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- Number of Pages: 288
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
Young Twig lives in the Deepwoods, amongst the Woodtrolls, but he isn't one certain of them. In a brave attempt to find out exactly where he belongs, Twig wanders in to the mysterious, hazardous world beyond the Deepwoods. He meets a collection of odd companions, such as his wise guardian, the Caterbird; the Slaughterers, a peaceful race who butcher animals for their livelihood; too as the vicious, bile-swilling Rotsucker. From the Hardcover edition. Always watching out for the horrible Gloamglozer, whose presence haunts the thoughts of all the inhabitants of The Edge, Twig steadfastly pursues his quest until he discovers his roots, not among the trees, but in the skies.
An un-traditional coming-of-age story, the Edge Chronicles begins with Beyond the Deepwoods, in which our put-upon protagonist, Twig (a misplaced human boy who's being raised by woodtrolls) gets a hint of his true heritage, sheds his Deepwoods upbringing, and does the unthinkable: He strays from the path."From one frying pan for the next (but never quite into the fire) Twig either bests or befriends a ferocious, Carroll-esque menagerie of Deepwoods denizens--from foul-mouthed halitoads and red-faced slaughterers to galumphing banderbears and piranha-Tribble wig-wigs. Alone for the very 1st time and surviving by his wits, Twig must surmount all manner of perils to pursue a destiny that is whisperingly, mysteriously promised to him"beyond the Deepwoods.
Paul Stewart lays the foundation for some pretty terrific storytelling in this first book--only hinting at what lies ahead in this world exactly where rocks float and sky pirates ride the sky above--but the contribution of illustrator Chris Riddell can't be overstated. Grownups and kids alike will rush for the store to pick up the second adventure, the tantalizingly titled Stormchaser. (Ages 9 to 12) --Paul Hughes Whether inside the jowly cheeks inside the gyle goblins' Grossmother or the menacing gaze of the supra-evil Gloazgomer, Riddell (an accomplished political cartoonist) manages to match Stewart's descriptions blow-for-blow in evocative pen-and-ink.
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