BEYOND THE SPIDERWICK CHRONICLES: A GIANT PROBLEM by TONY DiTERLIZZI and HOLLY BLACK.
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 at home playing video games and this would be someone else's giant problem.
...... Outer back cover.
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1): Nicholas Vargas had never been all that good at sports.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 98): "He's been getting you pulled into his stories, hasn't he? Got you stabbing rocks and hills, telling you they're giants. I remember how magical it all seemed. Like we were heroes. You feel something like that?"
KEEP IT OR NOT?: A library book, I have no intention of buying a copy.
A quick read (it took me just over an hour to read) I have to admit that I didn't really enjoy the story though I found the illustrations wonderful.
Not a story that reads at all well as a stand-alone, this obviously follows on from the previous books, not too mention the several 'guide'/note books that seem to accompany the series, and as such I felt that I was missing out on a lot of the background information and experiences of the characters which greatly marred my enjoyment.
To give the author credit though, his last sentence really caused me to hold my breath and almost (for a split second) had me wanting to read the next book.