The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2)

The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2)

by Tony DiTerlizzi, Holly Black


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we said no
still you looked
now instead
someone gets cooked

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780689859373
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
Publication date: 05/01/2003
Series: Spiderwick Chronicles Series , #2
Pages: 128
Sales rank: 464,685
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 6.75(h) x 0.70(d)
Lexile: 560L (what's this?)
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

More Than a Cat Goes Missing

The 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."


"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."


"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

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The Seeing Stone (Spiderwick Chronicles Series #2) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the greatest books ever
LoveAnimals More than 1 year ago
I LOVE THIS BOOK & THIS SERIES ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
Guest More than 1 year ago
best book i have ever read in my life
Smiler69 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In the second book of the Spiderwick Chronicles, we find the Grace children under attack by goblins, with brother Simon and his cat gone missing. His siblings Mallory and Jared find a strange contraption left behind by their great-great uncle which fit on the face creating a sort of lens, and which, once the "seeing stone" (a stone with a hole in it) is inserted, permits the viewer to see what are normally hidden creatures of legend. I'm sure kids must love to be scared by the cruel goblins and an encounter with a troll and a griffon also add to the excitement. This series is geared towards ages 6 to 10, but I find it's good fun and I love the colourful imaginative covers, and interior pen and ink illustrations by Tony DiTerlizzi.
wstull on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
when jared gets home from school simon asks him if he would help him find his cat, but jared said no. Then jared looks out the window and sees his brother simon being tackeld by thin air and being dragged away. Jared looked in the book he got in the atic about magical creatures and he read you need the seeing stone to see all the creatures. after he found the seeing stone he when into the forest with mallory to look for simon. When the found him there was a goblin there waiting for someone to come beacuse he was in a cage like simon. he threatned to scream for the other goblins unlease they got him out of his cage to. Finnaly Jared, Simon, and mallory got home safly.
heidialice on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mallory and Jared have to rescue Simon from the goblins, after their cat goes missing.Fun continuation of the series, frustratingly short. A little grisly for younger kids (the fate of the cat!) but fine for middlers.
burningtodd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is truly a fun series. This is the second book of the "Spiderwick Chronicles" and in this book the children learn to use the seeing stone in order to see the Fae. Unfortunately the Fae have learned that the children know that they exist and are trying to fight back. It is an easy read, but gripping and fun.
Brandie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It does not disappoint! We loved the first one and we loved the second one. =)
klarsenmd on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This series is really cute and well written for the age group it targets. This second book has Jared and MAllory rescuing Simon from a band of Goblins. They encounter several interesting creatures along the way. The illustrations add to the fun!
zodox5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Seeing Stone is another great book about two boy's and one girl that have a book that monster's want.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
elliottclark on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is the second book in The Spiderwick Chronicles series. The book is about the Grace children finding the Goblins. Jared finds his brother being dragged away by some Goblins into the forest. Jared follows and finds his brother being held prisoner at a Goblin prison camp. Jared tried to hide but was captured by the Goblins. While he was imprisoned he met a Hobgoblin. It spit in his eyes, and he could see the Goblins. He was able to escape with his brother and the Hobgoblin. He found a contraption that allows him to see the magical spirits.
raeoh7 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the second book of the series. In the story the main character "Jared" is going deeper of the secret from the following of the field guide that connects to secret scopes that you can see goblins that attacts them!!! WAASDIFGJEKRJDKS The book is getting deeper and curious you will love it!
wyvernfriend on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The second in the sequence and one of the twins is captured by Goblins. The other two have to use a seeing stone to find him. The children are getting further and further involved in the unseen world and who knows what's in store for them next
Carstairs38 More than 1 year ago
When a mysterious unseen foe kidnaps a cat and then one of the twins, the three Grace kids start to discover the strange secret of their new home. A strong plot and good character development kept me turning the pages of this novella.
Jenica Hansen More than 1 year ago
I really did enjoyed this book. I thought it was fun and adventurous. I really enjoyed the adventure they went on. I thought it was a totally new experience. There once were 3 kids Simon, Jared, and Mallory. Simon had a pet cat, but the cat went missing, so Simon went to go find his cat out by the shed. Meanwhile, Mallory was practicing her fencing by the pole, and was making marks on both sides and swinging at it like crazy. As for Jared he was in his hideout he called it Arthur's library. While Jared was up in his “library” watching Symon, Symon was in trouble, he was being pulled away, but he could not see who, Symon or Jared could not see who, because they were invisible, he was swinging at what looked like nothing, and trying to run but he was yanked into the woods, Jaren watched his brother be yanked away into the woods. Like I said this book is very exciting.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You are in the right track but you have to read book number one of the firat seris to really understand it the best you can if you need help or have any questions label your title HELP and I will get back to you as soon as possible thank you oh and by the way greatest book seris I have ever read.
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