Love is dangerous and trust is priceless in Holly Black's "powerful, edgy dark" fantasy series (Publishers Weekly).Cassel Sharpe knows he's been used as an assassin, but he's trying to put all that behind him. He's trying to be good, even though he grew up in a family of con artists and cheating comes as easily as breathing to him. He's trying to do the right thing, even though the girl he loves is inextricably connected with crime. And he's trying to convince himself that working for the Feds is smart, even though he's been raised to believe the government is the enemy.But with a mother on the lam, the girl he loves about to take her place in the Mob, and new secrets coming to light, the line between what's right and what's wrong becomes increasingly blurred. When the Feds ask Cassel to do the one thing he said he would never do again, he needs to sort out what's a con and what's truth. In a dangerous game and with his life on the line, Cassel may have to make his biggest gamble yet--this time on love.Dark, disturbing fare, crafted by a master; readers of the trilogy's first will be supremely satisfied." --Kirkus Reviews, on Red Glove"The Curse Workers series continues to offer a sleek and stylish blend of urban fantasy and crime noir." --Booklist, on Red Glove
Got Sprites? Many would have you believe that sprites (or "fairies" as they're often called) are sweet and pretty and ultimately peaceful creatures. But don't let the carefree nature of these dazzling beguilers fool you. Because while they do make for awesome pets (or, if you prefer, companions), these are not creatures to be handled lightly. So forget everything you know -- or think you know -- about sprites, and listen to the experts from the International Sprite League as they, with the assistance of the creative team that brought you the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles, provide a resource that will prove to be as essential for the novice sprite keeper as a strong cage and eyes in the back of his or her head.
Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.The Coldest Girl in Coldtown is a wholly original story of rage and revenge, of guilt and horror, and of love and loathing from bestselling and acclaimed author Holly Black.
A doll that may be haunted leads three friends on a thrilling adventure in this delightfully creepy novel from the New York Times bestselling cocreator of the Spiderwick Chronicles. Zach, Poppy, and Alice have been friends forever. And for almost as long, they've been playing one continuous, ever-changing game of pirates and thieves, mermaids and warriors. Ruling over all is the Great Queen, a bone-china doll cursing those who displease her. But they are in middle school now. Zach's father pushes him to give up make-believe, and Zach quits the game. Their friendship might be over, until Poppy declares she's been having dreams about the Queen--and the ghost of a girl who will not rest until the bone-china doll is buried in her empty grave. Zach and Alice and Poppy set off on one last adventure to lay the Queen's ghost to rest. But nothing goes according to plan, and as their adventure turns into an epic journey, creepy things begin to happen. Is the doll just a doll or something more sinister? And if there really is a ghost, will it let them go now that it has them in its clutches?
In this first book in a series of five, we meet 13 year old Mallory and her 9 year old twin brothers Simon and Jared. They are moving in to their aunt's huge but falling apart old house with their mom after her divorce. Jared has been fighting at school since his father left, so when his sister and brother wake up bruised, his twin's tadpoles are found frozen in the ice cube tray, and the kitchen is wrecked with broken dishes and eggs and spilled cereal, milk and flour everywhere, mom blames Jared. The children thought mice were making the scuttling sounds they heard in the walls, but when they investigate, they find a nest of junk, a hidden library, and an old book about faeries which suggests the hidden creature is far more dangerous than mice. The children quarrel like most brothers and sisters, but they also cooperate to discover the secrets of the old house. Along with the solution to the mystery, they get a warning; "'Throw the book away, toss it in a fire. If you do not heed, you will draw their ire.'" What new dangers will they face? Find out in the exciting sequel, The Seeing Stone.
No es agradable despertar a medianoche en el tejado del internado en calzonzillos sin entender cómo has podido llegar hasta allí... solo recuerdas que estabas soñando con una gata blanca.No es agradable que tus compañeros de colegio te graven con sus móviles y sospechar que dentro de poco aparecerás en YouTube.No es agradable que te expulsen temporalmente por lo ocurrido, aunque no tengas ninguna culpa.Pero lo que no es nada, nada agradable es saber que mañana estarás con tu familia en casa, donde ser un chico de diecisiete años bastante normal es, precisamente, lo raro.
