REVIEW: The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey

The Chronicles of Egg: Deadweather and Sunrise
Geoff Rodkey
288 pages
Publisher: Putnam
Release Date: May 29th, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LOVED

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

This book is totally for you if:

-You crave adventure(or enjoy a nice game of croquet).
-You like pirates.
-You don’t like pirates (A couple of em take a real thumping in this story.)
-You’ve ever wished your rotten older siblings would disappear in a mysterious accident , then found yourself regretting it when they do.
-You met your best friend when he tried to cave your skull in with a cannon ball.
-You’ve ever fallen in love at first…. with a person who’s father is plotting to kill you.
-You want a story with adventure, action, humor. and heart sometimes all on the same page.

   Geoff Rodkey is definitely going to be nominated for rookie author of the year. He has managed to do something that only a few accomplished authors have done, in my opinion. He has mixed elementary with YA making it a book that will be enjoyed by all and that can appease even the toughest of critics. When I first picked it up at Midwinter ALA I thought that the cover looked intriguing, but what I didn’t expect to be so amazing, was the content. It had enough action and adventure to keep even me on the edge of my sofa. Before reading this book I had thought that all books that involved pirates weren’t worth a glance but this book completely changed my views – that’s how good it really was.

   Another miracle that Mr. Rodkey has managed to do is create fabulous characters. Plus the main character is also a guy that a lot of younger siblings can relate to. Egbert (that’s the only bad thing – the main character’s weird name) also known as Egg is a 13 year old boy who’s father owns an ugly fruit plantation. Since his dad is always busy, Egg is always being picked on by his older brother and sister who make it their life mission to ruin Eggs life. He is constantly wishing for them to disappear and when they finally do he suddenly misses them with all his heart. Life for Egg is completely changed after that and the story begins from there. I rated the book 5 stars and the cover another 5 stars. The cover itself has a picture of two kids a boy and a girl (I don’t know who they are, sadly) in a boat beneath a cliff with a mansion and lighting flashing. It absolutely comes alive. It is a must read for everyone, especially middle grade.

This review was written by my thirteen year old brother – Calidude!



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    April 23, 2012

    This sounds so amazing! I'm always on the lookout for a fun and adventurous MG/YA. Great review, Calidude! :)

    Smitten over Books

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    Victoria Scott

    April 23, 2012

    I typically don't read middle grade, but have been telling myself I need to. I'm adding this one to my list right now. Middle grade awesomeness…here I come!

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    August 15, 2012

    This sounds like such an adventure. Which is what MG is all about!! I'll have another book to add to my list.