The Ironwood Tree

The Ironwood Tree

Book - 2004
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First a pack of vile, smelly goblins snatch Simon. Then a band of elves try to entrap Jared. Why is the entire faerie world so eager to get their hands on Spiderwick's Guide? And will the Grace kids be left alone, now that the Guide has mysteriously disappeared? Don't count on it.
At school, someone is running around pretending to be Jared, and it's not Simon. To make matters even worse, now Mallory has disappeared and something foul in the water is killing off all the plants and animals for miles around. Clues point to the old abandoned quarry, just outside of town. Dwarves have taken over an abandoned mine there. And the faerie world's abuzz with the news that a creature with plans to rule the world has offered them a gift to join with him -- he's given them a queen...
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, c2004
Characteristics: 111 p. : ill. (some col.), map ; 18 cm
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780689859397


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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: [reading Arthur Spiderwick's book] What the hell.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: Vengeance or death!... Hopefully vengeance.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: What happens when Mulgarath gets the book?
Thimbletack: I die. You die. We all die. Bye-bye.
Mallory Grace: [turns to Jared; voice quavering slightly] What does he mean, 'we all die'?
Jared Grace: I think he means... we all die.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Aunt Lucinda Spiderwick: [showing scars on forearm] If they say 'suicide' and you say 'goblins', this place is where they put you.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: [as the griffin is soaring far overhead] Fly as you want. Griffin! I swallowed an ogre whole. You could be next!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Hogsqueal: Bird!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Simon Grace: [refusing to help Mallory attack Jared] I'm a pacifist.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Mallory Grace: Thanks, Spock, you're the pride of the Federation.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Tow Truck Driver: [after running over an invisible monster] Did I hit someone?
Jared Grace: Yes! Thank you!

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

Jared Grace: Why can't I see you?
Thimbletack: You don't see us, now you do, but only if we want you to.


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Jul 10, 2017

Amazing book, I have found a second series.

Jul 28, 2016

this is a good, adventurous book.

Jul 11, 2014

Good book

Mar 19, 2014

i love this series, i coulden't stop flipping through the pages. I was so upset that the series

Aug 22, 2012

Just as curious and exciting as ever, the world of Jared and the gang has pulled me in yet again. They have reached new heights of adventure and of course danger in this, the penultimate book of the series.

SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

amazing and full of mystical adventures!

Aug 30, 2011

Great! So sad when I finished books. I recomend the Spiderwick books for year 4, 5, and maybe grade 6. A mystery on every page...

Mar 28, 2008

Great story, but it should be read with an adult for younger children. These creatures can be mean and nasty.

Oct 24, 2007

A great series for young readers as the stories aren't too long, and there are just five books in the series. Allows young readers a sense of accomplishment as each book, and then the series is finished. Fun for parents too!


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RobertELPL Mar 04, 2017

RobertELPL thinks this title is suitable for 9 years and over

Aug 22, 2012

bannierj thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 9 and 13

Mar 28, 2008

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SAPPHIREBEAR15 Jul 02, 2012

The family attends Mallory's fencing contest at school. During the contest, Jared finds a boy identical to him going through Mallory's bag. He transforms into a smaller kid when Jared attempts to scare him with his knife. When Jared and Simon discover that Mallory has disappeared, they search for her in an abandoned quarry, but wind up being kept prisoner by dwarves. Mallory is revealed to be sleeping in a glass-coffin dressed in medieval garb (similarly to Snow White), with the dwarves saying she is now immortal, so long as she stays in the coffin. Escaping their cage, the twins free Mallory and meet a strange creature, called a Knocker, who tells them the way out by listening to the stones. They next see a huge metal tree, made by the dwarves, the Ironwood Tree. After a narrow escape from the dwarves' mechanical dogs, they make their way out of the tunnel but have to hide before leaving. They secretly watch Mulgarath, a hideous ogre who wants to rule the world, callously order the death of the dwarves for having been tricked into not getting the Field Guide from Jared. The dwarves are mauled to death by the goblins and Mulgarath reveals that he had the Guide the whole time. The siblings escape just after Mulgarath leaves with his goblins and the weapons made by the dwarves


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