Acclaimed authors Holly Black (Ironside)and Cecil Castellucci (Boy Proof) have united in geekdom to edit short stories from some of the best selling and most promising geeks in young adult literature: M.T. Anderson, Libba Bray, Cassandra Clare, Tracy Lynn, Cynthia and Greg Leitich Smith, David Levithan, Kelly Link, Barry Lyga, Wendy Mass, Garth Nix, Scott Westerfield, Lisa Yee, and Sara Zarr. With illustrated interstitials from comic book artists Hope Larson and Bryan Lee O'Malley, Geektastic covers all things geeky, from Klingons and Jedi Knights to fan fiction, theater geeks, and cosplayers. Whether you're a former, current, or future geek, or if you just want to get in touch with your inner geek, Geektastic will help you get your geek on!
Talk about out of the frying pan, into the fire! I was pretty sure that my freaky stepsister and that freaky field guide of hers would ruin my life. But now it looks like they're going to ruin all of Florida, too! Okay, maybe that's not fair. Maybe all these stupid giants would be waking up anyway, but if it wasn't for her and that book, I'd be home playing video games and this would be someone else's giant problem!
In Tithe, sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she drifts from place to place with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient and violent power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms--a struggle that could very well mean her death. In Valiant, the companion to Tithe, seventeen-year-old Valerie runs away to New York City, trying to escape a life that has utterly betrayed her. Sporting a new identity, she takes up with a gang of squatters who live in the city's labyrinthine subway system. But there's something eerily beguiling about Val's new friends. When one talks Val into tracking down the lair of a mysterious creature, Val finds herself torn between her affection for an honorable monster and her fear of what her new friends are becoming. In Ironside, the sequel to Tithe, the time has come for Roiben's coronation. Uneasy in the midst of the malevolent Unseelie Court, pixie Kaye is sure of only one thing--her love for Roiben. But when Kaye drunkenly declares herself to Roiben, he sends her on a seemingly impossible quest to find a faerie who can tell a lie. Unable to see Roiben until she has fulfilled his quest, Kaye finds herself in the center of the battle of wits and weapons being waged over his throne.
Holly Black's long-awaited sequel to Tithe sees Roiben uneasy on the Unseelie throne, his tenuous hold on his subjects compounded by his relationship with a commoner -- and one raised as a human to boot. Then Kaye, drunk on faerie wine and goaded by malicious ill-wishers, makes a passionate declaration -- in public -- which makes their situation immeasurably worse. Because of it Roiben must set her a task which she must complete to show that she is worthy to be his consort. The quest he gives her, however, is an impossible one: to find him a faery who can lie. Devastated as she is by his rejection, belonging neither in Faerie nor the human world -- Ironside -- Kaye is not the only one in trouble. Corny too has acted rashly and has to face some harsh and unpleasant consequences when he is cursed so that every thing he touches decays and dies. Together they set out to seek an answer and a cure, and both find more than they bargain for. Corny finds a soulmate in the mysterious and taciturn Luis -- whom he dare not touch -- but Kaye uncovers a plot to destroy Roiben once and for all by an act of exquisite cruelty and revenge. A plot hatched not in the twisted heart of the Unseelie Court but by the Seelie Queen herself: the bright star, Silarial, to whom Roiben in turn had once declared his love. Love and hate and good and evil are only sides of the same coin. But which is which and how fine is the line that lies between them?
Sequel to Tithe. As the possessor of Roiben's true name, 16-year-old Kaye returns to Faeryland to try to complete a nearly impossible quest that will release Roiben from the spell of the faery queen who holds him in thrall.
