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Rowling, J.K.  (1998).  Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.  New York, NY: Scholastic.ALA Notable Children’s BookInterest Level: 5-8Reading Level: 5.3Genre: FantasySubjects: Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Wizards, Witches, Schools, England, Fantasy, Friends, Death, Teachers, MagicHarry Potter:1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone2 – The Chamber of Secrets3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban4 – The Goblet of Fire5 – The Order of the Phoenix6 – The Half-Blood Prince7 – The Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K. (1998). Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. New York, NY: Scholastic.
ALA Notable Children’s Book
Interest Level: 5-8
Reading Level: 5.3
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Harry Potter, Hogwarts, Wizards, Witches, Schools, England, Fantasy, Friends, Death, Teachers, Magic
Harry Potter:
1 – The Sorcerer’s Stone
2 – The Chamber of Secrets
3 – The Prisoner of Azkaban
4 – The Goblet of Fire
5 – The Order of the Phoenix
6 – The Half-Blood Prince
7 – The Deathly Hallows

“Sunshine, daisies, butter mellow, Turn this stupid, fat rat yellow.” – Ron

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone is the first book in a series about an 11-year-old boy wizard named Harry Potter. His world contains people unaware about magic called Muggles and a hidden society of magic. As an infant, Harry was left with his mother’s sister and her family, Harry grows up not knowing about magic, the world of his parents, and is treated horribly by his relatives. He is teased by his cousin Dudley, called names by his Aunt Petunia, and is forced to live in a cupboard under the stairs by his Uncle Vernon. Yet, all is about to change as Harry receives an invitation on his eleventh birthday to attend Hogwarts, a famous school of magic, and the remainder of the book covers the attendance of his first year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.

From the start of his journey, Harry is continually amazed by the new and unusual things he sees and learns, particularly the fact that he is a natural flying on a broom. Even more, as he continues to meet these magical people, he discovers new friends and family he never had. As part of his new world, Harry has to deal with its evil elements. There are those who hate the non-magical Muggles. One of the most notorious and recent was Lord Voldemort, the wizard who murdered Harry’s parents and tried to kill Harry as an infant. In fact, this led to Harry being famous in the magical world, where he is known as “The Boy who Lived”, and, Lord Voldemort has not been heard of since the murder of Harry’s parents.

During the first school year, Harry Potter is curious about an item being hidden at Hogwarts, the Sorcerer’s Stone. Along with his new best friends, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger, they discover the location of the Sorcerer’s Stone with additional hints slipped by the school’s keeper of grounds, Hagrid. It is here that Harry battles an ally of Lord Voldemort, Professor Quirrell and even has a confrontation with the evil wizard himself. Lord Voldemort as everyone anticipated was dead has actually living off of the essence of unicorn blood. And as the first book (first year of school at Hogwarts) concludes, Harry has cemented wonderful relationships with friends and mentors (the headmaster Professor Dumbledore and the head of the Gryffindor House, Professor McGonagall), and is already excited for his second term (book two: The Chamber of Secrets).

The Harry Potter series, beginning with Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone contains as much magic capturing the interest of the readers as magic within Hogwarts. J.K. Rowling has created a set of characters that you want to follow on their journey, as you cheer for them, laugh along with them, share in their wonder and magical lessons, and even experience their fright. J.K Rowling created characters in which readers of any age will easily be able to identify with whether they are Muggles or magical folk, and the settings are described in fluid detail that imagining such places comes with ease. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone also created into a film that helped popularize the series even further. Most fans of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone most likely will/have enjoyed reading Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan, The Spiderwick Chronicles by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, The Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini, the newer series The Guardians of Childhood by William Joyce, His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman, The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann, Children of the Red King by Jenny Nimmo, and Books of Beginning by John Stephens.

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McMann, L. (2011). The Unwanteds. New York, NY: Alladin.
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Level: 5.4
Genre: Dystopian Fantasy
Subjects: Creative ability, Magic, Brothers, Twins, Fantasy, Social problems, Self-confidence
The Unwanteds:
1 – The Unwanteds
2 – Island of Silene
3 – ?

