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Paul Stewart is the author of many books for children including "The Midnight Hand" and "The Wakening." He lives in Brighton, England. Chris Riddell has illustrated many books for children and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and the Kurt Maschler Award. He is also the acclaimed political cartoonist for the "Guardian" and the" Observer." He lives in Sussex, England.

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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.

PRAISE FOR THE EDGE CHRONICLES: "Sure to please the Potter fans." -"Detroit Free Press ""The narrative will cast a spell over readers from the beginning with its utterly odd, off-kilter sense of logic and a vocabulary that is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll." -"Publishers Weekly ""Good fun." -"Kirkus Reviews""Stunningly original."--"The Guardian" (UK)"A richly inventive fantasy . . . one of the most exciting collaborations between a writer and illustrator for a long time."--"The Literary Review" (UK) PRAISE FOR THE EDGE CHRONICLES: " Sure to please the Potter fans." - "Detroit Free Press" " The narrative will cast a spell over readers from the beginning with its utterly odd, off-kilter sense of logic and a vocabulary that is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll." - "Publishers Weekly" " Good fun." - "Kirkus Reviews" " Stunningly original." -- "The Guardian" (UK) " A richly inventive fantasy . . . one of the most exciting collaborations between a writer and illustrator for a long time." -- "The Literary Review" (UK) PRAISE FOR THE EDGE CHRONICLES: "Sure to please the Potter fans." -"Detroit Free Press" "The narrative will cast a spell over readers from the beginning with its utterly odd, off-kilter sense of logic and a vocabulary that is equal parts Dr. Seuss and Lewis Carroll." -"Publishers Weekly" "Good fun." -"Kirkus Reviews" "Stunningly original."--"The Guardian" (UK) "A richly inventive fantasy . . . one of the most exciting collaborations between a writer and illustrator for a long time."--"The Literary Review" (UK)

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