Holly Black - Author

About the Author

Holly Black is the bestselling author of contemporary fantasy novels for teens and children. Born in New Jersey in 1971, Holly grew up in a decrepit Victorian house piled with books and oddments. After graduating from The College of New Jersey in 1995, Holly worked as a production editor on medical journals and attended graduate school at Rutgers University in pursuit of a Masters in Library Science.

Her first book, Tithe: A Modern Faerie Tale, was published in 2002 by Simon & Schuster. Tithe was called "dark, edgy, beautifully written and compulsively readable" by Booklist, received starred reviews from Publisher's Weekly and Kirkus Reviews, and was included in the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults. Holly has since written two other books in the same universe, Valiant (2005), and the sequel to Tithe, Ironside (2007). Valiant was recorded as an unabridged audiobook by Renee Raudman for Listening Library, was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award for Young Readers and the recipient of the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Young Adult Literature.

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 Wrath of Mulgarath climbed to #1 on the New York Times bestseller list. The five-book serial has been called "vintage Victorian fantasy" by the New York Post and Time Magazine reported that "the books wallow in their dusty Olde Worlde charm." The chapter books were recorded as an audiobook by Mark Hamill for Listening Library.

The lavishly illustrated Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide to The Fantastical World Around You (2005), The Notebook for Fantastical Observations (2005), and Care and Feeding of Sprites (2006) expanded the Spiderwick universe. To date, the books have been translated into 32 languages. Three more Spiderwick chapter books are planned, with the first one expected to be released in Fall of 2007.

The Spiderwick Chronicles are being adapted into a film by Paramount Pictures in conjunction with Nickelodeon Films starring Freddie Highmore and Sarah Bolger with Mark Waters as the director.

Featured books by Holly Black

Doll Bones

Doll Bones

9+ readers 11+ readers

Author: Holly Black Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/05/2013

Zach, Poppy and Alice have been friends for ever. They love playing with their action figure toys, imagining a magical world of adventure and heroism. But disaster strikes when, without warning, Zach's father throws out all his toys, declaring he's too old for them. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black.

Other books by Holly Black

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

The Wicked King (The Folk of the Air #2)

Author: Holly Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 08/01/2019

Number 1 New York Times bestseller. An intoxicating and bloodthirsty sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Cruel Prince., nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 'Holly Black is the Faerie Queen' - Victoria Aveyard I have heard that for mortals, the feeling of falling in love is very like the feeling of fear. Jude has tricked Cardan onto the throne, binding him to her for a year and a day. But the new High King does everything in his power to humiliate and undermine her, even as his fascination with her remains undimmed. Meanwhile, a traitor in the court is scheming against her. Jude must fight for her life and the lives of those she loves, all while battling her own complicated feelings for Cardan. Now a year and a day seems like no time at all . . .

The Wrath of Mulgarath

The Wrath of Mulgarath

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Prepare to enter the magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the bestselling series from Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black! Now reissued in beautiful hardback editions, perfect for fans of the series as well as a new generation of readers. Having only narrowly managed to escape the clutches of the faerie world, the Grace children, Jared, Simon and Mallory, return home to find it has been ransacked by the evil creature Mulgarath in his search for Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. Not only is the precious guide now missing, so is the children's mother... With the help of some friendly faces in the magical world, the children now have to work out how to find Mulgarath, the guide and, most importantly, save their mother from the faerie world before it's too late...

The Ironwood Tree

The Ironwood Tree

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/09/2018

Prepare to enter the magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the bestselling series from Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black! Now reissued in beautiful hardback editions, perfect for fans of the series as well as a new generation of readers. With the disappearance of Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide, the Grace children were hoping the faerie world would finally leave them alone. But then a pack of smelly goblins snatch Simon and a band of elves try to entrap Jared and it's clear that the magical creatures are still keeping an eye on the three siblings. So when the children notice unusual activity near the abandoned quarry just outside of town, they decide to investigate only to discover a creature with plans to rule the faerie world ... whatever the cost ...

Magisterium: The Golden Tower

Magisterium: The Golden Tower

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 13/09/2018

The final, thrilling instalment in this extraordinary series from bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare. A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle. It came at a cost. Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet . . .

Magisterium: The Golden Tower

Magisterium: The Golden Tower

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 13/09/2018

Penguin presents the audiobook edition of The Golden Tower by Holly Black and Cassandra Clare, read by Paul Boehmer. A generation ago, powerful mage Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.Facing up to what he is, Callum has battled chaos and evil across four years of magical training at the Magisterium, eventually defeating the armies of chaos in an epic battle.It came at a cost.Now, triumphant and heartbroken, Callum Hunt has just about had enough, and is ready to complete his training. But the evil Callum faced has not given up just yet . . .

