A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
May be an especially good choice for reluctant readers who will appreciate the high adventure and quick pace.
Fast-paced adventure story in which siblings work together in dark, magical world.
Positive Role Models
When Simon is kidnapped by invisible goblins, his twin brother Jared and older sister Mallory set out to rescue him.
Violence & Scariness
A goblin's arm is bitten off, and a cat is roasted and eaten, neither described. Simon's life is in danger, the children are threatened by a troll and the goblins.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Seeing Stone: The Spiderwick Chronicles, Book 2, by Holly Black and Tony DiTerlizzi, is an exciting book with a rough edge that might trouble kids prone to nightmares. Book 1 in the series is tamer. This installment might be scary for younger children -- among other things, a cat is roasted and eaten, and a goblin's arm is bitten off by the griffin, though none of this is described. But older elementary-aged children, especially reluctant readers, are going to be big fans.
Is It Any Good?
If the first book in the series was mostly introduction, this one jumps right into the action -- and there's an edge to it that the first book only hinted at. Here, Simon is in danger of being eaten by goblins, and the only way to rescue him is to kill his abductors, but the children don't do this themselves. Although The Seeing Stone is more exciting than the first book, it offers some of the same pleasures: a short, easy-to-read fantasy adventure in an old-fashioned edition filled with illustrations and printed on soft, unevenly cut paper.
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