The Third Quest

Welcome to The Third Quest

Our most robust intervention for intermediate (grades 5+), middle, high school and adults.

and Motivating

and Effective

Veteran Teachers Win at Tiers 2 and 3

Explore The Third Quest features

Through a balance of narrative fiction and informational text, intrigue and mystery engage students as they travel through ancient history. Research-based lessons include work with sophisticated vocabulary, word study, comprehension and fluency, and provide study skills and CCSS connections.


Click here to read about The Third Quest basics: who the program is for, how the program is constructed, the Scope and Sequence, and program materials.

Program Brochure

Click here to download a Third Quest brochure.

Program Webinar

Click here to view our program webinar.

TRT: 01:05:00


The Third Quest Materials include both Teacher and Student Readers and materials as well as access to video and  downloadable reproducibles. Visit Ancora Publishing to learn more.

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Multimedia Content

Eight short videos introduce concepts such as automaticity and enrich student knowledge of extinction, Pangea, and ancient civilizations.

Click here to view the Introduction to The Third Quest (1:47 minutes).

Quantifiable Results

Intervention Students

Click here to see group ORF, group Vocabulary/Comprehension scores and case studies.


Special Education Students

Click here to see individual case studies.


The Third Quest can be purchased online from our publisher Ancora Publishing.

"My child finished today’s lesson with a smile on her face rather than tears. Thank you."
–Parent, California
"It is an easy program to follow. I would recommend it to other parents.”
–Parent, Hawaii
"I would recommend the Parallel Universe because it is fun and helps improve your reading."
–Student, California
“My student is much more confident in class and reading in front of others. Her MAPS scores have jumped up.”
—Coach, Nebraska
"The program will help you with sophisticated words.”
—Student, Pennsylvania
"My son volunteered to read on the intercom. He would never have done that before."
—Parent, Oregon
"Now I can read better with fluency and understand the story better.”
–Student, California
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We encourage teacher training to ensure program effectiveness. The value of a teacher’s interactions with students and their ability to use The Third Quest explicitly and diagnostically creates engagement with the disengaged and improved reading skills for students who have plateaued.

To set up a free web meeting overview, complete the signup form.

Sign up for Marilyn Sprick’s Newsletter for literacy nerds and users of the Third Quest and Read Well.

The Parallel Universe Sample Lessons

Two sample lessons are provided below. First download the related pages from the Coach’s Manual so you can follow along then play the lessons.
(Watch the whole lesson or fast forward to see how lessons progress.)

Level 0, Lesson 2 from the beginning of the program
Click to download corresponding pages.
Level 4, Lesson 6 near the end of program
Click to download corresponding pages.