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A Giant Problem (Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #2)

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Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published September 16th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing (first published September 1st 2008)
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Drew Graham
So this middle book in the three-part "Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles" series ostensibly tries really hard to improve on the first one, and to broaden and expand the scope of the characters and plot, but in the end it just falls flat. Story-wise, basically there are giants wreaking havoc all over Florida, and it's up to a group of step-siblings (plus or minus a girlfriend or a trio of recalls from other series) to figure out how to get rid of them.

The authors thankfully managed to keep themsel
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Ann Keller
What a delightful book this is. This was the first book I’ve read in the Spiderwick Chronicles and I quickly found myself immersed in the story of Nicholas Vargas and his sister, Laurie. Add to this Noseeum Jack, a humorous character with a huge walking stick, a sharp machete and lots of advice on tracking giants.

I fell in love with the mischievous and voracious hobgoblin Sandspur and allowed myself to drift away on the magical songs sung by the wise, but tricky, Merpeople. Although Nick seemin
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Luke La

Luke La Shelle
10/27/14


Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles a Giant Problem is written by Toni DiTerlizzi and Holly Black
The main characters are Nick and Laurie.
In the beginning Noseeum Jack finds Laurie and Nick and warns them about how the Giants are waking up. They devise a plan to lure the Giants to the ocean with the Mermaid's song so that they can't hurt anyone.
The conflict is that the Giants are waking up and wreaking havoc like for example the giants destroyed Nick and Laurie's house. In the
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Katy Jane
1. So, like, when the giants are stomping through the city behind the car, what does that look like to people without the Sight? An earthquake?
2. So many layers of trouble! They still haven't found Taloa's sisters. They still may have giants on their hands. Now there is something worse than the giants about to attack. Dragons? And they are all in trouble with their parents.
3. I usually don't care about cussing in books but because these are for such younger kids I don't like that they used "hell
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Jon
Oct 26, 2014 Jon added it
After reading _10______ pages of _a giant problem (beyond the spider wick chronicles)_ (title) by __ (author), I
chose to read it for my second book report. I chose to not read it for my book report
because _it didn't really even resemble the movie of the spider wick__. Another reason I chose to not
read this book was because _it seemed like to short of a book_. Lastly, I thought
_this book probably wouldn't be as good to read in my opinion_. Because of these reasons, I
rated the book __3_____
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Bhindman
I keep looking for signs of Giants in my backyard and can only find mounds of tall grass and weeds.
Cait Grace
I had a giant problem with this book. And it's ALL my fault. But how was I to know there was a "Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles" as well as a "The Spiderwick Chronicles"?? I picked up books 1 and 2 at my library...not realising they were TWO DIFFERENT SERIES. I spent the entire time reading this book thinking, "Huh? Who the heck are these people? Where are Jared/Simon/Mallory? What's going on?" And feeling really stupid, because I assumed all the nine-year-olds of the world who read it would kn ...more
Janeen-san
This book is absolutely amazing. I can barely contain my awe. I am so glad that Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black wrote Beyond the Spiderwick Cronicles. I love Tony's illustrations, they are wonderful and extremly lifelike. I can't say which book I love more, The Nixie's Song or A Giant Problem. They were both extremly clever and well-written and exciting and breathtaking. I really liked that some of the people and all of of the places were real.
In the dramatic sequel to The Nixie's Song; A Giant
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selfie
Die Geschichte beginnt damit, dass Nick und Laurie von Black Jack unterrichtet werden. Währenddessen überlegen die beiden, wie man mehr Kinder „rekrutieren“ könnte. An einem Abend kommt Black Jack zu Nick und Laurie nach Hause und nimmt sie mit sich in den Wald. Dort beobachten sie, wie zwei Riesen miteinander kämpfen. Black Jack schafft es nicht, den zu Boden gegangenen Riesen zu töten, da er bisher immer nur schlafende Riesen umgebracht hat, und wird von diesem verletzt. Wenig später sehen Nic
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Alyssa
This book continues the problems of Nicholas and Laurie Vargas when they find out that the mythical giants are now waking up and are going to cause the destruction of Florida by burning everything up. As the family is living in a hotel because their house was burned by one of the giants, they find a giant hunter named Jack who tries to train them against the giants. They find a way of getting rid of the giants on the land by luring them to the ocean. They do this by getting a different fish for ...more
Trevor Pilcher
This book was really good I liked it. This story is about a sister and a brother that fight giants and other monsters. The brothers name is Nick he is a kind of boy that likes to play video games a lot. The sisters name is Laurie she loves to be around the faries and other monster and things. They have a friend that taught them every thing about the creaters and he is my favorite character in the story his name is Jack.The reason is that I dont rate this book all the way is that in the first on ...more
George
The story was pretty good, maybe not quite as good as the original series, but entertaining nonetheless. I'm still not happy with some of the more negative elements of the story, like the lying and killing/hunting giants, but I'm still holding out hope that these issues will be resolved in a positive manner. I just wish it could be resolved in one book rather than spread across three books, leaving the impression that these things are acceptable throughout most of the overall story.

***UPDATE***

S
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Tracy Terry
This is the tale of Noseemum Jack, an elderly, now blind destroyer of giants, who along with Nick, his brother, Jules, their stepsister, Laurie, and Jules' girlfriend, Cindy set out to find and destroy the giants that are about to wake up and cause mass devastation.

Not just about giants though, the story also tells of the part several other mythological creatures have to play and quite frankly it is their part that I found far more interesting.

