The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Field Guide Book Summary and Study Guide

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Everything changed for the Grace children after their mother and father divorced. Leaving their tiny New York apartment to move into their Aunt Lucinda's creepy Victorian mansion was not what Jared Grace considered a good change, but no one asked his opinion. His mother said it was for the best because Jared had broken a classmate's nose at his old school and would have been expelled if they hadn't been moving. She also told Jared that he needed to find a way to deal with his anger like his siblings. His older sister Mallory dealt with it by focusing on her fencing and his twin brother Simon dealt with it by making new pets. Jared didn't have any hobbies and usually ended up spending time alone.
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Jared tried to make the best of his new home, but it was really creepy. It sounded like there was a squirrel trapped in the walls, too. When Jared, Mallory and Simon followed the sounds in the walls, they found a little nest of strange objects and decorations. They figured that if they got rid of the nest, the pesky squirrel would leave too. Only it wasn't a squirrel, as they found out when Mallory woke up the next morning with her hair tied to the bedposts. The next morning Simon found his new tadpoles frozen in the ice cube trays and the kitchen covered in trash. Everyone blamed Jared, even though he told them over and over again that it wasn't him.

Frustrated and alone, Jared decided that a riddle he found in the old library had to solve his problem and prove that he wasn't doing these pranks. Jared solved the riddle and triumphantly told Mallory and Simon that it wasn't a squirrel in their walls, but a boggart - a type of fairie - according to the book that he found, The Field Guide. What he didn't know was solving the first riddle was just the beginning of their problems.

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 20%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 20%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 20% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy story on current Earth Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) Horror story?    -   Yes Horror plotlets    -   the haunted house chased me!

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   student Age:    -   a kid


Earth setting:    -   current (early 21st century) Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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