A nasty shape shifter is impersonating Jared and will get him in the worst trouble of his life for threatening a little boy with a knife at school and Mom is even more upset because Simon is trying to protect his twin and Mallory is missing after her first fencing match with a coach who won't look at her. The magic folk will do anything to get the Field Guide back from the Grace children including kidnapping Mallory. Simon and Jared set out with a daring plan to bargain for her return. First they must survive a dangerous climb down the steep sides of a rock quarry at night. It's going to take fast thinking and courage from the twins to find an entry in to the realm of the dwarves, to rescue Mallory who looks frozen in death and to escape from the underground tunnels and caves. The Dwarf King plans to join his army with an army of goblins to help an ogre take over the world, an Ogre who wants Mallory to become his queen. Even if the children escape with the help of a creature who can hear the rocks talking, they will witness more violence than they can bear. If they survive the clash of two evil armies, in this exciting fourth book of The Spiderwick Chronicles, they will still be in more danger than they can face by themselves. Book 5 in this series holds the answer to whether Jared will be forced to leave his brother and sister to live with his father because of his behavior problems at school. Read on to see if the Grace Children can convince Mom to help them. Can they overcome a murderous army of evil beings, and keep the magical friends they've made? Will they be able to live safely, peacefully and happily in Aunt Lucinda's house?
An angry Thimbletack is out to get Jared, knotting his shoelaces together so he falls down and making the tap water burn like fire. It's dangerous to keep Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide, but Jared is afraid they'll need it to know how to deal with the magical creatures who live in and about their house. They've never met their old Aunt Lucinda who lives in a nursing home, but since it was her father who wrote the Field Guide and drew its pictures the 3 children decide their aunt is the only one who can help them. Aunt Lucinda has some sad secrets and the children are shocked to find her life depends on magic and tiny flying beings. They also learn she knows how it feels for a father to suddenly leave his family. In hopes of discovering why Arthur Spiderwick disappeared long ago, Mallory, Simon, and Jared meet more magical creatures including a unicorn. Then one of the twins is captured by elves. Will he be trapped in their realm forever? This is the third exciting Spiderwick fantasy.
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.
In the final installment of Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles, Nick and Laurie had thought they solved their giant problems when they drove all the giants into the sea. But now, the Grace kids have come back to tell them they may have more trouble coming their way! It turns out the giants control the population of Hydra, a dragon like creature that is creating sinkholes all over Florida. But with the mermaids refusing to return the giants to the shore, the nixie's still missing and the threat of a destroyed Florida drawing closer, the kids have to take matters in their own hands. Will Nick and Laurie be able to stop the destruction they unwittingly caused? Can a new giant hunter help save the day? Can Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide help them out of this or are they on their own? Find out in the final conclusion of the Spiderwick saga!
A collection of fantasy stories from bestselling author Holly Black.
Curses and cons. Magic and the mob. In Cassel Sharpe's world, they go together. Cassel always thought he was an ordinary guy, until he realized his memories were being manipulated by his brothers. Now he knows the truth--he's the most powerful curse worker around. A touch of his hand can transform anything--or anyone--into something else. That was how Lila, the girl he loved, became a white cat. Cassel was tricked into thinking he killed her, when actually he tried to save her. Now that she's human again, he should be overjoyed. Trouble is, Lila's now been cursed to love him. And if Lila's love is as phony as Cassel's made-up memories, then he can't believe anything she says or does. When Cassel's oldest brother is murdered, the Feds recruit Cassel to help solve the crime. But the mob is after him too--they know how valuable he could be. Cassel is going to have to stay one step ahead of both sides just to survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone--least of all, himself?survive. But where can he turn when he can't trust anyone--least of all, himself?Love is a curse and the con is the only answer in a game too dangerous to lose.
Thanks to the mysterious field guide left behind by their long-lost great-great-uncle Arthur Spiderwick, life for the Grace kids--Jared, Simon, and Mallory--is beyond weird. When Simon goes missing, Jared is convinced creatures from the faerie world have something to do with it. Mallory is not convinced. That is, until she and Jared have to contend with a band of menacing, marauding goblins. Simon is clearly in danger, and it's up to Mallory and Simon to save him, before it's too late...
Can't get enough of the faerie world? Well, Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black, the brave souls that helped Mallory, Simon, and Jared Grace bring their amazing adventures to a worldwide audience, are here to help you find yours! Presenting The Spiderwick Chronicles Notebook for Fantastical Observations. This handy interactive storybook features seventeen mini-adventures collected from faerie watchers around the globe as well as plenty of pages for readers to add their own stories, maps, charts, notes, lists, diagrams, and drawings. So get ready to embark on your own faerie adventure -- all you need is an observant eye and an open mind. Just keep your wits about you. After all... their world is closer than you think....
