The Spiderwick Chronicles series is a series of fantasy and children’s literature books written by author Holly Black in collaboration with the author Tony DiTerlizzi. There is a total of 5 novels in the series published between the years 2000 and 2004. The second novel of the series consists of 3 more parts which were published separately between the years 2003 and 2007. All the novels of the series revolve around the adventures of the children of the Grace family, which include the twins Jared and Simon and their older sister Mallory. The adventures in their lives begin when they move into the Spiderwick Estate and come across a world full of faeries, which they were never aware of. As the series progressed after the publication of its initial novels, a few companion books were also added to it. Each and every novel of the series was such a big hit that it was decided by the publishers to sell the rights of making the novel series into a movie. Eventually, a film adaptation of the title The Spiderwick Chronicles was made and telecast on February 14, 2008. The film was produced by the Nickelodeon Movies production house. The success of the film adaptation was accompanied by a video game series which was also released around the same time as the movie.
The first novel of the Spiderwick Chronicles series was published in the year 2003 by the Simon & Schuster Books publishing house. It was titled ‘The Field Guide’ and featured the main characters in the form of Jared Grace, Mallory Grace, and Simon Grace. The plot of the novel is set in a magical world of faeries and revolves around the lives of the primary characters, the children of the Grace family. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, Jared, Mallory, and Simon, the three Grace Children move into their aunt Lucinda’s old house along with their mom. The old house of the their aunt Lucinda was believed by many people to be filled with magic. Soon the three siblings discover a nest full of some assembled junk. When Jared Grace goes on to visit the secret library of the house via the dumb waiter, he finds a note that has written on it, ‘my secret to all mankind’. After a short while, the three siblings indulge in various mysterious pranks, the blames of all of which are given to Jared. But, he denies doing any of the pranks on his siblings. Finally, he becomes successful in digging up the book, ‘Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You’. The three siblings of the Grace family find themselves fortunate enough to meet one of the clitters that was listed on the guide, a brownie with the name Thimbletack. He makes all the magic of the field guide to look real and helps the kids to reach to the suspenseful conclusion of the book which tells them to the throw away the book or light fire to it. If they fail to do so, the book warns them that they will have to draw the ire.
The plot of the novel initially opens up in Maine and depicts the 9 year old twins Simon and Jared Grace, along with their 13 year old sister Mallory Grace. They decide to enter the Spiderwick Estate along with their mother Helen. They come across a secret library on their first night situated on the second floor of the aunt Lucinda’s house, with the help of a dumbwaiter. Soon, they come to know that the library has hidden doors in the hall closet that connect it to the different parts of the house. Thimbletack, the brownie becomes furious at the Grace siblings when they by mistakenly destroy his nest that he had built inside the walls. As a result, he begins to wrought havoc in the house along with several assaults on Mallory Grace, Simon Grace, and the destruction of the kitchen. Jared is made to bear the blame of all the havoc wrought by Thimbletack. After that, they begin to find the clues hidden the form riddle-poems and eventually find the field guide hidden in a secret compartment in the attic trunk. The Filed guide represents an old book which is handwritten and consists of important information about the various types of faeries. At the end of the novel, the Grace siblings make amends with the brownie Thimbletack and build a new home for him. Finally Thimbletack agrees to help them and warns them that the book is dangerous and that it is meant to be possessed by the immortals. The novel became very much successful and helped author Holly Black to win the Children’s Book Award by Flicker Tale in the year 2005.
The second novel of the series was published in the year 2000 by the Simon & Schuster Books publishing house. It was titled ‘The Seeing Stone’ ad continued to feature the primary characters, Jared Grace, Simon Grace, and Mallory Grace. In the opening sequence of the plot of the novel, the Grace siblings are depicted as starting to get used to the strange and old mansion house of Aunt Lucinda. Suddenly, Simon disappears and is nowhere to be found. Mallory and Jared do not seem to have any other option but to rely on a mischievous house Boggart and takes his help. They also listen to the nasty bridge troll, and the hobgoblin, who is very loud-mouthed, to get Simon back. Soon, it is revealed that Simon had been kidnapped by several goblins who live in the dense woods around the house. Jared and Mallory nearly avoid getting abducted by the goblins and go into the woods in order to search for Simon. During their path, they come across a troll, but tend to avoid it as they were partially protected in the daylight. After accidentally losing their fencing swords, Mallory and Jared Grace encounter a griffin, who seems to be wounded. Soon, they reach the camp of the goblins where they witness the prisoners hanging in the cages. They meet a goblin prisoner, Hogsqueal who convinces them to allow him to escape in return for the help that he will provide them with their motive of rescuing Simon. By taking the Hogsqueal’s help, they become successful in saving Simon from the goblins. But after they return home with Simon, he asks them to return to the goblin camp in order to release the other victims. The three siblings get confronted by their angry mother after which they find that Thimbletack has once again reverted to his old mischievous ways because Jared had forcefully taken the seeing stone from him, which had made him very much enraged.Book Series In Order » Characters » Spiderwick Chronicles