“The Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.” – Kirkus Reviews

Identical twins Alex and Aaron, on their 13th birthday, like all citizens in Quill are sorted into their classes at the annual “purge” as either a Unwanted, Wanted, or Necessary. The Wanteds become politicians who are given an education, the Necessaries live in poverty and are uneducated, and the Unwanteds are artistic individuals like Alex Stowe who was caught drawing in the dirt with a stick. It’s uncommon for twins to be sorted as opposites, but in the case of these two, Alex, an artistic type is deemed an Unwanted, and his brother Aaron, politically focused is a Wanted. Alex, like all the Unwanteds is sent to the “great lake of boiling oil” to meet his death, or so that’s the fate of all the Unwanteds as the citizens of Quill believe it to be. But, rather, the Unwanteds are transported to Artime’, a world created by Mr. Today, a safe haven in which they can nurture their artistic gifts and become magical warriors at a school filled with odd and quirky teachers and strange creatures. Artime’s existence is threatened due the bond Alex has for his brother Aaron, though not mutual, and as war unfolds the battle lines are drawn between creativity and that of strength and intelligence, Quill and Artime’, and brother against brother.

Who would not be excited thinking of a dystopian adventure fantasy in which a society is divided and the worlds in many ways mirror two highly popular books series? Quill the equivalent of Panem in The Hunger Games, and Artime the equivalent of Hogwarts in Harry Potter. Paint brushes used in place of wands and death at a young age not due to killing games set up like a reality TV show but rather sentenced to the Death Farm. The Unwanteds by Lisa McMann presents a highly descriptive and imaginative new series that fans of Harry Potter and The Hungers Games will be eager to read. This is a story about acceptance, a lesson worthy of being told for readers of any age. The second book, Island of Silence is as exciting and quickly paced as the first in the series. Other novels that may be similarly enjoyed include Children of the Red King (aka Charlie Bone) series by Jenny Nimmo, Percy Jackson & The Olympians by Rick Riordan, The Land of Stories: The Wishing Spell by Chris Colfer, Books of Beginning by John Stephens, and The Peculiar by Stefan Bachmann.

Scott, M. (2007). The alchemyst. New York, NY: Delacorte Press.
Interest Level: YA
Reading Level: 6.4
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Nicholas Flamel, John Dee, Alchemists, Magic, Supernatural, Brothers and sisters, Twins, San Francisco (Calif.), Occult, Paranormal.
The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel:
1 – The Alchemyst
2- The Magician
3 – The Sorceress
4 – The Necromancer
5 – The Warlock
6 – The Enchantress

He holds the secret that can end the world

The story begins in The Alchemyst with an attack on a bookstore in San Francisco by Dr. John Dee and there gollums, creatures he created.  They steal the Book of Mage from the store, which was being protected by Nicolas Flamel, the alchemist.  During this battle for the book, Josh, an employee in the store, holds on to the last two pages of the book, which he tears out keeps in his procession.  These pages are critical for the intent of Dee and his employer, the Dark Guardian Morrigan.  During this, Flamel’s wife is taken hostage by Dee and his being held in ransom for those last pages.  Sophie, Josh’s twin sister, is also there when this occurs. Flamel takes the twins to see Scathach, a second generation Elder, for her assistance to rescue Perenelle. They are again attacked by Dee and his gollums, and escape once again. They go to Marin County and see Hektate, an Elder who lives in an alternate realm from the one the twins are familiar with.  Her powers are rooted in a giant tree that she lives in, that is filled with many rooms.  She takes them in, and shows Sophie her aura, the root of her powers.  In the Book of Mage, it is talked about twins, one with gold and one with a silver aura that will have great power and influence on events of the future.  Before she has time to bring Josh’s aura out, her realm is attacked, by Morrigan and her forces, including Dee.  Her tree is destroyed, and with it, she dies.  Flamel, Scathach, and the twins escape, and drive to Ojai, where they go to see the Witch of Endor.  The Witch is one of a few that can awaken Josh’s aura and teach both he and Sophie how to use their powers.  Before that can happen, Dee finds them and awakens all the dead in the area with is necromancer skills.  They go after Flamel and group, but they escape to Paris via a leygate, a means to travel immediately from one location to another.  They escape in time, and leave the Witch to destroy the dead and survive the attack.

