Lucinda’s Secret by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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Lucinda’s Secret by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly BlackLucinda's Secret by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator: Tony DiTerlizzi
Series: The Spiderwick Chronicles #3
Also in this series: The Field Guide, The Seeing Stone, The Ironwood Tree, The Wrath of Mulgarath, The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack, Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, The Care and Feeding of Sprites
Published by Simon & Schuster on October 1st 2003
Genres: Fantasy, Middle Grade, Young Adult
Pages: 128
Format: Hardcover
Source: Owned
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three-stars

One thrilling adventure -- The Spiderwick Chronicles!
Their world is closer than you think.

[My version: The three siblings go to their Great Aunt Lucinda for help, and she tells them her story.]

Main points

Minor spoilers ahead!

This is the book in which many things are discovered. We are truly getting into it now.

Mallory, Jared, and Simon still squabble like siblings (although mostly the first two) but it’s nowhere as serious as it used to be. They seem to have formed a sort of truce given that they’re up against the faeries. Jared also has some important realisations—he recognises the power of his anger issues and realises that he loses control and doesn’t really mean it. He tells Mallory about it, and she understands, so things between them are better than ever.

There is even more family dynamic in this book because they learn more about Great Aunt Lucinda and her father, Arthur Spiderwick. They still don’t have the full story but they have most of it by the end of the book. It’s a mystery that was interesting to solve, but doesn’t offer too much help to them personally. Their biggest mission in this book was to figure out whether to keep the Guide or destroy it (even though Thimbletack, who has gotten extremely annoying and has not reverted back to brownie form yet, had the book hidden the whole time). They do decide to keep it, naturally, even though destroying it would still be the best choice. There’s really no telling whether or not the malicious faeries would still let them live even if they no longer had the book to give, but I would assume not. So might as well keep it and use it against them, which is what I presume they decide to do. We also learn who wants the book and why, although no face-to-face encounters have happened yet. That will happen later; this book is more about family drama and mystery.

  reaction upon finishing

Ooh things are getting interesting! But again, more conflict please.

this book in one word

bittersweet

About Holly Black

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, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), The Darkest Part of the Forest, and her new series which begins with The Cruel Prince in January 2018.

She has been a a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award, the Mythopoeic Award and a Newbery Honor. She currently lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door.

About Tony DiTerlizzi

New York Times bestselling author and illustrator, Tony DiTerlizzi, has been creating books for over a decade. From his fanciful picture books like “Jimmy Zangwow’s Moon Pie Adventure”, “Ted” and “The Spider & The Fly” (a Caldecott Honor book), to chapter books like “Kenny and The Dragon” and the WondLa trilogy, Tony always imbues his stories with a rich imagination. With Holly Black, he created the middle-grade series, The Spiderwick Chronicles, which has sold millions of copies, been adapted into a feature film, and has been translated in over thirty countries. In 2014, he teamed up with Lucasfilm to retell the original Star Wars trilogy in a picture book featuring artwork by Academy award-winning concept artist, Ralph McQuarrie.

Rating
Plot
three-stars
Characters
five-stars
Writing
five-stars
Setting
four-stars
Cover
five-stars
Ending
four-stars
Overall: three-stars
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