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.
In this rousing debut novel, first in the Chronicles of Egg trilogy, screenwriter Rodkey turns his attention to the high seas. Thirteen-year-old Egbert (Egg) lives on none-too-pleasant Deadweather Island home to horrible weather, a volcano, and a great many pirates with his distant father and abusive siblings, helping maintain their fruit plantation. When his entire family vanishes in a mysterious ballooning accident, Egg is taken in by a wealthy merchant, Pembroke, who then tries to kill him as well. Egg's struggle to stay alive takes him from one death-defying scenario to the next with breakneck speed, as he tries to figure out why anyone wants him dead. Aiding him are Pembroke's beautiful daughter and a vicious, one-handed ex-pirate. Given that it's a pirate yarn, the book has its share of gruesome moments ("Dead pirates lay all around, the deck red and slick with their guts"), but the overall effect is more comedic than terrifying, as Rodkey combines humor and adventure in a story full of cruise ships, wild pigs, treasure maps, and constant peril. Ages 8 up.
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Can't wait for the next book in this trilogy! Great adventure story. Very readable, but characters are very three dimensional, not dumbed down or simplified at all. The plot never fails to surprise. I've read many books in this space (middle school; young adult) and this is one of my favorites. My 9 and 14 year olds both loved it! If kids like Riordan, they'll love this....if adults like Princess Bride, they will be stealing it from the kids!
Fast-paced and hillarious
I bought this book for my son but picked it up and read it out of curiosity. It is a blast! The main characters are interesting and complex, and there's a lot of action with many twists and turns that keep you reading non-stop. My 11-year-old finally got his hands on it and loved it. I had to confiscate it a few times so he would do homework or go to bed. This is a really fun book!