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The Nixie's Song

(Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles #1)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  10,794 ratings  ·  481 reviews
The Spiderwick Chronicles leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.

But an "expedition" to
Hardcover, 162 pages
Published September 18th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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Angela My youngest daughter is now reading this series. How happy I was to have her ask for them for Christmas! She was a challenged reader and she asked for…moreMy youngest daughter is now reading this series. How happy I was to have her ask for them for Christmas! She was a challenged reader and she asked for books! Makes my avid reader heart very glad.(less)

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Jessica Cruz
Sep 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Have you ever wondered if fairies were real? To answer that question yes, I have wondered if fairies were real once I finished reading this book.The genre of my book ¨The Nixies Song¨ is fantasy fiction because the story is about imagination and talks about fairies. My overall opinion is that this was an ok book because it is more about fantasy and I would enjoy the book more if it was more mysterious and more exciting. It was not my favorite. I recommend this book to people who enjoy reading a ...more
Drew Graham
Mar 11, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: me
I read the first five-book series of The Spiderwick Chronicles, and saw the movie when it was released a few years later, but until lately hadn't felt much interest for the follow-up series of three. It seemed like a opportunist spin-off, and it felt like the first one tied itself up pretty nicely. Besides, they didn't REALLY have that much of an effect on me, as books that I found to be, as a friend put it, Lemony Snicket Lite. Then when browsing at the library, I found all three just sitting t ...more
Faseeh Ilahi
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook
Omg! I think I am in love with Holly and Tony for writing such an amazing series. The original series were all 5 🌟 for me and this spin-off series also started with a bang. Loved this book. It was sweet, amazing, short and a splendid read😊
Feb 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
In the continuing adventures that started with The Spiderwick Chronicles, DiTerlizzi and Black do not disappoint with their Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles series. This new adventure involves all new characters (with the Grace children thrown in for support), and the characters are just as interesting, engaging, and dynamic as those in the first series.

What I really love about this book, aside from the gorgeous illustrations and the driving plot, is the fact that the writers have the ability to
Dec 05, 2019 rated it did not like it
This was okay I guess. Not as good as the original Spiderwick Chronicles but this was eh and okay.
Annmarie Hernandez
Dec 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I just started the Spiderwick Chronicles and I absolutely love it. I believe this book takes you to another magical world.If you read this book you will feel as if you just got transported with a goblin filled world.I recommend this book to people who like mythical and fantasy books.If you love the series of ''The Land of Stories'', you should read this book.By the time you finish one book you want to go to the next because the series is addicting.So next time you are deciding of another book to ...more
Nadia Lotfy
Mar 01, 2016 rated it liked it
I think that this is not one of those amazing books that you know right at the beginning that it is going to be awesome. This book is about a boy that has been through something sad, his mother died when he was very young. When his father marries another woman with a daughter that believes in fairies and nixes and trolls. The boy doesn't believe in it and he thinks that it is dumb to believe in all those things but then one day a real fairy actually gives him the sight that makes him see fairies ...more
Valeria Ambriz
May 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book that I really wanted to read the second book of SPIDERWICK but my teacher said that she baerly order it and that it was going to come that maybe on Friday I liked how Nick got introuble just because he saved a Nixie's life and that he got in trouble because of his step sisters fault they killed the giant and found the sisters of the Nixie.
I enjoyed The Field Guide more, but this story wasn't bad. 8)

