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Stewart, Paul: Beyond the Deepwoods.

Stewart, Paul BEYOND THE DEEPWOODS. Il. by Chris Riddell. ISBN 0-385-75068-4. New York: Random House Children's Books, 1998. 278 pp. $14.99. In Beyond the Deepwoods, Stewart and Riddell begin their Edge Chronicle series and capture the reader in their enticing strange world of the Deepwoods. Readers follow young Twig, the curious and soul-searching main character, on his search for his true place of belonging. Twig's first mistake on his journey is breaking the golden rule of the Deepwoods and "straying from the path." Twig becomes lost, and around every turn he encounters unfriendly creatures, such as the gyle goblins, termagant trogs, hoverworms, hammelhorns, caterbirds, and skullpets. And that's only the first few chapters! Twig learns courage and bravery after facing each new near-death scenario and finds the self-confidence to keep going despite such diverse, seemingly never-ending obstacles. Various friends along the way, such as the affable banderbear, a family of slaughterers, and even the sinister sky-pirates, guide and help Twig in his journey to discover his destiny and understand his true identity. This adventure-filled book is great for those students who just can't seem to get interested in reading ... they won't be able to put it down! Ages 10-12. Reviewed by Jessica L. Federle, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL

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Author:Federle, Jessica L.
Publication:Childhood Education
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Date:Mar 22, 2009
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