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The Seeing Stone (The Spiderwick Chronicles #2)

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we said no still you looked
now instead
someone gets cooked

The Grace kids are just beginning to get used to Aunt Lucinda's strange old mansion when Simon suddenly disappears. Jared and his sister have to rely on the help of a mischievous house boggart, a nasty bridge troll, and a loud-mouthed hobgoblin to get him back. Illustrations.
Hardcover, 114 pages
Published May 1st 2003 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2003)
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Scott
These are cute. It's really stupid that they come as short little nothing stories, though. All five of these would probably add up to half of one novel, so why they're separate is either a poor artistic choice or a really transparent way to make a buck.
Cheyenne Cumber
In the second book of “The Spiderwick” series, Jared, and his siblings, are exposed to even more creatures. The book begins with Jared coming home from detention, and Simon looking for his cat, named Tibbs. As his siblings go off to do there own thing, Jared goes up to the library, to look at the guide. Thumbtack then comes out from his hiding place, and he warns Jared to get rid of the book before something bad happens, which sooner or later it does. When Jared looked out the window he saw his ...more
Mindy Conde
Again, a fun and enjoyable little read. I'm a little irritated by some of these reviewers who are being so harsh about these books; the big complaint that it is just too short, that all of them could have been strung together into a single novel, I understand a bit, but disagree with. I think we're forgetting the audience here: children, young readers! I think this is perfect for them. It is short enough to not be intimidating, but long enough to resolve the story with some humor and messages to ...more
Colleen
I really like this series. It's very exciting - there's adventure and fantasy. However, I think it can be really scary for kids. Especially the part of the goblins in the woods with jagged teeth and long claws that eat cats & dogs and drag small children off into the woods. I think you really have to know your child's tolerance for "creepy" before you let them read this book. But a great series so far...
Kat (Le Pauvre Cœur)
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Amy
This book follows closely but not directly behind the first in the series. Jared, Simon and Mallory continue to figure out and learn what they can about the attention they have suddenly received from the magical creatures and try to find a way to stop them.

With their inability to see when they are under attack Jared discovers the Seeing Stone which gives the wearing the ability of Sight. Using this Jared and his brother and sister venture deeper into the faery realm just as it becomes more dange
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Cait Grace
I'm totally reading these books for research...not because they're awesome and cute and magical and really fun. *ahem* Okay, so now that that's cleared up! A little review? I don't have a lot to say (gasp), just that it's like reading one chapter! Reading, reading....BOOM...it's finished. Lucky I borrowed two out.

Writing? It's very clear and easy to read. I find a few of the phrases redundant though...like Mallory put Simon's SHOE in her pocket (when they found it while they were looking for h
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Farhin
Spoilers that aren't worth tagging in my opinion.

I actually quite like these short installments of The Spiderwick Chronicles. They're quick, and hold enough substance to keep me reading.

So in this installment, Simon is abducted by goblins. Cat-eating goblins. And so this book follows Simon's rescue by his ever-reliant twin, Jared and his older sister Mallory.

This book adds a new item to the Grace children's inventory. The Seeing Stone. With which as the name suggests they can pretty much see all
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Christian Romo
this book starts where the first one ended which i strongly dislike. now-a-days series are intended to give the authors fat pockets rather then a great "long" book although i sound like a ranting child i must say the base of the story is genius. i remember reading The Seeing Stone in 4th grade, but when i freshened up on it like 3 years ago I totally asked myself "why did i find this book so interesting" then i got back into my 4th grade mentality and i fell in love all over again. i would recom ...more
Ellinor
Well, now there is finally some action going on! Book one started VERY slowly. In book two we're right in the middle of the story. I liked that so much better.
What I really like about this series are the new and sometimes very funny ideas. I really enjoyed the idea of the goblins being born without teeth and having to find an alternative. I really liked Hogsqueal's method!
The only thing I found a little weird was how do the goblins not know there is a troll living in the river when it's basicall
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Aelvana
Jared is finding his new home as prone to trouble as his old---more so, now that he has things like brownies and goblins to deal with. When Simon gets kidnapped, it's up to Jared and Mallory to save him. But how can they find creatures they can't even see?

Although short, the story overflows with strange creatures and the zany adventures they bring. Between goblins, trolls, hobgoblins, and, of course, Thimbletack, the Grace children bounce from one particular set of madness to the next. The illus
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Julie Decker
Jared and his brother and sister have tentatively tamed the angry faerie presence in their home--his name is Thimbletack--but he would like Jared to destroy the Field Guide book he found that tells him secrets of the faerie world, and Jared doesn't want to part with it. Thimbletack leaves him an ominous warning about how there is a price for disobeying. And soon, when he's looking for his missing cat, he finds his twin brother has been kidnapped. He and his sister Mallory have to go look for the ...more
Hestia Istiviani
Sudah punya box set The Spiderwick Chronicles sejak duduk di bangku SMP (sekarang aku sudah semester 6!) namun baru sempat membaca kembali (iya, aku berhenti setelah baca buku yang pertama). Itupun karena aku berpartisipasi dalam Book Club Indonesia Read-A-Thon #BCIDReadAThon. Aku sengaja memilih tantangan yang ketiga: membaca habis satu seri selama Read-A-Thon berlangsung yakni mulai tanggal 18 hingga 20 Juli.

