Friday 3 June 2011

The Nixie’s Song - Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi - Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1

The Nixie's Song
Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles
Book 1
Holly Black and
Tony DiTerlizzi

Simon and Schuster
ISBN 9780689871313

I loved the original 5 books in the Spiderwick Chronicles. I also really enjoyed the 3 supplemental books and manuals by Black and DiTerlizzi, so to say I was looking forward to the Beyond Spiderwick trilogy would be to put it very lightly. I loved this first book in the trilogy. I really like the main characters, step- brother and sister, Nick and Laurie Vargas. This story, set in the Florida marshland, is a whole new approach to the fantastical world around us.
Both Nick and Laurie are fairly unhappy with their lot in life. Nick's mother was sick, has passed away and now his dad has remarried. Laurie's dad is half way across the country. And now they are living in a blended home. Nick's dad is the developer building Mangrove Hollow, 'A Community Set In Nature'. But soon life becomes very complicated for them. Nick discovers a four leaf clover and then a creature from one of Laurie's books. They save it, but end up in trouble in the process, and soon their lives and troubles are bigger than they would have ever imagined.

The main characters are the greatest strength of this story. They are ordinary kids, with family problems, who are thrown into a world of supernatural creatures and problems to solve they could never have imagined. I loved the book and cannot wait to read book 2, A Giant Problem, to find out what will happen to them next!

Books by Black and DiTerlizzi: The Spiderwick Chronicles
The Field Guide
The Seeing Stone
Lucinda's Secret
The Ironwood Tree
The Wrath of Mulgarath

Arthur Spiderwick's Notebook of Fantastical Observations
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You
Care and Feeding of Sprites

Beyond Spiderwick
The Nixie's Song
A Giant Problem
The Wyrm King

Other Books by Holly Black:
The Poison Eaters and Other Stories

The Coldest Girl in Coldtown
Doll Bones

The Modern Faerie Tales

The Good Neighbors

The Curse Workers
White Cat
Red Glove
Black Heart

Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd
Zombies vs. Unicorns
Welcome to Bordertown

Other Books by Tony Diterlizzi:

Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure
G is for One Gzonk
Kenny & the Dragon
The Search for WondLa

Books Illustrated by Tony Diterlizzi:
Dinosaur Summer
Ribbiting Tales
Alien & Possum: Friends No Matter What
Alien & Possum: Hanging Around
The Spider & The Fly
Peter Pan in Scarlet

Books by Tony & Angela DiTerlizzi:
Adventures of Meno:
Wet Fun!
Big Friend!
Yummy Trip!
Uh-Oh Sick!

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