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The Ironwood Tree (The Spiderwick Chronicles #4)

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First a pack of goblins snatched Simon. Then a band of elves tried to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Arthur Spiderwick’s Guide?

At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something in the water is killing off the the plants and animals. Will the Grace k
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Hardcover, 111 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster UK (first published 2004)
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Evelyn (devours and digests words)
There are huge chunks of new scenes in this fourth instalment that were not in the movie. So it's like reading a different storyline. I'm really warming to Mallory and Simon, too.

As usual, the drawings by Tony DiTerlizzi are as breath-taking as ever.

Steven R. McEvoy
The further I get into this series, the more I like it. These are great books, wonderfully written and illustrated. Black and DiTerlizzi have done an amazing job. These books in some ways are like C.S. Lewis's Narnia books, and in other ways like J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, but they are not overtly religious the way Lewis's are and they are not as dark as Tolkien's. They will introduce children to the concept of wonder, and believing in things unseen, or at least unseen by most. As the s ...more
Jaya
i loved this book it is so discripted and detailed it is such a good book!! that's why i love the book.
Angela Twidwell
In the Ironwood Tree we continue on with the adventures of Jared, Simon, and Mallory as they travel into the realm of dwarfs. The family goes to Mallory's fencing match and Jared discovers there is a shape shifter there who is not only appearing in Jared's form but following him. After everything is said and done, Mallory is nowhere to be found. Jared and Simon discover that someone or better yet something took her after finding her fencing metal along with a message that says 'trade'. Learning ...more
Esraa
I loved it so much,
this is a book that is difficult to describe. it was so cute ..
The end of the story is better than the beginning. So, I'm sure to read all the numbers of (The Spiderwick Chronicles) .
Julie Decker
Jared and Simon are used to having someone around who looks just like them. They're identical twins, after all. But they're not triplets, and there appear to be three of them now, so clearly faerie involvement is to blame. As they're puzzling that out, their sister Mallory disappears from her fencing match and they must figure out what snuck in and took her--and how to get her back again. What do these dwarves want? And what's their sister got to do with it? This Field Guide thing may be good fo ...more
Justin Padilla
The Ironwood Tree is about three siblings named Jared, Simon, Mallory who just moved from New York, becuase of a bad relationship with their father. They moved to a old abandound family house, that is surrounded by a thick black forest. Jared's main external conflict is that 100's of goblins, trolls, and faries are trying to kill him to get his special book, so they can rule the world. Jared's main internal conflict is that he has to try and save the world but at the same time he has to adjust ...more
Brina
Die Abenteuer der Grace Geschwister gehen in die vierte Runde!

Gerade noch konnten sich die Geschwister vor den Elfen retten, schon müssen sie sich mit anderen Wesen rund um das Spiderwick Anwesen auseinandersetzen.
Mallory verschwindet nach einem Fechtturnier spurlos. Jared und Simon machen sich auf die Suche nach ihrer großen Schwester und finden sie nur durch Zufall in einer Höhle wieder, in der sie von den Zwergen gefangen gehalten wird.
Ihre Schwester bekommen die Zwillinge nur dann zurück, we
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Jess
This book was really good! It was a quick, fun read that took me like 30 minutes to read. The characters were well developed and for some odd reason, I found the goblins/dwarves really cute. Well written
Alberto
I'm glad they stayed one step ahead of the elves. They're really stuck up and crafty. It was satisfying they were able to make monkeys out of them.
Madilyn
I read it in 45 minutes. It was cute. I wouldn't recommend for kids under 10 because of the violence at the end. :)
Christian
Cuarto capítulo de las crónicas Spiderwick

La historia va tomando tintes mas "serios". Empezamos a ver la maldad y el poder del "jefe" malvado desplegados sobre las otras especies de este mundo oculto.

Sucesos confusos comienzan a suceder los hermanos, y algunos de ellos se verán obligados a correr nuevos riegos y adentrarse en lugares desconocidos en los que no tienen garantizada su seguridad.

Conocemos mas de cerca a esta raza que habita las canteras y vislumbramos como será el final de esta apas
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Twig
I think the dwarves are creepy but the rest of the story was as lovely as before.
Aelvana
Jared's troubles are getting worse. Not only is he still under suspicion for everything that happened with Thimbletack and for his own bad behavior at school, but now a new evil has taken up arms against him. And it knows how to make his trouble far worse than a few weeks of being grounded.

Mallory's fencing meet brings more trouble than anyone anticipated. When faerie creatures start getting involved, it's once again up to the Grace kids to get themselves out of the mess. Jared's starting to see
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Andrea Ika

My thought
The story
It's been two weeks since anything weird has happened to the Grace family. But all that changes on the day of the Mallory's fencing tournament. While watching from the bleachers, Jared spies someone going through Mallory's bag. Then Mallory disappears. Can Jared and Simon find her?

The danger never seemed too real in the series until Mulgarath was introduced; he is a character with no remorse, and the illustrations of him are frightening

