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The nixie's song / Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black.

By: DiTerlizzi, Tony.
Contributor(s): Black, Holly | Black, Holly, 1971- | Black, Holly [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: DiTerlizzi, Tony. Beyond the Spiderwick chronicles: 1.; DiTerlizzi, Tony. Beyond the Spiderwick chronicles: bk. 1.; DiTerlizzi, Tony. Beyond the Spiderwick chronicles: 01.; Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles: 1Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers, 2007Description: 192 pages : illustrations ; 18 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780689871313; 0689871317; 9781847381385 (hbk.) :; 1847381383 (hbk.) :.Subject(s): Brothers and sisters -- Juvenile fiction | Fairies -- Juvenile fiction | Giants -- Juvenile fiction | Magic -- Juvenile fiction | Fairies -- Juvenile literature | Florida -- Juvenile fictionGenre/Form: Children's nonfiction. | Children's fiction.DDC classification: Children's Fiction Summary: Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow. But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem--the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety --and it's up to Nick, his stepsister Laurie, and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.--From publisher's description.
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The Spiderwick Chronicles leave the old-fashioned charm of New England far behind and head south for some fiendish faerie fun in the hot Florida sun. Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow.

But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem - the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety - and it's up to Nick; his stepsister, Laurie; and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles ) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.

Eleven-year-old Nicholas Vargas only thinks his life has been turned upside down after his developer father remarries and moves his new wife and daughter into the soon-to-be completed Mangrove Hollow. But an "expedition" to a nearby lake turns up a little nixie with a giant problem--the huge, lumbering, fire-breathing variety --and it's up to Nick, his stepsister Laurie, and his big brother, Julian (plus a familiar face from the original Spiderwick Chronicles) to figure out the best way to stop a host of rampaging giants before all of Florida goes up in smoke.--From publisher's description.

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Chapter One In Which There Are Many Different Sorts of Developments After his mother died, Nicholas Vargas stopped bothering. His Aunt Armena had told him to be good and not to bother his father, but he decided that her advice could extend to everyone and everything. It seemed that Nick's brother had the same idea -- Jules never hung around long enough to bother anyone anymore. So the whole family kept on not bothering each other right up until Nick and Jules's dad suddenly decided to get married again. Leading his new stepsister up the carpeted stairs, Nick had to keep his jaw clenched to stop himself from shouting. He hated that he had to give up his room and move in with Jules, who snored all night and woke up at the crack of dawn to go surfing. If his father hadn't married his stepmother after only six months of dating, Nick would still have his own room. And he wouldn't be stuck with a bedroom-stealing stepsister. Laurie was almost exactly his age and the biggest, weirdest loser he'd ever met. She bothered everyone. Nick thought he was being fair about it, too, because he'd been called a loser and a nerd and a spaz himself. He was eleven, kind of fat, and bad at sports, while Julian shredded waves and made it to state in track. The only thing Nick thought he was really good at was school, and that was mostly about being quiet and following directions. So, okay, he knew he wasn't cool. At least he knew better than to advertise everything lame about himself. Laurie seemed to be proud to be the lamest person alive. "What are you thinking about?" Laurie asked him, hugging a box to her chest. Her skirt brushed the floor, making the little bells along the hem jingle. Nick cringed and set down another box of her crap on the canopy bed. All the boxes seemed to be labeled unicorns, fairies, or books about unicorns and fairies. A few of them had even bled glitter onto the hall rug. "Things I hate," said Nick. "Like what?" Laurie tucked a tangle of blond hair behind her ear. Bracelets clattered at her wrists. He was tempted to tell her. "Clowns," he said instead. "They creep me out." "I hate my name," she told him, like he'd just given her the green light to overshare. "I wish I was called Lauranathana." "That's stupid," said Nick. "Everyone would make fun of you." "I don't care what people think," Laurie said simply, like she meant it. He wanted to snap at her, to tell her that everyone cared what people thought about them, but his dad had told him to be "civil" on moving day. He sighed. "Okay, so what stuff do you like?" He looked out of her window at the empty concrete shells of houses going up all around theirs. When it had been his window, he'd liked to watch as workers poured and smoothed foundations and cut planks and nailed them in place. He liked to smell the sawdust and see that his dad's development was finally, really happening. Even though there was still some swampy forest left, soon it would all be cut back and turned into golf courses, swimming pools, and lots of other cool things. Stuff he liked. He'd imagined playing out there with other kids, but the construction was behind schedule. Nothing was done. His dad kept complaining about the weather -- it was the hottest summer he could remember. And that, along with the brushfires and water rationing, had everyone on edge. The sun had turned the grass on the front lawn crunchy and brown, and Nicholas's dad hadn't filled the pool in the backyard, even though he usually filled the pools as soon as they were built. Now, with the rainy season about to start, Nick's whole summer was turning out to be as lame as his stepsister. "I like all this stuff, I guess." Laurie stacked books onto her white beadboard shelves. They were mostly fantasy and fairy tales, but she'd set aside a big tome that had gold letters and what looked like a hawk on the cover. "What's that?" he asked. "A field guide. So you can tell which kind of faeries are which. I bet there are a lot around here, since there's so much nature." "You don't really believe in that stuff, do you?" He took the book from her and flipped through it. It was filled with paintings and sketches of things that made the hair along his arms stand up. They didn't look like faeries. He flipped to the back. "This isn't some kind of ancient magical text. It's fake. It was published in 2005 in New York." "It's a reprint," Laurie told him. "Look," he said, turning the book toward her. "It says 'fiction' inside. Explain that." "They had to put that there," Laurie said, taking it out of his hands. "So they don't get in trouble or sued. And if you don't believe me, you can ask the authors yourself, since they're signing -- " "Hey, kids," Nick's father called from downstairs in that new, cheerful voice he used around Laurie and Charlene. "Lunch!" After Nick and Julian's mom died and before their dad decided he needed to impress Charlene and her wacko daughter, lunch had been cold slices of leftover pizza from the night before or, on at least one occasion, a piece of apple pie with cheese melted on it. Now, apparently, it was alphabet soup and bologna sandwiches. With the crusts cut off. Nick wanted to hurl. Downstairs in the kitchen, Julian was already sitting at the granite island. Earbud cords hung from his head, and his thumbs jabbed at the game console cradled in his hands. His hair was stiff with salt. He didn't even look up when Nick sat down next to him. Laurie still had the stupid book tucked under one arm. "After lunch, I'm going to go look for faeries," she told her mother. Charlene smiled mildly. "Maybe Nick can go with you. Show you around the neighborhood." Nick scowled at his soup. Charlene was okay, but he wished she wasn't around all the time. And he wished she would stop trying to make him be friends with her daughter. Although Charlene hadn't seemed to figure it out yet, he was willing to ignore them if they'd just ignore him back. Laurie took a bowl and crumbled a handful of Goldfish crackers into it, making a mess. It never seemed to matter what Laurie did or how bothersome she was. No one was going to tell her to stop. "Faeries," Nick's dad said with a grin, tucking a paper napkin into his collar. "I thought they were only in England. Down here, the palmetto bugs'll get them if the lizards don't." Nick snickered. "They're not all small, you know," said Laurie. She clearly didn't think his dad's joke was funny, which, in Nick's opinion, only made it funnier. "It's too hot to look for anything," Nick said, smiling down at his reflection in the granite. "Especially things that don't exist." Nick's dad frowned and then rubbed the bridge of his nose. Maybe he was upset his joke hadn't gone over all that well. "Go help her look. Keep her from getting lost." Nick pushed the noodle letters in his soup so they spelled l-a-m-e. Lame. Like his summer. Like his stepsister. Like how he felt as he slurped his soup down and, without saying a thing, followed Laurie out into the yard.Copyright (c) 2007 by Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black Excerpted from The Nixie's Song by Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.