Lucinda's Secret

Lucinda's Secret

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/06/2018

Prepare to enter the magical world of The Spiderwick Chronicles, the bestselling series from Tony DiTerlizzi and Holly Black! Now reissued in beautiful hardback editions, perfect for fans of the series as well as a new generation of readers. Things at the Spiderwick estate are out of control. As if being attacked by goblins and a bridge troll wasn't enough, now the house boggart, Thimbletack, is out to get Jared. Meanwhile, Simon has a very hungry griffon recuperating in the carriage house, and Mallory is convinced that the only way to stop the madness is to destroy Arthur Spiderwick's Field Guide. But with all kinds of creatures after them, the Guide seems to be the only protection the Grace kids have. If they could just figure out the faeries want it so badly...

Magisterium : N(deg) 4 - Le masque d'argent

Magisterium : N(deg) 4 - Le masque d'argent

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 01/03/2018

See below for English translation.Le feu aspire à brûler, l'eau aspire à couler, l'air aspire à s'élever, la terre aspire à souder et le chaos aspire à engloutir.Cal aspire à vivre. Mais maintenant que la vérité a éclaté et que tout le monde sait que l'ennemi de la mort sommeille en Cal, celui-ci devra fuir s'il veut survivre. Enfermé au Panopticon, inlassablement interrogé et sous surveillance accrue, ses chances de s'évader et de retrouver Carnage et Tamara s'amenuisent de jour en jour…Une fois de plus, le bien et le mal s'entremêleront jusqu'à être indissociables.Ce quatrième tome de la série lève le voile sur les questions qui tenaillent les admirateurs assidus depuis plusieurs mois. A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt.Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium. As a result, he's been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to — and how he lives on...Will Call escape, and if so, what will he do with his power? In this spellbinding fourth book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take us beyond the realm of the living and into the dangers of the dead.Original title: Magisterium 4: The Silver Mask

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)

The Cruel Prince (The Folk of the Air)

Author: Holly Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/01/2018

A dark jewel of a book . . . intoxicating - Leigh Bardugo, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Six of Crows Nominated for the CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL 2019 Of course I want to be like them. They're beautiful as blades forged in some divine fire. They will live forever. And Cardan is even more beautiful than the rest. I hate him more than all the others. I hate him so much that sometimes when I look at him, I can hardly breathe. One terrible morning, Jude and her sisters see their parents murdered in front of them. The terrifying assassin abducts all three girls to the world of Faerie, where Jude is installed in the royal court but mocked and tormented by the Faerie royalty for being mortal. As Jude grows older, she realises that she will need to take part in the dangerous deceptions of the fey to ever truly belong. But the stairway to power is fraught with shadows and betrayal. And looming over all is the infuriating, arrogant and charismatic Prince Cardan . . . Dramatic and thrilling fantasy blends seamlessly with enthralling storytelling to create a fully realised and seductive world, brimful of magic and romance.

Magisterium: The Bronze Key

Magisterium: The Bronze Key

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Magisterium: The Bronze Key by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, read by Paul Boehmer.Magic can save youMagic can kill youIt should be a time of celebration. The Enemy of Death is dead; a severed head proof of his downfall. The magical world has no reason to believe otherwise, and Callum, Tamara and Aaron are celebrated as heroes.But at a party held in their honour, things go horribly, brutally wrong. A fellow student is callously murdered, and it seems Call's worst fears are confirmed: there is a spy in the Magisterium.No one is safe.Now, using the powerful magic they've been taught, the trio must risk their lives to track down the killer. But magic is dangerous - in the wrong hands it could bring terrible destruction. And reveal the deadliest secret of all . . .

Magisterium: The Silver Mask

Magisterium: The Silver Mask

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 12/10/2017

Random House presents the audiobook edition of Magisterium: The Silver Mask by Cassandra Clare and Holly Black, read by Paul Boehmer.Callum Hunt's life has fallen apart.His friend is gone. The spy has escaped. His secret is out.He is facing an existence behind bars, banished from the rest of the magical community for what he is - for what he might become.But a shocking revelation has promised freedom - at a cost. Will he stay strong, and faithful to his friends and teachers? Or take the risk, and destroy everything he's ever loved?This fourth year at the Magisterium will be unlike anything else that has gone before . . . 'I can't wait to read more of this series!' - Rick Riordan

