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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: 19.8 x 1.6 x 12.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 201,077 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 www.blackholly.com. 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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chrestomanci VINE VOICE on 27 July 2004
Format: Hardcover
'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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By bernie VINE VOICE on 21 April 2005
Format: Hardcover
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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By priestley on 31 Jan 2008
Format: Hardcover
Lucinda's secret is an excellent book from the Spiderwick Chronicles. It's a fantasy book about three children: Jared, Simon and Mallory. Who believe in faeries and goblins because they have seen them.

They all are brothers and sisters and Jared and Simon are twins, even though they are very different. Mallory is the oldest. What happens is that they start to notice very weird happenings like the water tasting strange in the house. They know that the house they live in is not safe as Aunt Lucinda tells them.

Jared has a very special book, The Guide, which the faeries are after. They go on one big adventure through the forest. The reason they go to the forest is to find their Aunt Lucinda's father who left home when Lucinda was young.

The main character is Jared Grace who is quite,he can
Get very cross, and will certainly not let any Goblin
or Faerie touch the Guide.

My favourite character is Mallory because she is not girlie, never wears dresses and does fencing. When they go into the forest she brings her fencing sword with her.

I think that there are a few funny bits in the book, for instance when they are in the forest and when they meet the Phooka (a creature) the Phooka says to Mallory swords haven't been the fashion for ages and then Jared says that's my sister, the Phooka says that's no girl, where's her dress? Mallory says dresses haven't been the fashion for ages.

I recommend the book for age nine to eleven years old and it's for both boys and girls.

Alice
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By Mark Baker TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Mar 2009
Format: Hardcover
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. Mallory is convinced they need to give the guide to the next creature that asks for it so they will be safe. But Jared thinks that would be even more dangerous.

Then they reach a compromise. They'll go visit their great aunt Lucinda and see what she knows about the book. The story she tells might explain why she is in an insane asylum, if the children didn't know better. Will her story check out? What should they do with the book?

The first part of the book falls into heavy exposition as it sets the stage for more action to come. But the pay off for that comes fairly quickly as the kids have another encounter in the second half. That part is certainly exciting. And the book leaves several plot threads open to be resolved in the fourth installment.

This serialization is highly addictive and entertaining. You'll want to make sure you have access to all 5 books before you begin. Read in order, they will provide an entertaining fantasy story.
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