There's always fun to be found inside these Spiderwick books.~
Jul 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
This was just sort of underwhelming. It didn't have the spark that the original series had. ...more
Faith M:)
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A short, fun read. A few questionable words, but nothing terrible! I enjoyed this book:)
Erin *Proud Book Hoarder*
I likely should have started with the original Spiderwick Chronicles series first instead of skipping to the sequel series instead, but I'm a rebel that way. This does make me curious on reading the original series, which I'll eventually get to. Written through the POV of the chubby and enjoyable character Nick, his family has been rather empty-hearted since his mother died and his father remarried. His older brother has vanished into phone calls, girls and video games - his father into his new ...more
Barlow Girls
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I'm a 4th grader & I loved this book. It was full of exciting moments while chasing a giant, I was on the edge of my seat (beanbag). I recommend this book for 4th graders through 6th grade. ...more
Dec 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The nixies song is a very good book to start the series it is full of sespence and your don’t want to put the book down, I think that a lot of people will like this book and enjoy it just like I did
Nov 03, 2020 rated it liked it
2.5/5 Stars
Nov 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own-read
Super cute!! These books are lovely, fun, quick, and cute. I love the lowkey meta-ness in this one with Nick and Laurie going to a book signing of the Spiderwick, and certain ...elements... from the original series crossing into this one. Looking forward to the rest of this little series!
Britt Vinnicombe
It’s cute, throwback to my childhood
Nicole Hale
Dec 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: review, childrens, fantasy
My Spiderwick-loving heart was delighted to discover that Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi had teamed up again for another small series set in the Spiderwick world. This trilogy begins with a new family, different from the Grace children in character and personality, but similar in messed up family dynamics. The third person narrator focuses on Nicholas's perspective. He and his older brother Jules and his father have dealt with the death of Nick's mom, but now Nick's dad is moving on; in fact, h ...more
Feb 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another fun sci-fi series to read with AJ :-)
Jan 13, 2011 rated it liked it
This book started with Nicholas Vargas getting a new step sister who is Laurie Varcas. She is very strange and seems to really believe in faeries. She has many books on them, and loves to hunt them. The family goes along with her "whims" because they think it is cute that she believes in faeries, but don't actually believe in them. Then when Laurie decides to go out and hunt for faeries, Nick is made to go with her so that she won't be alone. Laurie tells him to look out for a four leaf clover t ...more
Nov 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Not quite as good as the original series, but still fun. I read this to Mike over the course of a few nights and he really enjoyed it. He really liked the references to the previous books and thought it was great when the authors became characters. I thought the language in this was a bit more crass than in the previous series and had a bit more of a negative vibe, but overall the story was pretty good and fun.


So I finally finished this trilogy and I have to revise my rating from 4 s
Listening to an audio version of any book is always a bit of a risk, as the listener's appreciation of the writing is bound to be affected according to the skill of the narrator. In this case, the narration was pretty average and it's probable that I would have enjoyed the story more if I had read it to myself. However, I still don't feel it was as good as the original Chronicles - less depth to the characters and a much weaker storyline. ...more
Abby Johnson
Nov 18, 2007 rated it liked it
In the first book of their spinoff series Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Black and DiTerlizzi introduce Nick and Laurie. Nick is disgruntled because his dad has recently married Laurie's mom and now Laurie has moved in and taken over his bedroom. Laurie seems to have her head in the clouds, dragging around a well-loved copy of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide and convincing Nick that she believes faeries really exist. On a search for said faeries, Nick gets more than he bargains for when he pi ...more
Sep 17, 2014 rated it did not like it
If time travel was possible, and if my ten year old self knew that I gave a Spiderwick Chronicles book less then five stars, let alone one. Well, he would travel forward to this particular time just to kick my ass. I just couldn't, I couldn't like this book, even with the fond memories I have from the first book series I ever read. I'm not even sure what this book is, just a spin off to the main series, or one set in a similar reality. I mean, this is some serious Star Trek shit going on here. S ...more
Jan 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
As a huge fan of the original Spiderwick Chronicles, I can't believe I hadn't seen these three books before my birthday. Okay, so maybe I'm a little bit too old for this series now, but I love it anyway. The hardcover editions are gorgeous and I adore Tony DiTerlizzi's illustrations. The story itself is funny and exciting, the characters are very likable and the story ends up taking a much darker turn towards the end than I expected.

And can I just gush over how beautiful the books themselves are
Jul 24, 2012 rated it it was ok
The 3 books in the Beyond Spiderwick series are not going to be recommended here. Poorly written and with less imagination than the original books. The children have bad attitudes and bad language. The young girl in the story is constantly lying to her parents, and the other children are impressed by how well she does it. The parents fight and the impression is given that because they aren't getting along, then they should get a divorce. This very weighty issue is handled irresponsibly by the au ...more
This brings back memories of me and my neighbour in the forest by my old house. I didn't realize the hills were giants back then, I wish I had. Maybe I could have done something about it before I had to leave. Hopefully they're still asleep and won't bother any new people who live there. ...more
Anthony B
Dec 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Spiderwick is a really good story. It was able to capture my attention, and I couldn't wait to finish the book to find out what cool things were going to happen. Spiderwick has a lot of great details. Spiderwick is a book that I recommend everyone should read. ...more
Tania Poole
Jul 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved the first series, this one isn't bad - I really need to buy the Field Guide now - Then I'd have all of them.

I know how Holly Black feels - collecting and loving fairy tales and fairy encounters is a fascinating thing...
Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
I love Holly and Toni. I especially love how they make an appearance in the book.
Also, Nick and Laurie are utterly lovable.
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#1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating children’s books for twenty years. From fanciful picture books like The Broken Ornament and The Spider & The Fly (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like Kenny and The Dragon and The Search for WondLa, DiTerlizzi imbues his stories with rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade ser ...more

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