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Publishers Weekly Review

Spiderwick creators Black and DiTerlizzi reopen the book on their popular faerie setting with this slim but entertaining meta-story, kicking off the spin-off series, Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles. Nick Vargas is in a serious funk after the death of his mother, and it's only made worse when his father remarries and he ends up with a new sister, Laurie (who "seemed to be proud to be the lamest person alive"). Laurie is obsessed with faeries, thanks to her well-worn copy of Black and DiTerlizzi's Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. Nick doesn't believe they are real, of course, until he picks up a four-leaf clover-and spies a wounded nixie in his yard. The new siblings help the nixie, Taloa, back to the water, and promise to help her find her missing sisters. In their search they find the bodies of three nixies-and a fire-breathing dirt giant that appears to be responsible both for the nixies' deaths and the destruction of a large section of the woods. Stumped about how to defeat the giant, they head to a book signing where they meet Black and DiTerlizzi (who turn out to be utterly unhelpful). In a fortunate twist, however, they meet Jared and Simon, the original series' protagonists, who prove more than willing to help. The illustrations are as charming as always, and the text zips along; Black manages to carefully balance the terror of having a dirt giant threaten your house and the equally horrible prospect of having to share a bedroom with a girl. Ages 7-up. (Sept.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

School Library Journal Review

Gr 3-6-Nick Vargas, still trying to "not be a bother" to his dad after the death of his mother, is coming to terms with his father's remarriage to Charlene and adoption of her daughter, Laurie, who is fascinated by fairies. They live in a Florida housing development that Nick's dad is building on the edge of a forest. Laurie is constantly bothering Nick with stories of the fairy world and even has her own copy of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You. While reluctantly giving Laurie a tour of the area, Nick accidentally acquires the Sight and later sees what turns out to be an injured nixie (water sprite) on their lawn. They help get her back to water and later promise to help find her lost sisters, more of an adventure than Nick or Laurie ever anticipated. Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black's first title (S & S, 2007) in this new series carries on even more darkly the drama and adventure of human/fairy interaction as experienced in the "Spiderwick Chronicles." Some of the main characters from that series appear briefly in this tale, but Nixie's Song can stand on its own. Andrew McCarthy's narration is adequate but not animated. The sound effects are not memorable, and the music transitions between chapters are too long and loud. Despite a hurried plot, underdeveloped characters and setting, and some unnecessary problematic language, the story will interest those familiar with the original series as well as Harry Potter fans.-Jill Q. Altman, Saluda Primary School, SC (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Booklist Review

Fans of The Spiderwick Chronicles, rejoice! The saga continues, brimming with the same sly humor and old-fashioned design that marked the original series. This time around the protagonist is Nick, a nice boy whose world implodes when his father remarries and he must give up his bedroom to his new stepsister, Laurie, the biggest, weirdest loser he'd ever met. Laurie arrives in a jingling skirt, toting boxes labeled unicorns and fairies and a copy of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Soon enough, Laurie and Nick find themselves face to face with a real faerie: a water nixie who demands that they find her missing sisters. The search naturally involves great danger and disengaged adults, and ends with a teaser for book two (of a planned three). The authors have great fun at their own expense, making a brief appearance in Chapter 7, in which we nearly break the fourth wall. Fans of the earlier books will find much to enjoy in this new adventure, including a hidden message from the nixie on the back cover.--Harold, Suzanne Copyright 2007 Booklist