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Format:
Title:
Stormchaser
ISBN:
9780385750707

9780385750714

9780440420880

9780552554237
Edition:
1st American ed.
Publication Information:
Oxford ; New York : David Fickling Books, 2004.
Physical Description:
384 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Series title(s):
Number in series:
2.
Contents:
Since his childhood in the DeepWoods, young Twig has always longed to soar above the forest canopy and explore the sky. Now a crew member on his father's sky pirate ship, the "Stormchaser," his dream seems fulfilled. But a much higher destiny awaits Twig. The lofty city of Sanctaphrax -- built on a giant rock, floating high in the sky -- is at the point of disaster. The city's future is dependent on stormphrax -- a valuable substance available only from the heart of a Great Storm. And only the "Stormchaser," with Twig onboard, could risk entering a storm
Summary:
In his continuing adventures, Twig, now sixteen years old, joins the crew of his father's sky pirate ship and embarks on a dangerous mission to collect the powerful stromphrax, a substance that purifies water and also prevents the city of Sanctaphrax from floating away.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.4 11.0 58636.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 4.3 15 Quiz: 37601 Guided reading level: R.
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Summary

Summary

Since his childhood in the DeepWoods, young Twig has always longed to soar above the forest canopy and explore the sky. Now a crew member on his father's sky pirate ship, the Stormchaser , his dream seems fulfilled. But a much higher destiny awaits Twig. The lofty city of Sanctaphrax--built on a giant rock, floating high in the sky--is at the point of disaster. The city's future is dependent on stormphrax--a valuable substance available only from the heart of a Great Storm. And only the Stormchaser , with Twig onboard, could risk entering a storm. . . .


Author Notes

Chris Riddell was born on April 13, 1962. He is a British illustrator and occasional writer of children's books and a political cartoonist for The Observer. He has won two Kate Greenaway Medals, the British librarians' annual award for the best-illustrated children's book, and two of his works were commended runners-up. Books that he wrote or illustrated have won three Nestlé Smarties Book Prizes and have been silver or bronze runners-up four times. He was shortlisted for the 2015 Kate Greenaway Medal for his title Goth Girl: And the Ghost of a Mouse. He was named the ninth Waterstones Children's Laureate in 2015. Riddell was presented with a Children¿s Laureate medal and a £15,000 (A$30,014) bursary cheque at a ceremony in London, where he announced plans to promote visual literacy during his two-year term.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Horn Book Review

Young Twig leaves his forest home after discovering he was adopted. In the ""dark and deeply mysterious"" Deep Woods, he encounters many mystical creatures before meeting his natural father+a sky pirate. Stormchaser describes Twig's own adventures aboard a sky ship. The episodic narratives are overlong, but the writing is strong and the detailed, often grotesque illustrations perfectly suit the text. [Review covers these Edge Chronicles titles: Beyond the Deepwoods and Stormchaser.] (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. All rights reserved.


Booklist Review

Gr. 4-6. The second volume in the Edge Chronicles series, Stormchaser 0 is a rousing adventure tale with a story that's more complex and satisfying than its predecessor, Beyond the Deepwoods 0 BKL Jl 2004. Sanctophrax, a city of academics that floats in the air above Undertown, threatens to break from its mooring and drift away because the corrupt Most High Academe has been selling off the rare, valuable, and strangely heavy substance called stormphrax. Although forbidden to accompany his father on a mission to secure more stormphrax, Twig stows away aboard his father's sky pirate ship and takes a pivotal role in completing the mission. With a murderous villain who slices off his dead victims' toes, the story is not for the fainthearted, but many young readers who crave action and enjoy long books will find it a riveting tale. Stewart manages the many characters and the frequent shifts of scene well, driving the story at full throttle toward its inevitable climax. Reminiscent of the ink drawings of illustrators from Pauline Baynes to Robert Lawson to Dr. Seuss, Riddell's wonderfully detailed art appears throughout the book to help readers envision this inventive fantasy world and the many strange creatures that inhabit it. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2004 Booklist