon Grace. They find a field guide in their Uncle Arthur's study. Along with finding the book, they also wonder what ever happened to him. They soon find out that he was taken by elves. Then the children would meet the terrifying Mulgarath. If you want to find out what happens at the end you'll just have to read it for yourself and find out.-D.T
Anonymous More than 1 year ago