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Publisher: David Fickling Books, an Imprint of Random House Children's Books, 2004
Material: hard cover
Summary: Sanctaphrax, a city built on a floating rock, is in the path of an incredibly devastating storm. Twig, a young sky pirate, is aware of the approaching danger and is bent on saving the magnificent city. This is the third book int his fantasy series.
Type of Reading: bedtime story, family reading, independent reading, read aloud book
Recommended Age: read together: 9 to 12; read yourself: 11 and up
Young Reader Reaction: This is a thrilling adventure that takes you away with it. It should be read by younger teenagers. Each character has a special vibe and its own personality. Just reading one makes you want to
read the whole series.
Adult Reader Reaction: none offered
Pros: The reader gets drawn into the story and goes along for the ride.The book is well written and the plot is exciting.
Cons: None offered by the teen reviewer. There is violence and some characters die. See School Library Journal review: "It is not for young readers."
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. Parents may want to scan the book before handing it over to teen readers.
Educational Themes: One critic avows that kids can learn about slavery and class structure.
Notes: The only copy available to the Reading Tub was given to Be the Star You Are.
Literary Categories: Fiction - fantasy, adventure, middle grade series
Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004, June 2006
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