"The Ironwood Tree" contains some of the
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Katy Jane
1. I don't know how everything is going to get wrapped up in just one more book.
2. They have to find Arthur still.
3. And beat Mulgrath.
4. And deal with their dad's departure.
5. And maybe save Aunt Lucy from the nuthouse.
6. And save all mankind.
7. The dwarf cave, although the kids were there under bad situations, seemed like a really cool place.
8. The dwarf deaths almost made me cry.
9. We didn't hear about the griffin much in this book, so maybe he'll be in the next.
10. And we haven't dealt w
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Burçak Kılıç
Bu kitapta cüceler Malory'i kaçırırlar ve Jared'la Simon'a kitapla değiş tokuş istediklerine dair not bıralırlar. Çocuklar da ablalırını kurtarmak için kabul ederler ama kitap onlarda olmadığı için hileye başvurarar başka kitap vermeye karar verirler. Cücelerin bulunduğu madenlere giderler ma esir alınırlar falan filan.. kurtulurlar falan filan.. :P Ama sonunda Mulgarath sahaya çıkar ve cüceleri kendi tarafında olmalarına rağmen goblinlere yem eder :S Son kitaba geçtim ve SAVAŞ BAŞLASIN! :))
Seussville
AHHH DWARVES!!! We think you should read The Ironwood Tree by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black so you can find out about the dwarves.
The starting of the book was when Mallory had her fencing tournament. At the tournament, Jared saw a girl looking through Mallory's bag. This thing turned out to be a not-Jared. In other words it looked just like Jared but it wasn't Jared. The real Jared thought that the not-Jared was looking for the field guide. When they go to leave the tournament, they discover
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Siobhan
I can honestly say that this series is one that was really let down by the film adaptation. Back when the film was released I found myself excited for what was to come, only to be extremely disappointed with what we were given. If you’re someone who enjoyed the film then I really do suggest that you read the books to find out just how great they actually are rather than taking the film standpoint on it.

The fourth instalment of the series follows in the footsteps of the three previous books as it
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Rita Wang
Didn't really enjoy this book as much as I did the others. The reason being is that similarly to the first book, Jared was again blamed for something he didn't do, yet unlike the first book, he is seen as a problematic child, assumed by his mother to be reeling from her and Jared's father's divorce. I did like that this book actually progressed the overarching plot of the story, which the other books failed to do as they were just little stories easing the reader into the world of fae surroundin ...more
Nadine Larter
Still loving the story. I love that the books are relatively short and full of beautiful illustrations. It's kind of cool to do one stories in a series of books. I imagine it's great for kids because it holds their attention. It's more fun to move on to the next "book" than the next chapter :)
Javier Galindez
Al parecer alguien se esta haciendo pasar por Jared en la escuela y no es Simon. Mallory ha sido raptada luego de participar en una competencia de esgrima, los gemelos Grace la buscan por todos lados hasta que van a parar a una vieja cantera.

Unos enanos los capturan y los llevan al Señor de los Enanos, intentan canjear el libro de Arthur (Hacen pasar un libro de matemáticas por "El libro fantástico")por su hermana, lo cual los enanos los engañan. Mulgarath aparece luego de que los tres hermanos
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Marc
This volume is almost a Snow White story, except here the girl's twin brothers are her rescuers and the dwarves are the villains.

I also like seeing children come to appreciate their sibling's abilities and value. The book also levels however lightly with the issue of growing up and with not wanting to compete with someone you like.

The plot is very active--not that the others weren't. It carries the reader through the adventure and sets up the tension for the final volume, making it very evident
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Amanda
Overall, well done. The more creatures we learn about the more dangers we learn of in the world.

Still reading well. This particular book seems to have some "Snow White"esque feels. The dwarves and glass case in particular.

I wish we got to know more of the creature that was Jared, but not Jared... It would have made for an interesting story line.

The glossy picture in the middle, was kind of lost on me... It's not actually outwardly said (in this book anyway), that Jared is actually getting expel
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Isabella
This book I really liked a lot because it was about these three children, who are called Mallory, Jared and Simon. Mallory has a fencing game, while Mallory was fencing Jared saw someone sneaking in to Mallory's bag,he had stolen something and then ran off. Jared decided to run after him, when Jared found him he looked exactly like himself, he was something like a creature. Jared was threatening him that he would take out his knife, when the teacher came along the creature melted and slithered a ...more
Jessica Robinson
I loved these books.

This was another series I picked up because of the film and I wasn't let down. Holly Black never disappoints, as her writing is flawless.

My younger self would have given this an instant 5/5; however, being of an older audience, I had to go with a 4. It's a lovely series and I adored them, but this is written for a younger reader.

This is also a series you HAVE to complete because the individual books don't really have conclusions. They all tie in to complete the one storyli
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K McClelland
I don't love or hate this series. It's a series I started, they're very quick reads, and I'm going to see it through to the end. If you read younger stories, I recommend this series and if you're not into those kind of stories, then maybe you should try this out anyway. It's not horrible. I won't lie though, it's not great either. Sometimes I find myself wondering how someone I love so much (Holly Black) has this series that I don't love like her other books I've read. Then I remind myself that ...more
Tati Dengo
This is where the kids' story starts to become SCARY and life-threatening. Being a kid and finding a book about fairies sounds like awesome magical fun, but obviously it isn't, since here they are dangerous, demanding creatures with no regard for humans.

Also, something I hadn't fully realized before is how this series wastes no time with introductions and recaps, they just spring you right into the action, which for me is a very pleasant storytelling technique since the books are already short
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J.S. Andersen
It is surprising how different this book series is from the movie. Usually movies follow close to what the books are, however in this series if they'd changed the names of the characters in the movie you wouldn't even know it was the same story. This book had no part in the movie which in ways was to bad the dwarfs were cool. My kids are still in the story and want to start the next one right away.

Violence- Fighting and annihilation of a large group. Not graphic.
Language- N/A
Sex- N/A
Drugs- N/A
Ea Solinas
In the previous book, the Grace kids encountered a trio of elves deep in the forest. Now they're dealing with dwarves in "The Ironwood Tree," the fourth and next-to-last of the Spiderwick Chronicles -- and Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi do a solid job adding menace to a fantasy species that usually isn't too spooky. Plus, a great lead-in to the grand finale.

The Grace family arrives at the high school to watch Mallory's fencing match, but during one match Jared notices a strange girl rifling thr
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  • The Field Guide (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #1)
  • The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles, #2)
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