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A Giant Problem

by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | September 16, 2008 | Paper over Board

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Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and this would be someone else's giant problem!

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 176 pages, 6.75 × 4.5 × 0.7 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689871325

ISBN - 13: 9780689871320

Appropriate for ages: 7

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A Giant Problem

A Giant Problem

by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi
Illustrator Tony DiTerlizzi

Format: Paper over Board

Dimensions: 176 pages, 6.75 × 4.5 × 0.7 in

Published: September 16, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0689871325

ISBN - 13: 9780689871320

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Chapter Two In Which Nick and Laurie Are Surprised by Their Visitor Nick pressed his finger down harder on the controller, making his car on the screen accelerate. He swerved it in front of Laurie's Volkswagen, knocking into its side and making virtual sparks fly. She scowled, biting her lip in concentration. Rockets shot out of her bumper. His car exploded in a whoosh of orange flame as she crowed with laughter. "I'm getting better," she said with a huge smile. He grinned too. He didn't mind her winning. He was having fun. The air-conditioning filled the house with cold, sweet air, and just breathing it in made him feel safe. Rain smeared the windows, making the outside blurry and far away. And the more he concentrated on the game, the less he had to think about the nixie waiting in her pond for him to find the rest of her sisters, or all of the giants that might be waking up, or how some blind old guy thought that they could do anything about it. This was how summer was supposed to be. Besides, this could be considered a kind of training. Maybe. Laurie's reflexes were definitely improving. Downstairs, a door slammed and his father shouted. "That's not what I said!" Nick stopped smiling. "You didn't say you would be home early?" Charlene demanded. "You said you would call if something came up. The kids ate hours ago." "I said I would try. The weather, the rain, it's making things hard." Didn't they realize that just because they couldn't see anyon
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Table of Contents

List of Full-Page Illustrations

Map of Mangrove Hollow

Chapter One: IN WHICH

Nick and Laurie Get One Lesson and Learn Another

Chapter Two: IN WHICH

Nick and Laurie Are Surprised by Their Visitor

Chapter Three: IN WHICH

Nick and Laurie Witness One Fight and Almost Have Another

Chapter Four: IN WHICH

A Sandspur Gets Stuck with Nick

Chapter Five: IN WHICH

Noseeum Jack Is Seen

Chapter Six: IN WHICH

Nick Finds Hope in Wreckage

Chapter Seven: IN WHICH

Nick Dances to a New Tune

Chapter Eight: IN WHICH

A Bridge Is Crossed

Chapter Nine: IN WHICH

The World Turns Upside Down Again

About Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

From the Publisher

Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and this would be someone else's giant problem!

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.

Appropriate for ages: 7