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The Last of the Sky Pirates

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Rook Barkwater lives in the network of sewer-chambers beneath Undertown, the bustling main city of the Edgeworld. He dreams of becoming a librarian knight - one of those sent out to explore the mysteries of their world. Somewhere out there lie the secrets of the past - including the lost floating city of Sanctaphrax - and, maybe, hope for a future free from the fear of tyranny. When his chance comes, Rook grabs it! Breaking all the rules, he sets out on a journey to the Free Glades and beyond. His luck and determination lead him from one peril to another until, buried in the heart of the Deepwoods, Rook encounters a mysterious character - the last sky pirate - and is thrust into a bold adventure that dares to challenge the might of the dread Guardians of the Night...
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Paul Stewart is the author of a number of previous titles for children including The Wakening (a Federation of Children's Book Groups Pick of the Year) for the Yearling list and a number of titles for beginner readers. Chris Riddell is an accomplished graphic artist who has illustrated many acclaimed books for children and won the Kate Greenaway Award in 2002 for Pirate Diary. He is also the 2003 World Book Day official illustrator, and the acclaimed political cartoonist for the Guardian and the Observer.


Gr 4-7-The Edge is filled with icky monsters, profoundly rotten villains, and shiny striving heroes, all with silly names such as muglumps, Orbix Xaxis, and Rook Barkwater. There are dangers behind every tree, mysterious fogs, stones that fly, and trolls and talking bears. In this fifth volume of the "Chronicles," Rook is a young under-librarian who is sent into the creepy Deepwoods to gather knowledge that might help the noble community of Knight-Librarians battle the evil Guardians of Night for control of the Edge. Sometimes Rook and his allies defeat the gluttonous logworms that devour everything in their path; at other times, the Guardians of the Night throw them into chains. Even Twig, hero of Beyond the Deepwoods, the first volume in the series, reappears to join the fray. Who will win? Does it really matter? These adventures pull readers along, and the pages flip by in no time. Riddell's antique-style illustrations add to the fun, depicting the characters' intricate costumes and crazy modes of transport. There's not a lot of substance here, but fans of Lemony Snicket, the "The Spiderwick Chronicles," and "Harry Potter" will devour it.-Walter Minkel, New York Public Library Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"For children who've read the Harry Potter books and want another world to explore." -- "Mail on Sunday" "Fabulously illustrated." -- "Sunday Times" on The Edge Chronicles " For children who've read the Harry Potter books and want another world to explore." -- "Mail on Sunday" " Fabulously illustrated." -- "Sunday Times" on The Edge Chronicles

In the fifth entry in the Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell, The Last of the Sky Pirates, Rook Barkwater, selected to study as an apprentice in the Deepwoods, hooks up with sky pirate Captain Twig, introduced in the launch title, Beyond the Deepwoods, bringing the series full circle. In a starred review, PW said of the first book, "The narrative will cast a spell over readers from the beginning." (Aug.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

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