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The Nixie's Song (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles) Hardcover – 16 Nov 2007

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Age Range: 7 - 11 years
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (16 Nov. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0689871317
  • ISBN-13: 978-0689871313
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,342,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Holly Black is the author of bestselling contemporary fantasy books for kids and teens. Some of her titles include The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), The Modern Faerie Tale series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at BlackHolly.com.

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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.

SR :)
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By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 9 July 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 May 2010
Format: Hardcover
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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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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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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It is so good to see kids excited at the arrival of a book - my grandson is over the moon - swift delivery- thanks.
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