The Chronicles of Egg:Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
Is it a little bit odd to get excited about posting your third review? Absolutely love this blogging lark, here’s hoping some people get a good new read out of it!
So, on this lovely Friday afternoon, what have I come up with, well, it’s a new series I’ve fallen in love with…
Egbert is the Cinderella of his household on Deadweather island. Blamed for his mother’s death in childbirth, his older brother and sister (both dumb as rocks, with the brother a bully and his sister obsessed with becoming a princess) both pick on him and his father leaves them to it. But when his father discovers something on his plantation and ends up consulting a lawyer on nearby Sunrise island, the family is suddenly befriended by a rich nobleman named Pembroke. However, after a sudden balloon accident and his family floats away, Eg is left behind and Pembroke offers to adopt him. When Eg refuses though, he finds himself running for his life after Pembroke’s man tries to murder him and Eg decides to try to solve the mystery of what exactly his father found on his plantation. Along the way he’ll meet Millicent, Pembroke’s smart if not entirely savvy daughter, a one-handed boy called Guts and LOTS of pirates; wild pirates, silly pirates, grubby, ruthless, violent pirates, caring pirates and, of course, gentleman pirates.
As treasure stories go, this is one of the better ones. It reminded me a lot of Percy Jackson in terms of style if not in tone (Eg is nowhere near as street-wise as Percy is) and the characters were all very strong. Millicent in particular was a favourite of mine. She’s smart, she’s brilliant but she is, without wanting to admit it, very naive and protected. She’s no cardboard cut-out character, I’m looking forward to the next one in the series to see how she gets on.
I also loved the part where Eg ends up stowing away on a cruise ship. Without giving too much away, it’s a neat way of looking at how….opportunistic…. people can be. The way it was written was really clever and it’s what’s pushed this book up for me so that I would happily read it if I were about the 13-14 year old mark too.
It’s a novel that while it’s aimed at primary school age, it does have some elements of a 13+ read and I wouldn’t be surprised if the books in the rest of the series were more firmly in the 13+ camp. Really, really liked this one.
To hear the author talk about his book, find him here on Puffin Book’s YouTube channel