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The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles) [Audiobook, CD] [Audio CD]

Holly Black , Tony DiTerlizzi , Andrew McCarthy
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1 Oct 2007 Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles (Book 1)
Eleven year-old Nick Vargas thinks his sucky life is being turned upside down - his father has just remarried and moved his new wife and her daughter into his home in the soon-to-be-completed, Mangrove Hollow. And now, not only has Nick lost his bedroom to his wacky new step-sister Laurie (who lugs around this huge book about faeries) - if that wasn't bad enough - Nick's father actually wants him to spend time with her! So when an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a nixie with a giant problem - and by giant, we mean the enormous, fire-breathing kind - it's up to Nick and Laurie (with the help of Nick's older brother and a very familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to come up with a plan. Will they be able to stop the rampaging beast before all of Mangrove Hollow goes up in smoke?

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (1 Oct 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743569156
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743569156
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 14.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 253,507 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. 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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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.

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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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4.0 out of 5 stars For my son 6 Feb 2014
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This book was purchased with another book in the series for my son. The delivery was on time and my sone enjoyed reading it.
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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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