Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
Series: The Chronicles of Egg #1
Published by Putnam Juvenile on May 29th 2012
A stunning middle-grade debut--full of heart, humor, and nonstop action.
It's tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody's trying to kill you.
Not that Egg's life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.
But when Egg's father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.
Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.
Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.
Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
How can you not love a book set on an island full of pirates? When this one appeared in my mailbox, I was excited and when I finally started reading it, I found I couldn't put it down.
Poor Egg doesn't have it easy. His father is a hard-working man who is distant at best, his mother is dead, and his siblings are unusually cruel to him. His brother takes every chance to hurt him and Egg is too much of a daydreamer to notice his oncoming attacks most of the time. You'd think he'd be happy to be rid of his family though, but when they disappear in a strange ballooning accident, he finds himself living in a mansion with the beautiful Millicent and her family.
But when he's unsure about officially becoming a part of her family, his family only dead a couple of days, he finds himself nearly thrown off a cliff. There's something that the Pembroke's want on his father's land and he's determined to find out what it is. Hopefully, he won't be killed in the process.
I loved the pace of this book. Full of action, Egg is on the run and meets some interesting characters along the way. I absolutely love Millicent, who is very smart and seems to take a liking for Egg. The deranged cabin boy is quite that and makes for an interesting sidekick towards the end of this first book. And the pirates.. seriously, how can you not love pirates?
Final Verdict: For fans of pirates, sharp-tongued girls, and adventurous boys. A highly recommended read for both boys and girls alike.
Kristen is the co-blog owner of The Book Monsters. Kristen is an Elementary School Library Media Specialist in the Chicago suburbs who loves reading. Why else would she be a librarian?
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