Teacher's Guide: Edge Chronicles 3: Midnight Over Sanctaphrax


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.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred, on Beyond the Deepwoods


Captain Twig learns that the Mother Storm is headed toward the Edge to reseed the sacred waters of Riverrise, and thus rejuvenate all life forms throughout the land. This rare and natural occurrence would come as great news but for one dire problem: the floating city of Sanctaphrax stands in the path of the Mother Storm. Twig and his crew must return to the Edge and sever the anchor chain that ties Sanctaphrax to Undertown so that the buoyant rock on which the city is built can be released into Open Sky. It’s up to Twig to accomplish this daunting task before the clock strikes midnight . . . over Sanctaphrax.


• Although Cowlquape is small for his age, browbeaten from years of abuse by his father, and treated as “Undertown scum” by Vox Verlix, he dreams of a better life. What strengths does Cowlquape possess that ultimately transport him from his life as a sub-acolyte to the Most High Academe?
• On pages 149 and 150, Cowlquape reads to Twig from an ancient barkscroll about the mythical Riverrise. The text reads, “It is now the commonly held belief that the Mother Storm has struck the Edge not once, but many times, destroying and recreating with each return.” Discuss how natural occurrences, such as fire, create life through destruction.

• Themes: Friendship • Loyalty • Hope • Slavery • Greed • Environment • Freedom


Weather is a consistent subject in the Edge Chronicles. Have students research examples of extreme weather and report on its causes, common places on the earth where the weather occurs, and recent examples of its effects on the population and the environment.


Prepared by Colleen Carroll, Education Consultant, Curriculum Writer, and Children’s Book Author, Sleepy Hollow, New York.
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