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on 3 July 2008
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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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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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.

There's also not so much magic and faery presence in this book -- Black and DiTerlizzi dip briefly into the eerie other-world, especially with the nixie and giant. Black's writing gives a genuinely magical atmosphere to the mundane Floridian setting ("its green skin fading to white in places and dry as a leaf"), and the fae creatures seem suitably inhuman and strange. But the first half of the book is rather slow-moving -- although the inclusion of the Mallorys spices things up.

Nick isn't a terribly likable protagonist -- he gripes, he snipes, he whines, and he spends way too much time fussing about how his dad dared to remarry. He's slowly improving, but it's hard not to resolutely dislike the little jerk. Laurie, while a stereotypical airy-fairy type, is far more likable and engaging female lead, and it's rather refreshing to have the Mallory kids reenter the scene.

"The Nixie's Song" is a unsatisfying beginning to the "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" trilogy, although it has the start of some interesting storylines. It just doesn't gel.
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on 29 May 2009
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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on 22 September 2015
Huge fan of the series, a must have for any spiderwick fans, the beyond series is just as good. Well written and great for the kids.
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on 6 February 2014
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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VINE VOICEon 7 October 2007
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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on 1 June 2009
Couldn't put it down, had to read when the kids were in bed as they couldn't put it down either
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on 15 February 2015
another one for my grandson. He wants the rest for his birthday.
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on 18 January 2015
My wee niece loves this. Thanks
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