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
In this prequel to the first three volumes, readers meet young Quint long before his sky pirating days, as he becomes the apprentice to Linius Pallitax, the Most High Academe of Sanctaphrax. Shortly after his arrival, Quint is enlisted to assist with an assignment that lies deep at the center of Sanctaphrax. Quint, along with Linius’s daughter Maris, discovers a secret laboratory that conceals an experiment that threatens to destroy the Most High Academe and the stability of Sanctaphrax. It’s up to Quint to face the evil force that seeks to kill Linius and anyone that stands in its way.
DISCUSSION AND WRITING
• Do you think that Wind Jackal was convinced to let Quint stay on as the Most High Academe under false pretenses? What didn’t Linius tell Wind Jackal more about the “simple duties” Quint would be performing as his apprentice? Do you think Linius thinks he is being honest with Wind Jackal? Why or why not?
• Linius Pallitax attempts to create life within the Ancient Laboratory at the heart of the Sanctaphrax rock. Bungus describes the ancient scholars, who also attempted to create life by saying, “They were arrogant . . . they were vain. Understanding the world that already existed was not enough for them.” (p. 232) Do you think Linius’s experiments were right or wrong? Why is it so important for scientists to be
ethical and consider the consequences, both positive and negative, of their experimentations?
• Themes: Genetic Engineering • Friendship • Growing Up • Fear
Conduct a classroom debate about the ethics of genetic engineering. Before the debate begins, give students time to research issues such as cloning, stem cell harvesting, and other topics relevant to this subject.
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