Silver Mask

Silver Mask

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 29/08/2017

Power over death is the ultimate power. A generation ago, Constantine Madden came close to achieving what no magician had ever achieved: the ability to bring back the dead. He didn't succeed . . . but he did find a way to keep himself alive, inside a young child named Callum Hunt. Now Call is one of the most feared and reviled students in the history of the Magisterium, thought to be responsible for a devastating death and an ever-present threat of war. As a result, Call has been imprisoned and interrogated. Everyone wants to know what Constantine was up to and how he lives on. But Call has no idea. It is only when he's broken out of prison that the full potential of Constantine's plan is suddenly in his hands . . . and he must decide what to do with his power. In this spellbinding fourth book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take us beyond the realm of the living and into the dangers of the dead.

Magisterium : N(deg) 3 - La cle de bronze

Magisterium : N(deg) 3 - La cle de bronze

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 27/12/2016

See below for English description.Les eleves du Magisterium ont toujours ete en securite. Sous l'oeil vigilant des magiciens, ils apprennent a utiliser la magie pour remettre l'ordre dans un monde chaotique.Mais le chaos reprend ses forces. Alors que Callum, Tamara et Aaron devraient se concentrer sur les examens et les concours de magie, ils se preoccupent plutot de traquer un meurtrier sinistre.Les trois amis apprendront que la magie est aussi bonne que la personne qui la manie. Entre mains malefiques, cette magie a la capacite de faire du tort immesurable. a moins qu'on l'arrete a temps.Le troisieme tome de la collection au palmares du New York Times ebranlera vos convictions sur le monde du bien et du mal. Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer.and risk their own lives in the process.As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harm-unless it is stopped in time.From Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes the third installment in the New York Times bestselling series that defies what you think you know about the worlds of good and evil.Original title: Magisterium #3: The Bronze Key

Bronze Key

Bronze Key

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 30/08/2016

Magic can save you. Magic can kill you.Students at the Magisterium are supposed to be safe. Under the watchful eyes of the mages, they are taught to use magic to bring order to a chaotic world.But now the chaos is fighting back. Call, Tamara, and Aaron should be worrying about things like pop quizzes and magic contests. Instead, after the shocking death of one of their classmates, they must track down a sinister killer . . . and risk their own lives in the process.As Call, Tamara, and Aaron discover, magic can only be as good as the person who wields it. In evil hands, it has the capacity to do immeasurable harmunless it is stopped in time.In this striking third book of Magisterium, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare present us with a school where anythinggood or evilcan happen, and the only way to unlock the truth is to risk everything to find it.From the Compact Disc edition.

Copper Gauntlet

Copper Gauntlet

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 01/09/2015

Callum Hunt's summer break isn't like other kids'. His closest companion is a Chaos-ridden wolf, Havoc. His father suspects him of being secretly evil. And, of course, most kids aren't heading back to the magical world of the Magisterium in the fall.It's not easy for Call . . . and it gets even harder after he checks out his basement and discovers that his dad might be trying to destroy both him and Havoc.Call escapes to the Magisterium -- but things only intensify there. The Alkahest -- a copper gauntlet capable of separating certain magicians from their magic -- has been stolen. And in their search to discover the culprit, Call and his friends Aaron and Tamara awaken the attention of some very dangerous foes -- and get closer to an even more dangerous truth.As the mysteries of the Magisterium deepen and widen, bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare take listeners on an extraordinary journey through one boy's conflict -- and a whole world's fate.

Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

Author: Holly Black Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2014

As the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor arrives on our TV screens, Puffin are publishing the twelfth instalment in its sensational series of Doctor Who eShorts! With 11 previous stories by some of the most exciting names in children's fiction, this Twelfth Doctor ebook is written by bestselling US author Holly Black.

Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

Doctor Who: Lights Out: Twelfth Doctor

Author: Holly Black Format: eBook Release Date: 23/10/2014

Penguin presents the unabridged, downloadable audiobook edition of Doctor Who: Lights Out read by Samuel Anderson. As the newly-regenerated Twelfth Doctor arrives on our TV screens, Puffin are publishing the twelfth instalment in its sensational series of Doctor Who eShorts! With 11 previous stories by some of the most exciting names in childrens fiction, this Twelfth Doctor ebook is written by bestselling US author Holly Black.