SWASHBUCKLING FANTASY features excerpts from 10 series by bestselling and critically acclaimed authors such as Margaret Petersen Haddix, author of the Shadow Children series, D.J. MacHale, author of the Pendragon series, Scott Westerfeld, author of Uglies and Holly Black, author of Valiant. This online sampler also highlights six debut series from rising stars in fantasy, including Kai Meyer, Jane Johnson and Obert Skye. This fantasy sampler is the perfect way to introduce middle grade through teen readers to alternate worlds, distant pasts and fantastic creatures! Don't miss out on any of our amazing fantasy titles! Please visit www.SimonSaysKids.com or www.SimonSaysTEEN.com for more information.
Welcome to the realm of very scary faeries!Sixteen-year-old Kaye is a modern nomad. Fierce and independent, she travels from city to city with her mother's rock band until an ominous attack forces Kaye back to her childhood home. There, amid the industrial, blue-collar New Jersey backdrop, Kaye soon finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms -- a struggle that could very well mean her death.
When seventeen-year-old Valerie Russell discovers her boyfriend is secretly screwing her mother, her life falls apart. Betrayed and angry, she flees to New York City, where she takes up with a feral trio who have made their home in a network of abandoned subway tunnels. She finds their friendship eerily beguiling, as they drag her deeper into their damaged world. Impulsive Lolli talks of monsters in the subway and shoots up a shimmery amber-coloured powder that makes the shadows around her dance. Severe Luis claims he can make deals with creatures no one else can see. And then there is Dave, Luis's brother, who makes the mistake of letting Val tag along as he makes a delivery to a woman who turns out to have goat hooves instead of feet. For other exiles inhabit the hidden corners of the city -- isolated fey who have offended their Courts and been sentenced to live out their banishment surrounded by the stench of iron and steel. Ravus the troll is one such, and when Lolli unwisely steals from him, Val becomes bound to his service in recompense. But as he begins to unbend to her, she realises that beneath his embittered exterior there beats a lonely and vulnerable heart. And when an old enemy threatens him, and with him their fragile and blossoming relationship, Val's fierce certainty propels her beyond fear and into the dark depths of the Night Court -- where no price is too high for her to save him.
Bordertown: a city on the border between our human world and the elfin realm. Runaway teens come from both sides of the border to find adventure, to find themselves. Elves play in rock bands and race down the street on spell-powered motorbikes. Human kids recreate themselves in the squats and clubs and artists' studios of Soho. Terri Windling's original Bordertown series was the forerunner of today's urban fantasy, introducing authors that included Charles de Lint, Will Shetterly, Emma Bull, and Ellen Kushner. In this volume of all-new work (including a 15-page graphic story), the original writers are now joined by the generation that grew up dreaming of Bordertown, including acclaimed authors Holly Black, Cassandra Clare, Cory Doctorow, Neil Gaiman, Catherynne M. Valente, and many more. They all meet here on the streets of Bordertown in more than twenty new interconnected songs, poems, and stories.
Cassel comes from a shady, magical family of con artists and grifters. He doesn't fit in at home or at school, so he's used to feeling like an outsider. He's also used to feeling guilty--he killed his best friend, Lila, years ago.But when Cassel begins to have strange dreams about a white cat, and people around him are losing their memories, he starts to wonder what really happened to Lila. In his search for answers, he discovers a wicked plot for power that seems certain to succeed. But Cassel has other ideas--and a plan to con the conmen.con the conmen. Holly Black has created a gripping tale of mobsters and dark magic where a single touch can bring love -- or death -- and your dreams might be more real than your memories.
Bruised and battered, Jared , Simon, and Mallory return home to find the mansion ransacked and learn that Mulgarath has made off with both the Spiderwick Guide and their mother! With only the help of Thimbletack, Hogsqueal, and Byron, the Grace kids have to defeat Mulgarath and his goblin army. But before they can face Mulgarath, they'll have to rescue Arthur Spiderwick from Lorengorm and the elves.
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