The Seeing Stone

Hardcover | May 7, 2013

byTony DiTerlizzi, Holly BlackIllustratorTony DiTerlizzi

not yet rated|write a review
Mallory and Jake must rescue Simon from the goblins who snatched him in this repackage of the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles.

Thanks to the mysterious field guide left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids—Jared, Simon, and Mallory—is beyond weird. When Simon goes missing, Jared is convinced creatures from the faerie world have something to do with it. Mallory is not convinced. That is, until she and Jared have to contend with a band of menacing, marauding goblins. Simon is clearly in danger, and it’s up to Mallory and Simon to save him, before it’s too late…

In honor of the tenth anniversary of the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles series, which has more than 12 million copies in print worldwide, this edition of The Seeing Stone features a larger trim size and an original jacketed cover with all-new art from Tony DiTerlizzi.

Pricing and Purchase Info

$18.99

In stock online
Ships free on orders over $25

From the Publisher

Mallory and Jake must rescue Simon from the goblins who snatched him in this repackage of the second book in the #1 New York Times bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles.Thanks to the mysterious field guide left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids—Jared, Simon, and Mallory—is beyond weird. ...

Holly Black was born in New Jersey in 1971. She graduated with a B.A. in English from The College of New Jersey in 1994. Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale was published in 2002 and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. She has since written two other books in the same universe, Valian...

other books by Tony DiTerlizzi

The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide; The Seeing Stone; Lucinda's Secret; The…
The Spiderwick Chronicles (Boxed Set): The Field Guide;...

Paper over Board|Oct 1 2004

$51.36 online$67.99list price(save 24%)
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You: Movie Tie-in Edition
Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical Worl...

Hardcover|Jan 1 2008

$24.34 online$28.99list price(save 16%)
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical Edition
The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical E...

Hardcover|Oct 6 2009

$33.88 online$36.99list price(save 8%)
see all books by Tony DiTerlizzi
Format:HardcoverDimensions:128 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:May 7, 2013Publisher:Simon & Schuster Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1442486953

ISBN - 13:9781442486959

Customer Reviews of The Seeing Stone

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome series After finishing book one in this series, I could not stop, picked up book 2 and read it in one quick sitting. The story picks up just after volume one. Malory, Jared and Simon Grace are back at it again. The children soon learn that there is a price to pay for learning about creatures that usually stay hidden, with a mix of kidnapping, a cooked cat, briar patch cages, a wounded griffin, a pack of goblins and a troll. The story packs a lot in a small space. Once you start reading the books you will not want to stop. Make sure you have at least the five from the first series. Both Black and DiTerlizzi do an amazing job again on this book. So as soon as you finish it you will be desperate to pick up book 3, Lucinda's Secret. The writing is excellent and the illustrations are awesome. This book is a great read and will leave you itching for the next book in the series.
Date published: 2011-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense but funny at the same time! This was a very intense book. My daughter was on the edge of her seat the whole time. We take turns reading chapters to each other and she often read ahead of me. There is lots of action in this one. There were other neat things as well. The introduction of the seeing stone was really neat. The giant griffen was alos interesting. My daughter loved the mention of the sprites, a welcomed break from the goblins, etc. The neatest, in my opinion, was the hogsqueal. I find the character so whimsical it makes me chuckle even as an adult.
Date published: 2008-07-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from As Good As the First Jared watches as his twin brother is attacked by an unseen menace and carted away. Thimbletack, the house boggart, gives him a special seeing stone that helps him to see the creatures of faerie. With the stone firmly in place, he and Mallory set off to find their brother. The first book ended just as the story seemed to be starting and this volume starts off running. Lots of action and mythic creatures abound as the children discover just what lives in the forest behind them. My 7yo was on the edge of his seat with the excitement and is loving the humour. We are both eager to read the next book.
Date published: 2008-02-06