Iron Trial

Iron Trial

Author: Holly Black, Cassandra Clare Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

Most kids would do anything to pass the Iron Trial.Not Callum Hunt. He wants to fail.All his life, Call has been warned by his father to stay away from magic. If he succeeds at the Iron Trial and is admitted into the Magisterium, he is sure it can only mean bad things for him.So he tries his best to do his worst - and fails at failing.Now the Magisterium awaits him. It's a place that's both sensational and sinister, with dark ties to his past and a twisty path to his future.The Iron Trial is just the beginning, for the biggest test is still to come . . .From the remarkable imaginations of bestselling authors Holly Black and Cassandra Clare comes a heart-stopping, mind-blowing, pulse-pounding plunge into the magical unknown.

Doll Bones

Doll Bones

Author: Holly Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/02/2014

My name is Eleanor Kerchner. You can call me the Queen. I died in 1895. Now it's time to play. A chilling ghost story by the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles, Holly Black. Recipient of a Newbery Honor Award. An ALA Notable Book. A Kirkus Reviews Best Book. A School Library Journal Best Book. A Booklist Editor's Choice Books for Youth. A Publishers Weekly Best Children's Book. A 2013 Goodreads Choice award nominee. A People Magazine 'Best New Kids Book'.

Notebook for Fantastical Observations

Notebook for Fantastical Observations

Author: Holly Black Format: eBook Release Date: 11/12/2012

This will be a write-in book for fans of the bestselling Spiderwick series. There will be fifteen sections featuring text and illustrations about our favourite creatures from the first five books. The remainder of the book is write-in, for children to record their own sightings of these and other faerie creatures. In addition there will be two colour plate inserts. A proportion of the material will be re-use.

White Cat

White Cat

Author: Holly Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/02/2012

CASSEL IS CURSED Cursed by a memory. He murdered the girl he loved - and he doesn't remember why. In a world where magic is illegal and his family is branded criminal, Cassel doesn't fit in. He has no magical talent - just a gift for getting into trouble. Boarding school offers an escape, but then the dreams start. Dreams that drive him home to unravel his past. Dreams that force him to confront who he really is and what he's really done. Cassel is about to discover that his family hides an incredible secret - one that will transform his life for ever. A sensational new novel from the bestselling author of The Spiderwick Chronicles.

Wyrm King

Wyrm King

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: eBook Release Date: 08/09/2009

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!

Giant Problem

Giant Problem

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: eBook Release Date: 16/09/2008

Nick and Laurie have a giant problem and it's a lot bigger than they originally thought. When Taloa sent them off to find her sisters, they discovered a single fire breathing giant, but as it turns out, that one giant is just the tip of the proverbial iceberg. According to NoSeeum Jack, the blind giant killer who helped Nick, Laurie, and Jared dispatch the original giant, there are hundreds, possibly even thousands of giants underneath the surface waiting to wake up. And since Taloa refuses to give any assistance until her sisters are located, the kids turn to a kingdom of merfolk for help. As is the way of the fey, the merfolk send the kids on a quest--to find a sea creature they'd never seen--before they'll even consider helping. They then capture Julian and leave him stranded on a distant sand bar that's too far for him to swim to shore from. He'll drown if they're not back from the quest by high tide. Between Julian's hysterical girlfriend, Noseeum's ruthless hunting of the giants, and trying to figure out the quest, the kids have their hands full. But even more so when they find a creature the mermaids have never seen. Still, the mermaids refuse to help stating that what the giants are about to do is part of a natural cycle.

Nixie's Song

Nixie's Song

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: eBook Release Date: 18/09/2007

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 "e;expedition"e; 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.

Spiderwick's Notebook for Fantastical Observations

Spiderwick's Notebook for Fantastical Observations

Author: Holly Black, Tony DiTerlizzi Format: Hardback Release Date: 06/06/2005

This will be a write-in book for fans of the bestselling Spiderwick series. There will be fifteen sections featuring text and illustrations about our favourite creatures from the first five books. The remainder of the book is write-in, for children to record their own sightings of these and other faerie creatures. In addition there will be two colour plate inserts. A proportion of the material will be re-use.

Tithe

Tithe

Author: Holly Black Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 02/02/2004

Do you believe in faeries? Not the soft, gentle kind, but the sinister, feral kind ~ the ones that wreak havoc on everything in their path... 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 them back to her childhood home. To the place where she used to see Faeries. They're still there. But Kaye's not a child anymore and this time she's dragged into the thick of their dangerous, frightening world. A realm where black horses dwell beneath the sea, desperate to drown you... where the sinister Thistlewitch divines dark futures... and where beautiful faerie knights are driven to perform acts of brutal depravity for the love of their uncaring queens. Once there, Kaye finds herself an unwilling pawn in an ancient power struggle between two rival faerie kingdoms ~ a struggle that could end in her death... From the author of the bestselling Spiderwick Chronicles and The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

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