19 March 2013

{Book Review} Deadweather and Sunrise

By: Me My Shelf And I | 19 March 2013 at 12:01 AM | | | | | | |


Deadweather and Sunrise
The Chronicles of Egg Book One
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Pages: 288
Release Date: May 29th 2012
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons
Rating: 3.5 Birds

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.

When the opportunity to review DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE came in, I jumped at the opportunity. While I don’t often read and review Middle Grade, I thought that this would be a good way for me to get my 8 year old involved in “reviewing”. More to the point, get her brain ready for critical thinking and thought processing while reading a book.

And so we, together set out on a fantastical journey with Egg. (Which just for clarification was not a unfortunate name handed down by a parent, but a nickname for Egbert) This review is going to be a little different than most of my others, I’m going to give you my thoughts – and then my 8 year old - Paige, will give you some of hers.

Paige and I would read a chapter or more together before bed each night, and she would also take the book to school with her for reading during quite time. These times were a lot of fun for me, because when she came home she was always so excited to tell me what was happening and what I missed. While she is a fast and advanced reader for her age, the school often doesn’t give her enough time to make a too big a dent in things, so I was never too far behind.

One of the things that from the start bothered me just a bit, was the violence. I know, I know – it’s a pirate book, what was I thinking? Well no, I don’t mean that, I mean the violence at home. I cringed occasionally because it seemed every paragraph or so it was discussed how Egg was shoved around, beat, punched, knocked upside the head by his two older siblings. And it’s not just general sibling rivalry, it’s made very clear – they hate him. I could have overlooked it if it didn’t overwhelm the first 5 chapters.

The rest, was amazing. A great tale, fun reading and beautiful world building. And not to mention the ADVENTURE!!! And I’m going to be real honest here, I LOVED reading the parts of the pirates, especially out loud! Even if I did come off sounding like a drunk Irish lady most of the time, I tried!

And now a word from Paige (as typed by mom):

My favorite part in the beginning was how the adventure started. The hot air balloon was very cool! I also really loved the “pirate talk”, my mom did it really well! The map in the book was pretty and helpful! I wish all books had stuff like that!

The one thing that I didn’t really like a whole lot was that there was too much information on the people in the beginning. It was like they repeated it over and over and I already knew it. It was like, 3 chapters just telling me about these people. Over and over. But other than that I really loved it, and I’m excited that book 2 is here so we can start it soon.

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Geoff Rodkey is the author of the Chronicles of Egg middle grade adventure series and the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of such hit films as Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.

Geoff grew up in Freeport, Illinois, and began his writing career on his high school newspaper, the oddly named Pretz News. While in college, he was an editor of both the Harvard Lampoon humor magazine and the Let’s Go travel guide series. His early writing credits include the educational video game Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the non-educational MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, and Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect.

The first Chronicles of Egg book, Deadweather and Sunrise, was published by Putnam in May 2012. Its sequel, New Lands, comes out in the U.S. on May 2nd, 2013. The final volume in the trilogy, Blue Sea Burning, will arrive in 2014.

Geoff currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons. They do not have any pets, mostly because the whole experience with the goldfish was just too upsetting.

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