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The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Holly Black , Tony DiTerlizzi
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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The Spiderwick Chronicles leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.

But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem - the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety - and it's up to Nick; his stepsister, Laurie; and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.

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About the Author

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. Together with illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi, she is the creator of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series of children's books. Tony DiTerlizzi is co-creator of the international bestselling series, The Spiderwick Chronicles. He has illustrated numerous picture books for children, including Ted, G is for 1 Gzonk and the critically acclaimed The Spider and the Fly, which won the Caldecott Honor. Tony lives in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife, Angela, and their baby daughter, Sophia.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1599 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003YFJ2KC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #269,032 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
This is the first book in the 'Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series. The 162 paged rollacoaster is jam-packed with adventures and danger.

The story begins when a boy named Nick has to put up with a new stepsister called Laurie. She introduces him to the world of faeries, and soon Nick discovers a nixie. The nixie needs help to find her sisters and while Nick and Laurie look for them, they discover a giant which could easily destroy them, the nixie, their family and their house. To stop the perilous situation the pair find themselves in, an old friend is called upon...

This book was good if you enjoy fantasy and thrillers but for slightly older readers(12+)it could be a bit of a disappointment as it is reasonably short and the story itself is not really substantial enough to get into properly.

I recommend this book for anyone aged 8 or over.

SR :)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series 9 July 2011
By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Swimming scared 16 May 2010
Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi crafted a brief but captivating fantasy story in the "Spiderwick Chronicles" series, and it was all done through a glass metafictional (with the pretense that they were just telling the story told to them). Unfortunately the first book of the sequel trilogy, "The Nixie's Song," simply doesn't capture the magical world in a bottle once more -- and honestly, the new male lead is a bitter little jerk.

Nick is angry -- his father had just remarried, saddling him with a room-sharing stepbrother and a weird stepsister. Laurie is obsessed with faeries, unicorns and all sorts of fluffy fantasy things, and her bible is the Spiderwick Field Guide. But after getting a four-leaf clover, Nick is shocked to see a bizarre creature creeping across their yard... and according to Laurie, it's a nixie.

But that's not their biggest worry, especially when the nixie gives them the sight -- allowing them to see all fae creatures, including some that are not quite so pleasant. While searching for a new nixie pond, the kids encounter a fire-spewing giant that is threatening everybody and everything in the area. But they have some formidable allies as well: the Mallory kids from the "Spiderwick Chronicles," who may be able to give them a slight edge.

The "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" series isn't quite as magical or gripping as Black and DiTerlizzi's original series -- Nick is a sullen insensitive brat, and "The Nixie's Song" is rather flaccidly plotted, since it basically consists of random attacks (both by and against the giants) and Nick spending a lot of time griping and sulking. It leaves you wondering, "That's it? That's all there is?" There's still two more books to go, but it doesn't exactly start off brilliantly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars phantastic addition to the spiderwick books 29 May 2009
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
if you are into spiderwick stories, the next books are well worth having. they are giving my son hours of fun still now when he takes the books out with him on the hunt for goblins and faries. would recomend the fieldguide into the collection.
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faerie heat 7 Oct. 2007
By Amanda Richards VINE VOICE
If you're a fan of Spiderwick
You'll love "The Nixie's Song"
For boys and girls of eight & up
(It isn't very long)

A Nixie needs a little help
She's high and dry on land
Nick and Laurie do their best
But get more than they planned

The faerie down in Florida
Are turning up the heat
A giant's woken in a rage
And now he's on his feet

There's just one thing to calm him down
Or slow him up at least
And that's the thing that's always used
To sooth a savage beast

The children have to find a way
To save the State from burning
Their only hope's a character
From Spiderwick returning

The ending is a bit abrupt
There's more to come, I know
This one may get your boys to read
And leave the Nintendo

Amanda Richards
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