Holly Black

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Extracted from Holly Black's website:

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children.

Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 by Simon & Schuster. Holly collaborated with her long-time friend, Caldecott award winning artist, Tony DiTerlizzi, to create the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles. The first two books, The Field Guide and The Seeing Stone were released together in 2003 by Simon & Schuster, with the next three, Lucinda's Secret (2003), The Ironwood Tree (2004) and The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004), following in rapid succession.

The Spiderwick Chronicles were adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with Nickelodeon Films. Released in February 2008, the film stars Freddie Highmore and Sarah Bolger, with Mark Waters as the director.

Holly has also been a frequent contributor to anthologies, and has co-edited three of them: Geektastic (with Cecil Castellucci, 2009), Zombies vs. Unicorns (with Justine Larbalestier, 2010), and Bordertown (with Ellen Kushner, 2011). Her first collection of short fiction, Poison Eaters and Other Stories, came out in 2010 from Small Beer Press. She has just finished the third book in her Eisner-nominated graphic novel series, The Good Neighbors, and is working on Red Glove, the second novel in The Curse Workers series. White Cat, the first in the series, is out as of May 2010, and is about capers, curse magic, and memory.

Holly lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Theo, in a house with a secret library.

Holly Black books reviewed


  • The Good Neighbors Book 3, Kind ( 2010)
  • Zombies vs. Unicorns Ed. with Justine Larbalestier (2010)
    I’m sure you’re familiar with this typical family dinner scenario: everyone is seated around the table and Grampa- like Grampa always does- turns a perfectly pleasant conversation into a tirade about how under-appreciated unicorns are in modern society because of these gosh-darn kids and their obsession with brain-eating schmucks. Then your mother, a staunch zombie supporter since Night of the Living Dead, slams the meatloaf down on the table and storms out of the room, while everyone else wearily returns to their peas and carrots. Oh wait, your family never does that? And you’ve never heard of the Zombies vs. Unicorns debate? Well, here’s your chance…
  • Curse Workers, Book 1, The White Cat (2010)
  • The Good Neighbors Book 3, Kind (2010)
  • The Poison Eaters and Other Stories (2010)
  • The Good Neighbors Book 2, Kith (2009)
  • Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Book 3: The Wyrm King (2009)
  • Geektastic: Stories from the Nerd Herd. Ed. with Cecil Castellucci (2009)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles: The Completely Fantastical Edition (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors Book 2, Kith (2009)
  • The Good Neighbors Book 1, Kin (2008)
  • Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2, A Giant Problem (2008)
  • Beyond the Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1, The Nixie's Song (2007)
  • Ironside: A Modern Faerie's Tale (2007)
  • Valiant: A Modern Tale of Faerie (2005)
  • Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to the Fantastical World Around You (2008)
  • The Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006)
  • Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles: Boxed Set (2004)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 5, The Wrath of Mulgarath (2004)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 4, The Ironwood Tree (2004)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 3, Lucinda's Secret (2003)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 2, The Seeing Stone (2003)
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles Book 1, The Field Guide (2003)
  • Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale (2002)

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