Nicolas Flamel, is also known as Nick Fleming, a bookstore owner who, unbeknownst to the student that works for him, is an alchemist and immortal, born in France in 1330.  Flamel is the keeper of the Book of Mage.  His immortality comes from a spell in the book that needs to be done each month to maintain immortality.  Nicolas has become a master alchemist, able to turn metals to gold and other such changes. Perenelle Flamel, Nicolas’ wife, is also immortal, who is captured by the evil forces of the story and held captive.  She has the power to communicate with ghosts and other spirits.  She also has studied more of the magic of the book, and is very adept at those arts. Josh and Sophie, twins that become a part of the story as Josh works for Nick in his bookstore and Sophie works with Perenelle in the coffee shop across the street.  When the first confrontation with the evil forces begins, Josh and Sophie are swept up into the battle and later discover that they may be the twins spoken of in the Book of Mage.

Dr. John Dee, also an immortal, desires the Book of Mage for himself and those he works for.  He can create creatures such as gollums, creatures of mud and slime, and is a practiced necromancer, one that can raise the dead.  Scathach, also known as Scatty is known in mythology as the Warrior Maid, the King Maker, the Daemon Slayer, she is a second generation Elder, a being older than man.  She is asked by Nicolas, to assist in the rescue of his wife, Perenelle. Morrigan, a first generation Dark Elder, very powerful, who has hired Dee to work for her in gaining the Book of Mage, which would allow her to control humankind.  She was once known as the Crow Goddess and the Goddess of Death and Destruction.  She is able to summon birds and flying animals to do her bidding. Hektate: Also a first generation Elder, but not from the Dark side.  She has a kingdom in an alternate realm, in the center of which is a tree that sustains her.  At the start of the day, she is a very young girl; as the day wears on, she ages, until at night, she is an old woman.  Her powers are great and she awakens the magic, the aura, in Sophie but does not have time to do so in Josh, before attacked by Morrigan and Dr. Dee. The Witch of Endor, a witch, living in Ojai, California, who the group goes to for hiding and she provides a gate for them to escape to, to Paris, Nicholas’ birthplace.

This is the first book in the Secrets of Immortal Nicholas Flamel series (The Magician, The Sorceress, The Necromancer, The Warlock, The Enchantress).  It is well written, entrancing and draws the reader in.  After finishing, most readers will immediately want to get the second book of the series due to the first intense cliffhanging conclusion.  And, as the character Perenelle states at the end of the book, “On the contrary, it is now only just beginning.” Those who have read novels by Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson & The Olympians or Kane Chronicles), Philip Kerr’s Children of the Lamp series, and J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series will most likely enjoy this slightly more mature tale as Michael Scott combines modernism with various aspects of mythology and legends throughout the span of time. This is an amazingly enthralling story, filled with mythological gods, vampires, werewolves, and even the elixir of life.  The Alchemyst is a fabulous read, as is the entire Secret of Immortal Nicholas Flamel series.

Cunningham, D.L. (Director), Siegel, A. (Producer), LeBoff, J. (Producer), Platt, M. (Producer), Schmidt, R. (Producer). (2007). The seeker: The dark is rising [Motion picture]. United States: 20th Century Fox.
Interest Level: 5-8
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Good and evil, time travel, signs and symbols, book adaptation
Language: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Rated: PG
Running Time: 99 minutes

“This warrior is a boy.”

The Seeker: The Dark is Rising is based on the young adult novel The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper and stars Alexander Ludwig most recently known for his roles as Cato in The Hunger Games and Seth in Race to Witch Mountain. The story follows Will Staton, the seventh son of a seventh son immediately after his fourteenth birthday in which he learns he is the most important person in the fight between the light and the dark as the Old Ones introduce him to his destiny with only five days to search for six signs hidden in space and time by one of his ancestors. These six signs will give either the Rider of the Dark the power to rule the world, or the Light the power to vanquish the Dark, and it is entirely up to Will to find the power to believe in himself so he can save the world.

