The Ironwood Tree: The Ironwood Tree

by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

April 1, 2004 | Paper over Board

The Ironwood Tree: The Ironwood Tree is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 2.
First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatch Simon. Then a band of elves try to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Spiderwick''s Guide? And will the Grace kids be left alone, now that the Guide has mysteriously disappeared? Don''t count on it.
At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it''s not Simon. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something foul in the water is killing off all the plants and animals for miles around. Clues point to the old abandoned quarry, just outside of town. Dwarves have taken over an abandoned mine there. And the faerie world''s abuzz with the news that a creature with plans to rule the world has offered them a gift to join with him -- he''s given them a queen...

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 128 pages, 6.75 × 4.5 × 0.7 in

Published: April 1, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689859392

ISBN - 13: 9780689859397

Appropriate for ages: 7

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Series and Book 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 series progresses, the relationship between the three Grace children solidifies. They grow closer together as they struggle against those forces that wish to take Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide, and they grow in character through the trials they encounter. What is great is that as each book progresses, the story moves faster and faster. In this book they encounter goblins again, and dwarves and an ogre. They soon realize that the world of fairy is far more dangerous than they had experienced so far. In this book we have riddles, a kidnapping, capture and an escape. We encounter mechanical animals and a few hidden surprises even the children could not expect. It is a great novel and leaves you wanting the 5th and final book of the first series.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Story Gets Darker With this Book This one is a bit different from the others. Instead of the three siblings at Spiderwick estate, this book starts off at school where Mallory is kidnapped and the twins are together for much of the book looking for her in the Dwarf kingdom in the old quarry. The story also is much darker as there is a battle (with deaths) and Mulgarath (whom we've heard mentioned) makes his first evil appearance. The 7yo is anxious to read the last one and find out how it all ends.
Date published: 2008-03-11

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The Ironwood Tree: The Ironwood Tree

by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 128 pages, 6.75 × 4.5 × 0.7 in

Published: April 1, 2004

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689859392

ISBN - 13: 9780689859397

Read from the Book

Chapter Two: IN WHICH the Grace Twins Are Triplets Jared couldn''t move from the doorway. He heard the clanging of swords and cheering, but the sounds seemed to come from far away. He watched in horror as the coach confronted his double. The man got red in the face, and some of the other players looked at Jared''s double in shock. "Great." Jared grimaced. There was no way he could explain this. The coach pointed toward the large gym door, and he watched Not-Jared stalk toward it -- and toward him. As Not-Jared got closer to Jared, it smirked. Jared clenched his hands into fists. Not-Jared passed Jared without a single glance, slamming through the double doors. Jared wanted to find some way to wipe that smile off its face. He followed after it, into a hallway lined with lockers. "Who are you?" Jared demanded. "What do you want?" Not-Jared turned to face him, and something in its eyes made Jared go cold all over. "Don''t you know me? Am I not your own self?" Its mouth curled into a sneer. It was strange to watch it move and speak. It wasn''t like watching Simon, with his tidy hair and the smear of toothpaste on his upper lip. And it wasn''t quite himself either -- the hair was messier, and the eyes were darker and...different. It took a step toward him. Jared took a step back, wishing for any kind of faerie protection, and then he remembered the pocketknife in his jeans. Faeries hated iron, and steel was at least part iron. He opened one of the blades. "Why don''t you all just
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Table of Contents

Contents

List of Full-Page Illustrations

Letter from Holly Black

Letter from the Grace Kids

Map of the Spiderwick Estate

Chapter One: IN WHICH

There Is Both a Fight and a Duel

Chapter Two: IN WHICH

the Grace Twins Are Triplets

Chapter Three: IN WHICH

Simon Solves a Riddle

Chapter Four: IN WHICH

the Twins Discover a Tree Unlike Any Other

Chapter Five: IN WHICH

Jared and Simon Wake Sleeping Beauty

Chapter Six: IN WHICH

the Stones Speak

Chapter Seven: IN WHICH

There Is an Unexpected Betrayal

About Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

From the Publisher

First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatch Simon. Then a band of elves try to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Spiderwick''s Guide? And will the Grace kids be left alone, now that the Guide has mysteriously disappeared? Don''t count on it.
At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it''s not Simon. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something foul in the water is killing off all the plants and animals for miles around. Clues point to the old abandoned quarry, just outside of town. Dwarves have taken over an abandoned mine there. And the faerie world''s abuzz with the news that a creature with plans to rule the world has offered them a gift to join with him -- he''s given them a queen...

About the Author

Author and illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi was born in Los Angeles, California in 1969. He received a degree in graphic design from the Florida School of the Arts and the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale in 1992. He spent six years working as a freelancer for TSR, the publisher of Dungeons and Dragons. His first picture book, Jimmy Zangwow's Out-of-this-World Moon Pie Adventure was published in 2000. He won the University of Chicago's Zena Sutherland Book Award for Ted and a Caldecott Honor in 2003 for The Spider and the Fly. He has written and illustrated numerous books including G is for One Gzonk! and Kenny and the Dragon. He met author Holly Black during a magazine interview on his work for Dungeons and Dragons. Together, they created two series: The Spiderwick Chronicles and Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. In 2008, a live action adaptation of The Spiderwick Chronicles was made by Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies.

Editorial Reviews

"Appealing characters, well-measured suspense and an inviting package will lure readers...Youngsters may well find themselves glancing over their shoulders."

-- Publishers Weekly, starred review

Appropriate for ages: 7

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