Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #3)

Lucinda's Secret (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #3)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black

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Let the story of my niece and nephews be a warning. The more you know, the more danger you're in. And trust me, you don't want to meddle with the Little People. -- S.S.
One thrilling adventure -- The Spiderwick Chronicles!
Their world is closer than you think.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442496217
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/07/2013
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #3
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 144
Sales rank: 544,165
File size: 36 MB
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Age Range: 6 - 10 Years

About the Author

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 Tales series, the Curse Workers series, Doll Bones, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Darkest Part of the Forest,  the Magisterium series (with Cassandra Clare), and the Folk of the Air series. She has been a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, a finalist for an Eisner Award, and the recipient of both an Andre Norton Award and a Newbery Honor. She lives in New England with her husband and son in a house with a secret door. Visit her at

Tony DiTerlizzi is a #1 New York Times bestselling author and illustrator who has been creating books with Simon & Schuster for twenty years. From fanciful picture books, such as Jimmy Zangwow’s Out-of-This-World Moon-Pie Adventure and The Spider and the Fly (a Caldecott Honor Book), to fantastic middle grade novels like Kenny & the Dragon and the WondLa trilogy, Tony imbues each story with his rich imagination. He created The Spiderwick Chronicles with Holly Black, which has sold millions of copies around the world. You can learn more about Tony at

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Chapter One: IN WHICH Many Things Are Turned Inside Out

Jared Grace took out a red shirt, turned it inside out, and put it on backward. He tried to do the same with his jeans, but that was beyond him. Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You lay atop his pillow, open to a page on protective devices. Jared had consulted the book carefully, not sure any of it would help much.

Since the morning after the Grace kids had returned with the griffin, Thimbletack had been out to get Jared. Every so often he could hear the little brownie in the wall. At other times Jared thought he saw him out of the corner of his eye. Mostly, though, Jared just wound up the victim of some new prank. So far his eyelashes had been cut, his shoes had been filled with mud, and something had urinated on his pillow. Mom blamed Simon's new kitten for the last, but Jared knew better.

Mallory was completely unsympathetic. "Now you know how it feels," she kept saying. Only Simon seemed at all concerned. And he practically had to be. If Jared hadn't forced Thimbletack to give up the seeing stone, Simon might have been roasted over a spit in a goblin camp.

Jared tied the laces of his muddy shoe over an inside-out sock. He wished that he could find a way to apologize to Thimbletack. He'd tried to give back the stone, but the brownie hadn't wanted it. The thing was, he knew that if everything were to happen all over again, he would do exactly what he had done. Just thinking about Simon being held by goblins -- while Thimbletack stood around talking in riddles -- made Jared angry enough to almost break his laces with the force of the knot.

"Jared," Mallory called from downstairs. "Jared, come here a minute."

He stood up, tucking the Guide under his arm, and took a step toward the stairs. He fell immediately, hitting his hand and knee against the hardwood floor. Somehow Jared's shoelaces had been tied together.

Downstairs Mallory was standing in the kitchen, holding a glass up to the window so that the water caught the sunlight and cast a rainbow on the wall. Simon sat next to her. Both of Jared's siblings seemed transfixed.

"What?" Jared said. He was feeling grumpy and his knee hurt. If all they wanted was to show him how pretty the stupid glass looked, he was going to break something.

"Take a sip," Mallory said, handing the glass to him.

Jared eyed it suspiciously. Did they spit in it? Why would Mallory want him to drink water?

"Go ahead, Jared," Simon said. "We already tried it."

The microwave beeped and Simon jumped up to remove a giant mound of chopped meat. The top part was a sickly gray, but the rest of it still looked frozen.

"What's that?" Jared asked, peering at the meat.

"For Byron," Simon said, dumping it into a huge bowl and adding corn flakes. "He must be getting better. He's always hungry."

Jared grinned. Anyone else would be wary of a half-starved griffin recuperating in their carriage house. Not Simon.

"Go on," Mallory said. "Drink."

Jared took a sip of the water and choked. The liquid burned his mouth and he spat half of it onto the tile floor. The rest slid down his throat like fire.

"Are you crazy?" he yelled between bouts of coughing. "What was that?"

"Water from the tap," Mallory said. "It all tastes that way."

"Then why did you make me drink it?" Jared demanded.

Mallory crossed her arms. "Why do you think all this stuff is happening?"