Will Staton (Alexander Ludwig) the protagonist is assisted in his search for the signs by the Old Ones. The Old Ones that protect and guide him include Merriman Lyon (Ian McShane), Miss Greythorne (Frances Conroy), Dawson (James Cosmo), Old George (Jim Piddock), and Will’s girl crush from his school, Maggie Barnes (Amelia Warner). And the Rider (Christopher Eccleston) of the Dark, the antagonist is disguised as the village doctor.

Though the film was not as popular with many fans of The Dark is Rising Sequence from the 1970’s due to significant differences in characters and plot, the movie is undoubtedly enjoyable due to the suspense, action, popular cast, and visual effects. Those who enjoyed the films Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and Inkheart both based of the books with the same title, or the television series Legend of the Seeker based off of the adult fantasy series, The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind should easily find The Seeker: The Dark is Rising highly entertaining.

Tw33N FaNtasY S3ri3s is an interactive poster using Glogster EDU that covers five highly popular tween fantasy series that have been further popularized by becoming a major motion picture, having additional supplemental books, video games, etc.

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Clare, C. (2007). City of bones. New York, NY: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Interest Level: YA
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Demonology, Supernatural, Fantasy, Paranormal
Mortal Instruments Series:
1 – City of Bones
2 – City of Ashes
3 – City of Glass
4 – City of Fallen Angels
5 – City of Lost Souls
6 – City of Heavenly Fire

Shadowhunter: half-human/half-angel.

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare revolves around a 15-year-old girl, Clarissa Fay (aka Clary). Clary and her best friend Simon witness a murder while at a nightclub, and for some reason Clary is the only one who sees the murderer, a teenage boy named Jace, who claims that the person he murdered was a demon. Clary is told by her mother not to return home for reasons unknown at the time. She assumes this is a call for help and does the opposite of what her mother requested. When she arrives home, she finds that not only is the apartment trashed and her mother is missing, but a creature (demon) is waiting for her. Clary manages to defeat the demon, is hurt in the process, is rescued by Jace, the boy from the nightclub, who is a Shadowhunter (aka demon hunter), and taken back to his home at the Institute, a gothic looking cathedral that is invisible just like Jace. Most things in the Shadowhunter world are unseen to normal humans (aka mundanes) by magic. It is here that Clary meets Hodge Starkweather, Jace’s tutor and his adoptive siblings, Alec and Isabelle.

Hodge along with the aid of monks titled Silent Brothers, Jace, Simon, Alec, and Isabelle discover they mystery as to why Clary, a mundane can see Shadowhunters. They discover that a block was intentionally placed on her mind as a child when her ex-Shadowhunter mother asked Magnus Bane, the High Warlock of Brooklyn so as to shelter her from the sight that gives people possessing the magic the ability to see the Shadowhunter world and rather hoped her daughter could live a “normal” life. When Magnus Bane is confronted to restore her memories he states he’s unable to do so but with Clary now aware of the Shadowhunter world, her memories will most likely return in time.

When Clary discovers the whereabouts of a magic relic while drawing in her sketchbook, they all attempt to retrieve the Mortal Cup, are attacked by yet another demon in which they are rescued by Magnus Bane. Once the Mortal Cup is in Hodge’s possession he admits that he has been all this time deceiving them and working with the evil and presumed dead Valentine, who is actually Clary’s father. After Jace is kidnapped by Valentine, Luke, a close friend of Clary’s mother and a Werewolf assists Clary in raiding Valentine’s lair, where Clary is able to located Jace and Valentine, learns that Jace is actually her half-brother and mortified about the thought of their love for one another. Valentine escapes to Idris, the capital of the Shadowhunters with the Mortal Cup in his possession, one of the three Mortal Instruments gifted to the first Shadowhunter from the angel Raziel which can be used for good or evil.

