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Author: Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

Illustrator: Chris Riddell

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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

Interest Level: 10 and up

Reading Level: 6.4

Age of Child: Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™

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.

If You Liked This Book, Try: The Right Hand of Velachaz THE RIGHT HAND OF VELACHAZ   RAIRARUBIA (The Rairarubia Tales, Book 1)   THE CAPTURE (Guardians of Ga'Hoole, Book One)

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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