Extra Content

Read from the Book

Chapter One: IN WHICHMore Than a Cat Goes MissingThe late bus dropped Jared Grace at the bottom of his street. From there it was an uphill climb to the dilapidated old house where his family was staying until his mother found something better or his crazy old aunt wanted it back. The red and gold leaves of the low-hanging trees around the gate made the gray shingles look forlorn. The place looked as bad as Jared felt.He couldn't believe he'd had to stay after school already.It wasn't like he didn't try to get along with the other kids. He just wasn't good at it. Take today, for example. Sure, he'd been drawing a brownie while the teacher was talking, but he was still paying attention. More or less. And she didn't have to hold up his drawing in front of the whole class. After that, the kids wouldn't stop bothering him. Before he knew it, he was ripping some boy's notebook in half.He'd hoped things would be better at this school. But since his parents' divorce, things had gone from bad to worse.Jared walked into the kitchen. His twin, Simon, sat at the old farmhouse table with an untouched saucer of milk in front of him.Simon looked up. "Have you seen Tibbs?""I just got home." Jared went to the fridge and took a swig of apple juice. It was so cold that it made his head hurt."Well, did you see him outside?" Simon asked. "I've looked everywhere."Jared shook his head. He didn't care about the stupid cat. She was just the newest member of Simon's menagerie. One more animal wanting to be petted or fed, or jumping on his lap when he was busy.Jared didn't know why he and Simon were so different. In movies, identical twins got cool powers like reading each other's minds with a look. It figured that the most real-life twins could do was wear the same-size pants.Their sister, Mallory, thundered down the stairs, lugging a large bag. The hilts of fencing swords stuck out from one end."Hey, good job getting detention, nutcase." Mallory slung the bag over her shoulder and walked toward the back door. "At least this time, no one's nose got broken.""Don't tell Mom, okay, Mal?" Jared pleaded."Whatever. She's going to find out sooner or later." Mallory shrugged and headed out onto the lawn. Clearly this new fencing team was even more competitive than the last. Mallory had taken to practicing at every spare moment. It bordered on obsessive."I'm going to Arthur's library," Jared said, and started up the stairs."But you have to help me find Tibbs. I waited for you to get home so you could help.""I don't have to do anything." Jared took the stairs two at a time.In the upstairs hall he opened the linen closet and went inside. Behind the stacks of mothball-packed, yellowed sheets was the door to the house's secret room.It was dim, lit faintly by a single window, and had the musty smell of old dust. The walls were lined with crumbling books. A massive desk covered in old papers and glass jars dominated one side of the room. Great-Great-Uncle Arthur's secret library. Jared's favorite place.He glanced back at the painting that hung next to the entrance. A portrait of Arthur Spiderwick peered down at him with small eyes half hidden behind tiny, round glasses. Arthur didn't look that old, but he had a pinched mouth and he seemed stuffy. He certainly didn't seem like someone who would believe in faeries.Opening the first drawer on the left-hand side of the desk, Jared tugged free a cloth-wrapped book: Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around Us. He'd only found it a few weeks before, but already Jared had come to think of it as his. He kept it with him most of the time, sometimes even sleeping with it under his pillow. He would have even brought it to school, but he was afraid someone would take it from him.There was a faint sound inside the wall."Thimbletack?" Jared called softly.He could never be sure when the house brownie was around.Jared put the book down next to his latest project -- a portrait of his dad. No one, not even Simon, knew that Jared had been practicing drawing. He wasn't very good -- in fact, he was awful. But the Guide was for recording stuff, and to record well, he was going to have to learn to draw. Still, after today's humiliation, he didn't feel much like bothering. To be honest, he felt like tearing the picture of his father to pieces."There is a fell smell in the air," said a voice close to Jared's ear. "Best take care."He whirled around to see a small nut-brown man dressed in a doll-size shirt and pants made from a dress sock. He was standing on one of the bookshelves at Jared's eye level, holding on to a piece of thread. At the top of the shelf, Jared could see the glint of a silver needle that the brownie had used to rappel down with."Thimbletack," Jared said, "what's wrong?""Could be trouble, could be nought. Whatever it is, it's what you wrought.""What?""You kept the book despite my advice. Sooner or later there'll be a price.""You always say that," said Jared. "What about the price for the sock you cut up to make your outfit? Don't tell me that was Aunt Lucinda's."Thimbletack's eyes flashed. "Do not laugh, not today. You will learn to fear the fey."Jared sighed and walked to the window. The last thing he needed was more trouble. Below, he could see the whole backyard. Mallory was close to the carriage house, stabbing at the air with her foil. Further out, near the broken-down plank fence that separated the yard from the nearby forest, Simon stood, hands cupped, probably calling for that stupid cat. Beyond that, thick trees obscured Jared's view. Downhill, in the distance, a highway cut through the woods, looking like a black snake in tall grass.Thimbletack grabbed hold of the thread and swung over to the window ledge. He started to speak, then just stared outside. Finally he seemed to get his voice back. "Goblins in the wood. Doesn't look good. My warning comes too late. There's no help for your fate.""Where?""By the fence. Have you no sense?"Jared squinted and looked in the direction the brownie indicated. There was Simon, standing very still and staring at the grass in an odd way. Jared watched in horror as his brother started to struggle. Simon twisted and struck out, but there was nothing there."Simon!" Jared tried to force the window open, but it was nailed shut. He pounded on the glass.Then Simon fell to the ground, still fighting some invisible foe. A moment later, he disappeared."I don't see anything!" he shouted at Thimbletack. "What is going on?"Thimbletack's black eyes gleamed. "I had forgotten, your eyes are rotten. But there is a way, if you do what I say.""You're talking about the Sight, aren't you?"The brownie nodded."But how come I can see you and not the goblins?""We can choose to show what we want you to know."Jared grabbed the Guide and ruffled through pages he knew nearly by heart: sketches, watercolor illustrations, and notes in his uncle's scratchy handwriting."Here," Jared said.The little brownie leapt from the ledge to the desk.The page beneath Jared's fingers showed different ways to get the Sight. He scanned quickly. "'Red hair. Being the seventh son of a seventh son. Faerie bathwater'?" He stopped at the last and looked up at Thimbletack, but the little brownie was pointing excitedly down the page. The illustration showed it clearly, a stone with a hole through the middle, like a ring."With the lens of stone, you can see what's not shown." With that, Thimbletack jumped from the desk. He skittered across the floor toward the door to the linen closet."We don't have time to look for rocks," Jared yelled, but what could he do except follow?Copyright © 2003 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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