Will young Twig and his pirate crewmates upon the sky ship Stormchaser be successful in their mission to collect the stormphrax (solid lightening)? Find out in this second book in "The Edge Chronicles" series, continuing Twig's truly thrilling adventures! The cast of characters is wonderfully amusing, frightening and disgusting all at the same time, including the creatures Hammelhorn, Banderbear, Woodtrolls, Flatheads, Nightwaifs, Caterbird, and Prowelgrins. Story-wise, it is witty and substantive enough on its own, but combined with graphic artist Chris Riddell's drawings, it will embrace the reader and keep them completely engrossed in the numerous twists and turns the plot takes. The drawings are spare, pen sketches, yet the emotive power of his pen is difficult to communicate with mere words! Luckily for readers, at least every other or every third page is adorned with one of them. The very first one, depicting "The Edge" is enough to keep the first time reader hooked until they have been introduced to each and every place name. Highly recommended. 2004, David Fickling Books, Ages 9 to 12.
Cindy L. Carolan
Gr 5-8-Twig is back in the second book (David Fickling Books, 2004) in The Edge Chronicles series by British author Paul Stewart. In the first book, Beyond the Deepwoods (David Fickling Books, 2004), Twig discovered that he was the son of the famous sky pirate, Cloud Wolf. Now Twig is onboard the Stormchaser, Cloud Wolf's renowned sky ship, and he is aiming to impress his stern father. Of course, things go terribly wrong. Twig accidentally dumps the cargo and Cloud Wolf refuses to take him on the next trip. Twig manages to stowaway only to find he has become a bargaining chip for ruthless enemies of his father. Throughout the book, Twig bungles his way into and out of trouble, meeting unusual and truly weird characters along the way. The most interesting character is the Stone Pilot, who befriends Twig and, to Twig's astonishment, turns out to be a girl. Narrator John Lee does a fine job of distinguishing each character and the story is nicely paced. The book's illustrations by Chris Riddell are brilliant and provide the humor for the story. Without them, Stormchaser is very dark indeed-complete with a masochist and a toe-stealing serial killer. Make sure the book is available to listeners. This fantasy is filled with outlandish characters and terrifying creatures, and fans of the series will be enthralled.-Tricia Melgaard, Centennial Middle School, Broken Arrow, OK Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
"Chris Riddell's superb illustrations are part and parcel of Paul Stewart's excellent fantasy series, The Edge Chronicles. The second, Stormchaser, is as action-packed as its predecessor"
"For children who've read the Harry Potter books and want another world to explore.. Just fantasy and adventure, and wonderful line drawings"
—Mail on Sunday
"Stewart's compulsive storytelling, perfectly complemented by Riddells' fine-lined illustrations, makes it all good stuff"
—amazon.co.uk (website Jan 2000)
"The story and the vast array of characters are captivating. .I became totally engrossed in this tale of young Twig, the quest for stormphrax, the worldscape and the landscape. The structure of the plot is as delicately poised as a sky-floating rock and the exuberant detail gives constant delight. This is more than a read; it kidnaps and transports the reader"
—The School Librarian