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.”
, Starred, on Beyond the Deepwoods
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Fifty years after Captain Twig severed the anchor chain securing the floating rock of Sanctaphrax to Undertown, all is not well in the great
floating city or the urban sprawl of Undertown. Rook Barkwater is selected as a Librarian Knight elect, and seeks to train in the reeglades.
Along the way, Rook encounters personal failure, betrayal, and near death. Rook ventures out into the Deepwoods to continue his studies,
and he meets the famous sky pirate, Captain Twig. Together, they journey back to Undertown in the Skyraider
to stage a dramatic rescue mission atop the horrible Tower of Night.
DISCUSSION AND WRITING
• Rook is transported beyond the squalor of the sewers through reading and his quest for knowledge. How can being educated elevate a person beyond the circumstances of their life, such as being born poor or not being from a “connected” family?
• On page 45, during the announcement ceremony Rook swears to “serve Edge scholarship, both Earth and Sky, for the good of all” with his heart and his head. Discuss the meaning of this pledge. How does Rook fulfill his sworn vow as the story unfolds?
• Themes: Dreams • Perseverance • Courage • Friendship • Loyalty • Freedom • Trust
At the end of the book, Rook, Cowlquape and Wumeru the Banderbear witness Captain Twig being carried away by the caterbird. (p. 364) Have students work in teams to create an additional chapter to this volume that will be the start of a new volume that picks up on Twig’s arrival at Riverrise. (Riverrise is described in Chapter Eighteen of Midnight over Sanctaphrax
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