Intended for those aged 7+ I chose to read this for
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Cemeread
Feb 06, 2013 Cemeread added it
Shelves: chapter-book
Nick Vargas and his stepsister Laurie are the main characters once again. Older brother Jules helps out some this time. You will need to have read book 1, Nixie's Song, before reading this book. There is no explanation to catch you up on what happened in book 1. Actually, having waited a while for the book to come in, it took me a couple pages to remember and figure out what was going on. If you are hoping for a connection to the Grace family you won't find it until the very end (as in the last ...more
Natalie Manahan
This book is FAR better than the first one and starts right where book 1 leaves off. The one down side of reading a series and writing this review for books 1 and 2 while on book 3 is that I'm having to be very careful I don't get what happens in one book mixed up with another. One of the nice things here is that Nick, Laurie, and Jules get more fleshed out as characters.

By the end of the book I really CARED about them. Here the trio learn about the giants from Noseeum Jack and eventually have
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Kevin
I will confess that I enjoy reading young adult fiction and even chapter books. There is something about the creativity when combined with the illustrations that I find enjoyable and entertaining. They are super quick reads and a great way to sort of cleanse your mental pallet.

One such series I have enjoyed is The Spiderwick Chronicles. The five books in that series were a hit and they even made a movie based on the story. Rather than keep that series going, however, author illustrator combo Hol
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Karissa
This is the second book in the follow-up to the Spiderwick Chronicles; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. I liked it better than the first book. I began to emphathize with the characters a bit more. It was much more interesting than the first book. Unlike the first book, this book left the story in a decent place. The main point of the book is wrapped up, yet there is a little catch at the end that leads you to the third book. The book is well-written and the drawings are again excellent. Still i ...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Just when I thought this series could not get any better, man does it ever. The Vargas kids are back in a mess with fantastical creatures. The Giants, as predicted, are indeed waking up and as they fight for territory they are leaving a swath of destruction behind them. Jarod and Laurie are not on their own this time; Laurie tricked their older brother into carrying around a 4 leaf clover, and now he can see the creatures also. But they don't believe the adults will believe them, and they need t ...more
Allison
Although I enjoyed the Spiderwick Chronicles (mainly for their illustrations and because I enjoy Holly Black), I wasn't exactly hooked. I stuck with the series because they were such easy, breezy and fun reads, but I wouldn't say I loved them. So when a second series was released, I got bored and decided to pick it up.

The first book of Beyond The Spiderwick Chronicles was so much better than expected! Unlike the first series, the characters are very unique and complex, and I especially liked ho
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Jennifer
The second installment of Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles was just as exciting as the first one. Again, there is a smaller story arc within a much larger one, and the characters continue to grow and develop. I don't feel as though I have to buy the next (and final) book, but I really want to! I have to know what happens to the characters.

DiTerlizzi and Black are able to take the problems of fictional characters and make them much more drastic because they affect the world, too! The giants are b
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Robert Beveridge
Holly Black and Tony DeTerlizzi, A Giant Problem (Simon and Schuster, 2008)

Black and DeTerlizzi once again attempt to recapture the magic of the Spiderwick Chronicles in this second book of Beyond Spiderwick. And to an extent they succeed, in that these characters are interesting, though not as much as as those in the Spiderwick books. But the plot in this batch seems almost like an afterthought rather than an integral part of the story, which is odd; plot has always been Black's strong point, a
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Angela
Not as good as regular spider wick. Thought they were part of original series and the link early didn't have Beyond Spiderwick 1 so there is still some confusion about how it fit with the first one.
Elizabeth (Miss Eliza)
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Magila
This was another book which was not too memorable but enjoyable. I really like the writer's style, for example the name of the chapters always makes me chuckle a little to myself. Also, the books have good messages. Unfortunately, this book just wasn't amazing. The last few pages were once again the best, which will ensure that I complete the Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. I am grateful that the author has not put her Spiderwick world to the side, because it was a creative one, but she will n ...more
Kelley Ross
Again, the Spiderwick series delivers a cute book, but one that I wish they would have made a little deeper. Still, these are great for younger teens or kids.

This book focuses on a growing problem in Nick and Laurie's neighborhood: giants. After these monstrous creatures begin wreaking havoc, Nick and Laurie decide to do something. Their "something" turns into a crazy adventure in which more characters are given the "Sight." The book wraps up nicely until Mallory and her brothers show up with t
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Jenna Mills
Disappointing and totally ludicrous.
Kaethe
I'm still liking the characters. Neither of the girls are interested, though. They loved Mallory.
Andee Schuck
Not as good as the first Spiderwick Chronicles with Jared, Simon and Mallory. But a cute read nonetheless.
Christie
I liked this book better than the first one in this series. It seemed to me to have a better story line. The characters are getting to know each other better and interacting batter. Laurie and nick's relationship is getting better and i like the addition of Jules and Cindy to the story. I also enjoyed how you think it is a happy ending till the end. How nothing is like it seems for the Vargus children. Also at the end the Grace children make an appearance. I can't wait to see how this story conc ...more
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Holly Black is a best-selling author of contemporary fantasy novels for kids, teens, and adults. She is the author of the Modern Faerie Tale series (Tithe, Valiant, and Ironside), The Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi), and The Good Neighbors graphic novels (with Ted Naifeh) The Poison Eaters and Other Stories, a collection of short fiction, and The Curse Worker series (White Cat, Red Gl ...more
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