Buku ini sangat ringan, dengan tingkat ketegangan (bagiku) yang biasa saja. Memang, bu
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Katy Jane
1. The plot thickens.
2. These books are seriously every kids fantasy. Find old items that have meaning and mystery. This book they find the seeing stone and other items in the shed including old newspapers that have meaning to the fairy world, binoculars, and a magnifying glass. This alone kept me reading and wanting more. I'm the person who snoops in my grandmas closets and upstairs rooms. The person who goes into abandon houses to look for left items. The person who is obsessed with secret pas
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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.

Filled with more action than the first book, the second in the series sees the siblings headin
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Sam Whitehouse
The first book, The Field Guide, had promise that was never fully realised and didn't have enough story/plot to sustain it's tiny length. But the second book in the Spiderwick Chronicles remedies the problems of the first book and makes for a tense, action-packed read. This time round, Jared, Simon and Mallory face off against a pack of ruthless goblins, a deadly troll and a whole host of other creatures that populate Holly Black and Tony Diterlizzi's rich, engrossing world.
The writing is taken
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Shelli
The adventure and excitement builds as Simon, Jared and Mallory see more of the unseen world surrounding them. When one of their own is taken by goblins they must act quickly. Who can they trust is not always clear and many obstacles greet them.
Andrea Ika
I absolutely loved this book! I loved it because it was full of adventure and action. I especially liked the sketches that this author illustrated. The humans in the book looked realistic, and the goblins and other imaginary creatures were unrealistic and funny. owever, in this book there is some disturbing subject matter which was not encountered in the first book--specifically, there are depictions of cruelty to animals in both the text and illustrations.
Even though this is a very short book
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Jesus Saldivia
3.25 out of 5. A lot of improvement
This was actually a lot better than the first book. I'm intrigued enough to read the rest of the series.
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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Sannie Hald
I borrowed this from the library and some idiot has torn out the last few pages??? what the hell?
McKenzie Richardson
A great second book in the series. While these books are short, a lot happens in each one and they are a perfect length for the young readers they are targeted to.

Nice fast-paced adventure. The book is slightly more gruesome than the first (goblin camp scene), which may not be ideal for sensitive, animal-loving readers, but overall this is an excellent book for a young audience as well as adults who love fantasy.

Even if you've seen the movie, it's definitely worth reading the books as well for
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Kelsey
In the second volume of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the Grace children face a series of fantastical foes in the woods behind their new home. They must rely on each other and help from a few magical creatures to rescue Simon Grace.

The Seeing Stone would be appropriate for readers between eight and ten years old. Readers that enjoy fantasy may enjoy this book. The illustrations and the small size of the pages help to break up the book for young readers exploring chapter books. The book could be us
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Tori I
This was a really good book.
J.S. Andersen
Surprisingly my four year old is still really into the story. He ran and grabbed it before bed every night. I love how sort they are it keeps the kids interested. Very fun read great book to help kids beginning to read because of its size and simplicity. Its not threatening or overwhelming for them to pick up and start reading. The story is adventurous and entertaining for my wife and myself as well. Can't wait to start the next one.

Violence- Some fighting with goblins.
Drugs- N/A
Language- N/A
Sex
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Renata
haha WHOOPS I bought this awhile ago because it was on sale for Kindle for 99 cents and I didn't realize that it was book two?? I actually didn't realize it until I came to log it on GoodReads, although I did feel like the book was jumping into the fairy stuff super fast.

Uhh... I liked it anwyay! I think in retrospect I like it more now that I realize it was book 2. I think I will go back and check out book 1.

Short, fast-paced actiony fantasy. WARNING FOR CATS GETTING EATEN BY GOBLINS THO
Kris at Book Wishes
This was my favorite out of the 3 books so far! The reader is introduced to many new characters. I found this book the most action packed and entertaining! The brownie that lives in the house is a favorite of mine, I can relate to him with my personality one minute he is the nice little brownie until you make him mad then out comes the boggart that you have to be overly nice too, then the brownie comes back. Plus I love brownies, I mean the eating kind. LOL Again in this book the dynamic between ...more
Justin Padilla
The Seeing Stone is about three kids named Jared, Simon, and Mallory. Jared finds a secrect book, that explians how they are are in living in another world around them, so now a bunch of wierd creatures are exposed to Jared, Simon, and Mallory. One very dangerous creature named Molgurath wants to take that book. Jared's main external conflict is that he now has to protect his siblings and himself from evil goblins and Molgurath. Jared's internal conflict is that he has to deal with a new envior ...more
Maria
I read this book with my son as part of his summer reading, and I asked him to describe the book for my review. He responded that this is a book that is difficult to describe. He liked the mystery, and really enjoyed how the whimsical illustrations supported elements of the narrative. He found this book (number 2 of 5) to be a more exciting installment, and there is much more action and problem solving than with the first book. He also said that this book would be perfect for fourth and fifth gr ...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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