Clarrisa Fray (aka Clary), the protagonist is about to turn 16-years-old. She lives with her mother Jocelyn Fay/Fairchild and is looked after by Lucian (aka Luke) Garroway. She’s lives a normal life entirely unaware of her mother’s connection as a Shadowhunter. As an artist she has learned to use her talents as her way to vent her emotions. Oh, and she does have powers that the reader will learn later in the series. Jace Wayland, Clary’s romantic interest, introduces her to the magical side of the universe and a place called the Institute where Jace’s other Shadowhunter adoptive family lives (Alec and Isabelle). Her best friend is Simon Lewis, and Valentine, the antagonist is actually Clary’s father. Clary, Jace, Alec, Isabelle, and Simon all ignite potential relationships, love triangles, and of course, the tween favorite of unrequited love as seen with Isabelle-Simon, Simon-Clary, Clary-Jace, and Alec-Jace.

City of Bones is an enjoyably, highly engaging, emotionally charged, and magically filled book that anyone that enjoys paranormal, fantasy, or even dystopian novels will enjoy. The author weaves wonderful imagery into the story’s setting and excels at character development. The protagonist, Clary, is slightly older than the tween age, but City of Bones and the entire Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare will easily appeal to tweens due to high interest and favorable subject matter such as typical tween/teen struggles with sexuality and unrequited love. City of Bones offers tweens information in a fiction setting to learn and cope with adult issues and difficult life choices. Mortal Instruments concurs with the theory that you can’t choose your family but rather can find alternative means to cope. City of Bones address many topics that are developmentally appropriate for older tweens such as relationships, intimacy, prejudices as seen between the Shadowhunters and Mundanes (similar to Harry Potter between the Muggles and Magical folk), grief, deception, false identities, orphans, broken families, friendship, sexual identity, and the traditional humanistic binary between good and evil. For many who were in their early tweens or younger when they read the Harry Potter series will greatly enjoy Mortal Instruments, a more mature fantasy series or even reading The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney. And, City of Bones is currently in production as a major motion picture to be released summer 2013.

Black, H., & DiTerlizzi, T. (2004). The Spiderwick chronicles [multi-volume set]. New York, NY: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers.
Interest Level: 3-6
Reading Level: 5.3
Genre: Fantasy
Subjects: Fairies, Goblins, Ghouls and ogres, Brothers and sisters, Single-parent families, Great-aunts, Magic, Action and Adventure, Supernatural, Fantasy
The Spiderwick Chronicles:
1 – The Field Guide
2 – The Seeing Stone
3 – Lucinda’s Secret
4 – The Ironwood Tree
5 – The Wrath of Mulgarath

Follow the Grace siblings as they journey the invisible and perilous world of faeries.

The Spiderwick Chronicles is a series of children’s books, often considered a Harry Potter series for younger or reluctant readers co-created by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black. They chronicle the adventures of the Grace children, twins Simon and Jared and their older sister Mallory, after they move into Spiderwick Estate and discover a world of faeries that they never knew existed. Interestingly enough, The Spiderwick Chronicles is based off of a mysterious letter from three fans that gave Holly Black and Tony DiTerilizzi an account similar to that of the book series.

The first book in the Spiderwick Chronicles, The Field Guide, set in Maine centers around three siblings who have recently moved to the old rickety house owned by the great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick. The Grace children have moved with their mother after their parents separated. The nine-year-old twins Jared and Simon are complete opposites. Jared has a habit of getting and finding his way into trouble while Simon loves his studies. Their feisty fencing older sister (thirteen-years-old) attempts to be more responsible than her age and be the “perfect daughter”. In their new home, none of which the family is pleased to be living at, the three siblings discover a secret library and Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, and discover a world of fairies that they never believe existed. In addition, they meet Thimbletack after he causes much mischief that Jared had been blamed for (i.e. tying Malory’s hair to her bed), a brownie (a type of fairy) that has quite a temper if he doesn’t get his way and also not given honey needed to calm him down.

In the second book of the series, The Seeing Stone, in which Thimbletack’s advice is ignored and Simon is abducted by invisible goblins once he steps outside the protective magical barrier around the house. To aid Jared find his brother, Thimbletack offers Jared an object giving him “the sight”. The seeing stone, created by Arthur Spiderwick is a hallow disk shaped stone that when one looks through it they can see the many fairy splendors (beautiful and frightening). Together, Jared and Mallory find Simon hostage in a goblin camp. When they befriend a Hogsquel, a hobgoblin, he offers them “the sight” permanently without the need of the stone (spits in their eyes) in exchange for his freedom. As Jared, Mallory, Simon, and Hogsquel escape, lead the goblins to their deaths when they encounter a bridge troll, and rescue and nurse an injured griffin back at their home within the safety of the magical barrier.

