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Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser Teacher’s Guide

By Paul Stewart Chris Riddell

Edge Chronicles: Stormchaser by Paul Stewart | Chris Riddell

TEACHING GUIDE



NOTE TO TEACHERS

The Edge Chronicles tell the story of three generations of heroes—Quint, Twig, and Rook— whose courage and strength of character take them on remarkable quests and journeys throughout the Edge: a land of great beauty and terrifying dangers. From the Deepwoods to the Mire; from the Edgelands to the Twilight Woods; from Undertown to Sanctaphrax, the story’s heroes overcome great odds, experience thrilling adventures, form lifelong friendships, and endure profound loss in this world that, at many times, resembles life on earth. The series touches on many important themes to readers, such as friendship, loyalty,
the environment, technology, and war to make the Edge Chronicles not only a fascinating reading experience, but a relevant one as well.

“The narrative will cast a spell on readers from the beginning.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred, on Beyond the Deepwoods

ABOUT THIS BOOK

Twig lives as a sky pirate alongside his famous father, Cloud Wolf, until the Stormchaser is damaged due to Twig’s inexperience. A furious Cloud Wolf leaves Twig behind on their next quest for the sacred material stormphrax. Not knowing that individuals are plotting to profit from the booty, Cloud Wolf sets out on his quest, unaware that Twig has stowed away. A terrible mutiny and raging storm forces the crew to abandon ship with Cloud Wolf still aboard, and Twig becomes captain. Without a ship and stranded in the Deepwoods, it’s up to Captain Twig and the crew to return, not only with stormphrax, but with the knowledge of how to harness its power for the common good.

DISCUSSION AND WRITING

• A friendly slaughterer pedaling lucky charms tells Twig, “Fear of the unknown is for the foolish and weak . . . for my money, what is known is generally far more frightening.” (p. 10) Do you agree with this statement? Why or why not? What that is “known” is frightening to you?
• After Twig sees Screed Toetaker’s supply of stormphrax, he becomes enraged that he was unable to find the substance. Professor of Light says, “Ah, Twig . . . ends and means.” (p. 284) Discuss the phrase the end justify the means. In this situation, do the ends (restoring the Sanctaphrax treasury with stormphrax, and from it, producing water-cleansing phraxdust) justify the means (the murder of hundreds of people)?

• Themes: Family • Corruption • Destiny • Loyalty • Leadership • Friendship

SUGGESTED ACTIVITIES

• It is impossible for a book that is so packed with vivid detail to have an illustration for each bit of action. Discuss the events in the story that have accompanying illustrations, and why these events were chosen. Have students illustrate, in a line drawing, one scene that does not have an illustration.

ABOUT THIS GUIDE

Prepared by Colleen Carroll, Education Consultant, Curriculum Writer, and Children’s Book Author, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
Random House Children’s Books • 1745 Broadway, Mail Drop 10-4 • New York, NY 10019 • BN0704 • 01/07

 
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