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Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicle) [Hardcover]

Holly Black , Tony DiTerlizzi
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11 Oct 2003 Spiderwick Chronicle
Things at the Grace residence are getting completely out of hand. As if being attacked by goblins and almost eaten by a bridge troll wasn't enough, now the house boggart, Thimbletack, is out to get Jared. Simon has a very hungry griffon recuperating in the carriage house, and Mallory is convinced that the only way to stop the madness is to get rid of the Guide. But fortunately for Jared, it seems that is not an option. With all kinds of creatures after them, the Guide is the only protection the Grace kids have. If only they could work out why the faeries are stalking them? Could it be the Guide that they want? There's only one person who might know the answer - their crazy old Aunt Lucinda.

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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's; 1st ed edition (11 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689837402
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689837401
  • Product Dimensions: 12.1 x 18 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 305,258 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Holly Black spent her early years in a decaying Victorian mansion where her mother fed her a steady diet of ghost stories and faerie tales. An avid collector of rare folklore volumes, spooky dolls, and crazy hats, she lives in West Long Branch, New Jersey, with her husband, Theo. This is her first book. For more information, visit Mary Botham Howitt was born in 1799 in Coleford, England. Originally published in 1829, Mary's best-known work 'The Spider and the Fly' has been enjoyed by generations of readers and has become an age old classical cautionary tale. Mary Howitt died in Rome in 1888. Tony DiTerlizzi's unique and unusal artstyle is the perfect complement to Howitt's classic tale. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn, New York.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best of the Spiderwick Chronicles so far 27 July 2004
By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE
'Lucinda's Secret' is the third book in the Spiderwick Chronicles - continuing from where Book 2 -'The Seeing Stone' left off.
The Grace children are in more danger than ever. Thimbletack their house-boggart has fallen out with nine year-old-Jared because he refuses to give him Arthur Spiderwick's old book containing the truth about the invisible faerie world - only now, it isn't invisible to the Grace kids any longer. A hobgoblin spat in their eyes, giving them 'the sight,' and now they see magical creatures that are invisible to their mother and everyone else. This is perhaps as well, as Jared's twin brother Simon is looking after an enormous injured griffin!
The old house that the Grace family live in belongs to their Great Aunt Lucinda - locked away in an insane asylum for refusing food and claiming she is fed by faeries. Jared realizes that their mad relative isn't perhaps as insane as people think - so he, Simon and Mallory visit her, to ask her advice about what they should do with the Field Guide. But when they return home they are in for an unpleasant surprise. This time their adventure involves a phooka, a unicorn and some beautiful yet sinister elves.
These little books are like something from a bygone era. The writing is a delight - but it is the illustrations that make them truly special. They are amply illustrated with fabulous 'Arthur Rackham' style pictures that will delight children from 8 to 80.
This book is the third in a series of five - about the strange, magical, and decidedly dangerous inhabitants of the invisible faerie world that surrounds us. The Spiderwick Chronicles continue with: Book 4 - 'The Ironwood Tree.'
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5.0 out of 5 stars The children meet Aunt Lucy 21 April 2005
By now you have figured out that the Spiderwick Chronicles are actually one story split over several books much as the Tolkien story is not a trilogy but a one story split over three books.

In the last book we see that the children made up a lame excuse for their foray into the magical world around them.

Now they wonder why the Field Guide is of interest to every one and go to Aunt Lucinda for answers. As you recall Aunt Lucinda is in the Nut house, oops, rest home for eccentrics. They get more than they planned on.

We follow them as they discover the mystery of the missing Arthur Spiderwick. The adventure has a sort of Alice feel.

Be he alive or be he dead

They think they know

Which way Arthur fled.
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5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 9 July 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I like this book because it makes you believe and it makes you laugh and it makes you have a better imagination.

I gave this book 5stars because it's fab and funny also fun.

I would give this book to Lily-May red fern because she has read book 1and 2.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastical 8 Feb 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Has been keeping a young grandson very happy, edgy, scared, wide eyed and enthralled for a few nights as I read him a bedtime story via Skype - a lovely way to keep in touch. Story spellbinding and illustrations magical.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great set of books 24 May 2013
By Alison
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We lost the original books so decided to replace them in hardback - a lovely book but not quite to the original high quality!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 16 Mar 2013
By Cee
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This book arrived quickly,well before the expected date, so was able to give as a Christmas gift. It was well packaged and great value for money. My grandson loves this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing books 3 May 2011
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
I must admit I am addicted to these books, read three of them in 2 days and will more than likely reread the whole series again and again. Some books are like a bottle of Gatorade that you just chug back, some like a nice cup of tea that you sip, and some like a fine wine that you savour slowly. Right now I am drinking these books back because I need to know what happens next. But I know I will go back and drink them in slowly like a big mug of Irish Breakfast tea on my second reading. Black and DiTerlizzi have written a wonderful series that I can highly recommend. Their books are very enjoyable, and much like the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis, will be enjoyed by both the young and young at heart!

In this book the Grace children, Malory, and the twins Jared and Simon, visit their Great Aunt Lucinda and discover that even though she is committed she is not really crazy. In this book we also meet more creatures from the other world, and find out that many different beings want Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide, and they all seem malevolent to some extent. We also discover that something lost for more than 70 years might really be close at hand. And Thimbletack does not appear, but signs of his mischief abound. In this book we meet a unicorn, fairies, and elves. It is another wonderful book in an awesome series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets galore
They may have dealt with the whole goblin disaster for the moment, but the problems are not over for the kids of the Spiderwick Chronicles. Read more
Published on 17 May 2010 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars The children meet Aunt Lucy
By now you have figured out that the Spiderwick Chronicles are actually one story split over several books much as the Tolkien story is not a trilogy but a one story split over... Read more
Published on 26 April 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars spiderwick stories are phantastic
better than the movie, the spiderwick books are a phantastic read for kids of all ages. i would say from 5 to 99. Read more
Published on 29 May 2009 by Hanna D. Stewart
5.0 out of 5 stars The Middle Book Advances the Story
This book in the series finds the Grace children dealing with the aftermath of the goblin attack. Thimbletack is mad at Jared and ruining anything he can. Read more
Published on 24 Mar 2009 by Mark Baker
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun with Phooka
Lucinda's secret is an excellent book from the Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a fantasy book about three children: Jared, Simon and Mallory. Read more
Published on 31 Jan 2008 by priestley
5.0 out of 5 stars The Spiderwick Chronicles, book 3.
Lucinda's Secret is yet another exciting and enjoyable advennture in the Spiderwick series. I won't give loads of info away, but it does involve Jared getting trapped by strong... Read more
Published on 25 May 2005 by "penny5680"
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Book, but not the best!
Lucinda's Secret was the first Spiderwick Novel(well book)that i read, it immediately encaptured me into the world of the Grace children. Read more
Published on 16 Dec 2004 by AnonFilmCritic
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