In the third installment of the Spiderwick Chronicles, Lucinda’s Secret, the Grace children choose to visit their great-aunt Lucinda, living in a psychiatric hospital from all her nonsensical talk of fairies and other magical beings. They wish to learn more about the faerie world, the creatures, and her father, Arthur Spiderwick who authored the Field Guide that changed their ordinary lives. Great-aunt Lucinda tells how her father disappeared when she was still very young and has his whereabouts have never been discovered. As the Grace Children meet forest elves that inform the Grace children he was punished for not giving them the Field Guide which in the wrong hands such as Mulgarath could learn how to rule the world of faeries was punished and held captive in a place in which time is forever frozen. The elves proceed to kidnap Simon who they believe to be Jared until the Field Guide is finally given over to them.

The Ironwood Tree is the fourth book in the Spiderwick Chronicles in which Mallory goes missing after a fencing contest. Simon and Jarred while searching for Mallory in an abandoned quarry end up being taken prisoners by dwarves by the orders of the evil Mulgarath. Mallory is eventually found in an abandoned quarry sleeping in a glass-coffin. All three children manage to escape along with freeing yet another creature, a Knocker, who tells them that they must listen to the stones to exit the quarry or be trapped for eternity. As they escape they are able to stop and watch Mulgarath, the hideous ogre wanting to rule not only the faerie world but all realms (human too). Mulgarath is the epitome of all evil as he has the dwarves killed by goblins working for him under the assumption that this is their punishment for failing to retrieve the Field Guide from Jared when in actuality, Mulgarath has had the Field Guide all along. The Grace children now knowing the Field Guide is in the possession of the worst of all beings are faced with horror knowing that Mulgarath not only has a goblin army, but also is in procession of all the iron weapons forged by the dwarves.

The Grace children’s’ journey concludes in the fifth and final book, The Wrath of Mulgarath. After returning home (Spiderwick Estate) after the events at the abandoned quarry, their home is destroyed, their mother is missing, and the hobgoblin, Hogsquel who saw it all occur informs Jared, Simon, and Mallory that it was the goblins that destroyed their home and captured their mother to the palace of the ogre Mulgarath. Mulgarath’s palace, resembling a garbage dump successfully battle the goblins and and finally discover Mulgarath’s plans who has already learned from the Field Guide how to make young dragon rapidly mature. With his envisioned army of dragons, Mulgarath believes it possible for him to conquer the earth. The griffin they rescued in the first book, later named Byron kills the mother dragon as Simon kills the younger ones. As they venture into the palace, they find their mother and discover that the man that appears to be their father is actually Mulgarath in disguise. They inform Mulgarath how they have decimated the dragons and foiled his plans for world domination and as he transforms into a swallow in attempt to escape but is thankfully is eaten by Hogsqueal. One the battle is all done, and the Grace children along with their mother return back home, they are met by Arthur Spiderwick who is reunited with his daughter Lucinda and all is safe for both the faerie and human worlds.

The Spiderwick Chronicles has appealing character, age appropriate suspense, a fast action-packed pace, magical wonder, creativity, as well as plenty of humor. For those that love the world of Spiderwick Chronicles, they will enjoy reading as the Spiderwick saga continues in Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, The Nixie’s Song, A Giant Problem, and the final book, The Wyrm King. Other enjoyable books belonging to the Spiderwick universe includes Arthur Spiderwick’s Notebook for Fantastical Observations, Arthur Spiderwick’s Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You, The Spiderwick Chronicles: Care and Feeding of Sprites, and The Chronicles of Spiderwick: A Grand Tour of the Enchanted World, Navigated by Thimbletack. Most readers, young or old that enjoyed the Harry Potter series will enjoy these short, very detailed, amusing, and beautifully illustrated books. And, of course, Nickelodeon produced a major motion picture based on the first five books. Though the movie was entertaining many unnecessary changes were made as it was converted from text to film.

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