"What do you mean?" Jared asked.

"I mean that weird things started happening when we found that book, and they're not going to stop until we get rid of it."

"Weird stuff was happening before we found it!" Jared objected.

"It doesn't matter," Mallory said. "Those goblins wanted the Guide. I think we should give it to them."

The room was silent for a few seconds. Finally Jared managed a hushed, "What?"

"We should get rid of that stupid book," Mallory repeated, "before someone gets hurt -- or worse."

"We don't even know what's wrong with the water." Jared glared at the sink, anger coiling in his gut.

"Who cares?" Mallory said. "Remember what Thimbletack told us? Arthur's field guide is too dangerous!"

Jared didn't want to think about Thimbletack. "We need the Guide," he said. "We wouldn't have even known there was a brownie in the house without it. We wouldn't have known about the troll or the goblins or anything."

"And they wouldn't know about us," Mallory said.

"It's mine," Jared said.

"Stop being so selfish!" Mallory shouted.

Jared clenched his teeth. How dare she call him selfish? She was just too chicken to keep it. "I decide what happens to it, and that's final!"

"I'll show you final." Mallory took a step toward him. "If it wasn't for me, you'd be dead!"

"So?" Jared said. "If it wasn't for me, you'd be dead right back!"

Mallory took a deep breath. Jared could almost imagine steam coming out of her nose. "Exactly. We could all be dead because of that book."

The three of them looked down at "that book" dangling from Jared's left hand. He turned to Simon, furious. "I suppose you agree with her."

Simon shrugged uncomfortably. "The Guide did help us figure out about Thimbletack and about the stone that lets you see into Faerie."

Jared smiled in triumph.

"But," Simon went on and Jared's face fell, "what if there are more goblins out there? I don't know if we could stop them. What if they got in the house? Or grabbed Mom?"

Jared shook his head. If Mallory and Simon destroyed the Guide, then everything they'd done would have been for nothing! "What if we give back the Guide and they keep coming after us?"

"Why would they do that?" Mallory demanded.

"We'd still know about the Guide," said Jared. "And we'd still know faeries are real. They might think we'd make another Guide."

"I'd make sure you didn't," said Mallory.

Jared turned to Simon, who was pushing a wooden spoon through the half-frozen mess of meat and cereal. "And what about the griffin? The goblins wanted Byron, didn't they? Are we going to give him back too?"

"No," said Simon, looking out of the faded curtains into the yard. "We can't let Byron go. He isn't all the way better."

"No one is looking for Byron," Mallory said. "It isn't the same thing at all."

Jared tried to think of something that would convince them, something that would prove that they needed the Guide. He didn't understand the faeries any more than Simon or Mallory did. He didn't even know why the faeries would want the field guide when the only thing in it was stuff about them. Did the faeries just not want people to see it? The only person who might know the answer was Arthur and he was long dead. Jared stopped at that thought.

"There is someone we could ask -- someone who really might know what to do," Jared said.

"Who?" asked Simon and Mallory in unison.

Jared had won. The book was safe -- at least for now.

He smirked. "Aunt Lucinda."

