The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5)

The Wrath of Mulgarth (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #5)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

Hardcover(Large Print Edition)

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The fifth and final book in the first Spiderwick series!

Through field, cave, and forest
this tale has been spun.
And three must now finish
what malice has begun.

One will bear sword,
and one will rule sky,
but one has the answer
hidden deep down inside --

an answer for anger,
a balm against rage,
freedom for a captive,
and the cure for a sage.

See who is standing
when you turn the last page.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786285792
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 12/06/2006
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #5
Edition description: Large Print Edition
Pages: 183
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.80(d)
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

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

Read an Excerpt

Chapter One: IN WHICH
More Than a Cat Goes Missing

The late bus dropped Jared Grace at the bottom of his street. From there it was an uphill climb to the dilapidated old house where his family was staying until his mother found something better or his crazy old aunt wanted it back. The red and gold leaves of the low-hanging trees around the gate made the gray shingles look forlorn. The place looked as bad as Jared felt.

He couldn't believe he'd had to stay after school already.

It wasn't like he didn't try to get along with the other kids. He just wasn't good at it. Take today, for example. Sure, he'd been drawing a brownie while the teacher was talking, but he was still paying attention. More or less. And she didn't have to hold up his drawing in front of the whole class. After that, the kids wouldn't stop bothering him. Before he knew it, he was ripping some boy's notebook in half.

He'd hoped things would be better at this school. But since his parents' divorce, things had gone from bad to worse.

Jared walked into the kitchen. His twin, Simon, sat at the old farmhouse table with an untouched saucer of milk in front of him.

Simon looked up. "Have you seen Tibbs?"

"I just got home." Jared went to the fridge and took a swig of apple juice. It was so cold that it made his head hurt.

"Well, did you see him outside?" Simon asked. "I've looked everywhere."

Jared shook his head. He didn't care about the stupid cat. She was just the newest member of Simon's menagerie. One more animal wanting to be petted or fed, or jumping on his lap when he was busy.

Jared didn't know why he and Simon were so different. In movies, identical twins got cool powers like reading each other's minds with a look. It figured that the most real-life twins could do was wear the same-size pants.

Their sister, Mallory, thundered down the stairs, lugging a large bag. The hilts of fencing swords stuck out from one end.

"Hey, good job getting detention, nutcase." Mallory slung the bag over her shoulder and walked toward the back door. "At least this time, no one's nose got broken."

"Don't tell Mom, okay, Mal?" Jared pleaded.

"Whatever. She's going to find out sooner or later." Mallory shrugged and headed out onto the lawn. Clearly this new fencing team was even more competitive than the last. Mallory had taken to practicing at every spare moment. It bordered on obsessive.

"I'm going to Arthur's library," Jared said, and started up the stairs.

"But you have to help me find Tibbs. I waited for you to get home so you could help."

"I don't have to do anything." Jared took the stairs two at a time.

In the upstairs hall he opened the linen closet and went inside. Behind the stacks of mothball-packed, yellowed sheets was the door to the house's secret room.

It was dim, lit faintly by a single window, and had the musty smell of old dust. The walls were lined with crumbling books. A massive desk covered in old papers and glass jars dominated one side of the room. Great-Great-Uncle Arthur's secret library. Jared's favorite place.

He glanced back at the painting that hung next to the entrance. A portrait of Arthur Spiderwick peered down at him with small eyes half hidden behind tiny, round glasses. Arthur didn't look that old, but he had a pinched mouth and he seemed stuffy. He certainly didn't seem like someone who would believe in faeries.

Opening the first drawer on the left-hand side of the desk, Jared tugged free a cloth-wrapped book: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around Us. He'd only found it a few weeks before, but already Jared had come to think of it as his. He kept it with him most of the time, sometimes even sleeping with it under his pillow. He would have even brought it to school, but he was afraid someone would take it from him.

There was a faint sound inside the wall.

"Thimbletack?" Jared called softly.

He could never be sure when the house brownie was around.

Jared put the book down next to his latest project -- a portrait of his dad. No one, not even Simon, knew that Jared had been practicing drawing. He wasn't very good -- in fact, he was awful. But the Guide was for recording stuff, and to record well, he was going to have to learn to draw. Still, after today's humiliation, he didn't feel much like bothering. To be honest, he felt like tearing the picture of his father to pieces.

"There is a fell smell in the air," said a voice close to Jared's ear. "Best take care."

He whirled around to see a small nut-brown man dressed in a doll-size shirt and pants made from a dress sock. He was standing on one of the bookshelves at Jared's eye level, holding on to a piece of thread. At the top of the shelf, Jared could see the glint of a silver needle that the brownie had used to rappel down with.

"Thimbletack," Jared said, "what's wrong?"

"Could be trouble, could be nought. Whatever it is, it's what you wrought."


"You kept the book despite my advice. Sooner or later there'll be a price."

"You always say that," said Jared. "What about the price for the sock you cut up to make your outfit? Don't tell me that was Aunt Lucinda's."

Thimbletack's eyes flashed. "Do not laugh, not today. You will learn to fear the fey."

Jared sighed and walked to the window. The last thing he needed was more trouble. Below, he could see the whole backyard. Mallory was close to the carriage house, stabbing at the air with her foil. Further out, near the broken-down plank fence that separated the yard from the nearby forest, Simon stood, hands cupped, probably calling for that stupid cat. Beyond that, thick trees obscured Jared's view. Downhill, in the distance, a highway cut through the woods, looking like a black snake in tall grass.

Thimbletack grabbed hold of the thread and swung over to the window ledge. He started to speak, then just stared outside. Finally he seemed to get his voice back. "Goblins in the wood. Doesn't look good. My warning comes too late. There's no help for your fate."


"By the fence. Have you no sense?"

Jared squinted and looked in the direction the brownie indicated. There was Simon, standing very still and staring at the grass in an odd way. Jared watched in horror as his brother started to struggle. Simon twisted and struck out, but there was nothing there.

"Simon!" Jared tried to force the window open, but it was nailed shut. He pounded on the glass.

Then Simon fell to the ground, still fighting some invisible foe. A moment later, he disappeared.

"I don't see anything!" he shouted at Thimbletack. "What is going on?"

Thimbletack's black eyes gleamed. "I had forgotten, your eyes are rotten. But there is a way, if you do what I say."

"You're talking about the Sight, aren't you?"

The brownie nodded.

"But how come I can see you and not the goblins?"

"We can choose to show what we want you to know."

Jared grabbed the Guide and ruffled through pages he knew nearly by heart: sketches, watercolor illustrations, and notes in his uncle's scratchy handwriting.

"Here," Jared said.

The little brownie leapt from the ledge to the desk.

The page beneath Jared's fingers showed different ways to get the Sight. He scanned quickly. "'Red hair. Being the seventh son of a seventh son. Faerie bathwater'?" He stopped at the last and looked up at Thimbletack, but the little brownie was pointing excitedly down the page. The illustration showed it clearly, a stone with a hole through the middle, like a ring.

"With the lens of stone, you can see what's not shown." With that, Thimbletack jumped from the desk. He skittered across the floor toward the door to the linen closet.

"We don't have time to look for rocks," Jared yelled, but what could he do except follow?

Copyright © 2003 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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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.
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Name leo. Power fire. If you don't know which book you shouldn't be here. Godly parent Hephestus.
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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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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.
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Why what happened people found it?
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I dont. - Derp
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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
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