Copyright © 2003 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

Table of Contents

List of Full-Page Illustrations

Letter from Holly Black

Letter from the Grace kids

Map of the Spiderwick Estate

Chapter One: IN WHICH

Many Things Are Turned Inside Out

Chapter Two: IN WHICH

Many People Are Mad

Chapter Three: IN WHICH

Stories Are Told and a Theft Is Discovered

Chapter Four: IN WHICH

the Grace Children Look for a Friend

Chapter Five: IN WHICH

There Are Many Riddles and Few Answers

Chapter Six: IN WHICH

Jared Fulfills the Phooka's Prediction

Chapter Seven: IN WHICH

Jared Is Finally Pleased to Have a Twin

About Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black

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Lucinda's Secret 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
cleverusername2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My only complaint about this series is they end too quickly; but this is common for early reader-type books, and keeps you interested in what is happening in the next installment. Ms. Black has an innate understanding of fairy tales and knows how to portray the fae quite well. The Grace siblings' encounter with elves was riveting, as was the trick they played to earn Jared's freedom. I suspect their next encoutner with the sidhe will not go well.
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mallory, Jared and Simon have lost their great-uncle¿s Guide to Faerie and must outsmart elves and talk with their great-aunt to figure out what happened to their great-uncle.An interesting continuation to the series, same complaint that each installment is too short and not really whole in and of itself. I¿m still having trouble getting the personalities of the characters, and it¿s just about over.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The story keeps progressing at breakneck speed! The book is too short and too plot driven to give a synapses without giving away any spoilers. I have to say that each book gets better and better. More secrets about Arthur and Lucinda Spiderwick are revealed and mention is made of the evil Mulgarath. These are perfect read aloud books and the 7yo is clamouring for more, as am I.
nmhale on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the third in a five part series, and the plot of the series as a whole takes some interesting turns in this segment. Having escaped an actual attack by the fairy world, goblins to be precise, the Grace children decide they need more answers. They visit Aunt Lucinda, residing in a mental institution, since she was Arthur's daughter, and they learn that her insanity consists of believing that little fairies feed her forbidden fruit. After what they've experienced, the Grace children know that she may not be as crazy as other people think.Although she can only offer them warnings, the meeting does resolve the children to try and take back the field guide, using the map Arthur Spiderwick drew of the fairy dwellings surrounding their homes. This attempt leads them to make a shocking discovery about what actually happened to some of their relatives in the past. The series continues to keep me engrossed. I love the story - imagine discovering a field guide that is all about fairies, instead of birds or trees! I love the illustrations, which are black and white but so finely detailed and exquisite, they fully capture the exotic world of faerie and the mundane world of reality, and bring to life the distinctive characteristics of each sibling. I love the series as a whole, how Black reveals a little more of the whole picture as the novels progress, while still managing to encapsulate one complete adventure in every book. Black continues to blend the fantastical developments with character growth - we not only meet new creatures, we see the children still struggling to accept their parent's divorce, and the issues each child has faced personally in response to that trauma. It is a beautiful blending of reality and fantasy. My only criticism is that I wish there were more books, because I love this series so much.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good. But not as good as the first 2 in the series. This is definitely a middle book and has the issues of a middle book. However, it is a good story and the authors are talented. In this book, the Grace children set out to discover what happened to their great uncle Arthur. They discover that he has been captured by elves and they almost become prisoners themselves, only to escape by their wits. I continue to look forward to the next in the series.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My children LOVED this book. (as with the first two).I wish we owned it and didn't have to return it to the library.
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Book 3 in the series and the children are finding that the Boggard/Brownie Thimbletack is still annoyed at them, they go to visit their Aunt Lucinda in the asylum and find that she's being sustained by fairy food. The book goes missing and they have to try to find out more about what's going on and why all of fairy want the book.A fun read that's really not taxing. The illustrations are amazing and in some cases hilarious. A series that adults will find depth in and children will enjoy.
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
The Grace children track down some back story that helps them decide what to do next. Even with that back story, this is still an entertaining book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ia the best book ever. It is the third book in the seies. It is so great. You first have to read the first and aecone though. Seeya later people
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In this book you meet a lot of new chartees i love this book and hope you do to Hayden J Hodges
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Apex_21 More than 1 year ago
I read this book because of the title and because of the series because i love the series. I thought that this book was awesome. I thought that this bool was awesome because the reveal of Lucinda's secrete and the ending. The book was not what I expected it to be. I do still feel that the book could be better. How I think it has changed is the whole series because of this book. It was about three months into the move, when they started seeing things in the woods and things in the walls started to take their belongings. The find a mysterious hideout in there old attic and found a very old book written by the great great uncle. It was about all of the things they have been seeing in the woods and of the little people living in their walls. One is named Thimbletack he is a hobgoblin, the second is the worst of all mulgareth he leads all of the bad goblins. One of the reasons why I loved this book was because of the title. It hooked me when I saw the title. The second reason is I heard that thins is the best book of all of them. In the end I really enjoyed this book and i recommend that you read it. I think that it would be great for any age. I would rate this book five stars. The book was super adventurous and it had a lot of action in the end.         
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is book number two of th first seris so if you want to read it and understand it you have to have read book one of the first seris then be done with book 2 in the first seris. If you need help or have any questions put HELP on the review and I will help you as soon as possible thank you oh and by the way best book seris I have ever read.
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This is my favorite book in the whole series
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HBT More than 1 year ago
My 6 year old loved this book and the time we spent reading it together. It was so good that she and I are going to read the next book.
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TeamCrosby87 More than 1 year ago
One of the most intriging of the series. It's all unfolding now...