13 May 2013

{Blog Tour + Giveaway} New Lands

By: Me My Shelf And I | 13 May 2013 at 6:13 PM | | | | | | | | | |


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New Lands
The Chronicles of Egg #2
Author: Geoff Rodkey
Pages: 336
Reading Level: Middle Grade
Publisher: Putnam Juvenile
Release Date: May 2, 2013
Rating: 4 Birds

This highly anticipated sequel to Rodkey's much-praised debut is funny, heartfelt, and action-packed. Don't miss it!
After a narrow escape from Deadweather Island, Egg and his slightly deranged partner Guts head for the remote New Lands. They’re in search of the lost Okalu tribe, who hold the key to the mysterious treasure map that Egg can't decipher.
But the ruthless Roger Pembroke is hard on Egg's trail, and the New Lands are full of new enemies — against which our heroes only weapons are their brains, their courage...and the two dozen swear words Guts just memorized in the local tongue. 
They're going to need help.
But who can they trust?
Is Kira, the beautiful and heavily armed Okalu refugee, their ally…or their enemy? Is Pembroke's daughter Millicent on Egg's side…or her father's? Why on earth is the notorious pirate Burn Healy being so nice to them? And the biggest question of all: what shocking secret is Egg about to discover in the shadow of an ancient Okalu temple?

The review is written by 9year old Paige edited and typed up by myself.

I really like my moms job as a blogger because it means that we get to read really cool books together. The first ones we read together were The Chronicles of Egg and when we finished the first one DEADWEATHER AND SUNRISE I was super excited to start the next one but mom made us wait because I had a book for school I needed to read. I read it, but the whole time I just wanted to know what was next for Egg and his journey.

I didn’t really laugh quite as much in this one, but it was still funny in places. I really liked the names. Names of the lands, the pirates, and the characters. Like Egg (the poor guy! I would hate that name) and Guts – that’s even worse!

Mom said I should mention that even though it wasn’t as funny, it had a lot more adventure in it. I wouldn't have believed a book could have more adventure than the first Egg book if I hadn’t read it with my own eyes. If you love adventure and pirates and mystery you are going to love this book!

I’m even more excited for book three (BLUE SEA BURING), which isn’t out until next year. Mom said that’s all part of really loving a book series. It requires a lot of waiting, but it’s almost always worth it.

Thank you Geoff Rodkey for letting me read your books, and thank you even more for writing them! I’m excited because mom says we get to give some books to a lucky reader, so make sure you check it out!– Paige

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Paige and I were lucky enough to BOTH be able to interview author Geoff Rodkey. Paige took this very seriously and thought on her questions for days.  Absolutly beside herself that a famous author was going to answer HER questions!
Here is our questions and the wonderful Geoff’s answers – ENJOY!

Egg - Rodkey head shot 1 (1)Interview Questions From Paige:

1. How did you come up with the idea for your story?

It was very roundabout. One day, a character popped into my head named Crooked Pete. He was a pirate, but all the other pirates thought he was cursed, so they wouldn't let him on their ships, and the only job he could get was working as a waiter in a pirate-themed restaurant.

That seemed funny to me, so I started thinking about what kind of a world might have both working pirate ships and a pirate-themed restaurant. From there, I came up with an island inhabited entirely by pirates, which I initially named Sweatbath.

Then I started thinking about what kind of trouble I could get Crooked Pete into, and I came up with the idea of a lawyer who comes into the pirate-themed restaurant with a business proposition on behalf of a shadowy, unnamed client.

The shadowy client turns out to be a very obnoxious twelve-year-old rich kid, whose family has just disappeared under mysterious circumstances, leaving him in control of their island plantation. And he's a very grandiose kid, so he tells Crooked Pete he wants to hire him as muscle because there are some people he'd like to have killed. Eventually, the kid encounters a very pretty girl on the island next door, and he orders Crooked Pete to kidnap her, but she's a real handful in a Ransom-of-Red-Chief sort of way, so she winds up bossing both Crooked Pete and the kid around.

This game of "what if?" went on in my head for about two years. At the end of it, Crooked Pete had disappeared, the obnoxious rich kid had turned into a very put-upon poor kid, the island's name had changed to Deadweather, and there were no pirate-themed restaurants anywhere.

Now that I've made a trilogy out of it, I'm tempted to start over again with Crooked Pete and the pirate-themed restaurant, just to see where I end up next time.

2. How did you become a writer? Did you go to school for it?

I don't think you have to "become" a writer--we're pretty much all writers already, even if we only write text messages, so becoming a writer is just a matter of deciding to call yourself one.

But the first time I wrote for an audience was in high school, when I published a humor piece in my high school newspaper. Other kids told me they really liked it, and from that point on, I wanted to write for a living.

I didn't really go to school for it, except in the most general sense--on top of the necessary learning that (ideally) you get in language arts class between kindergarten and twelfth grade, I think becoming a professional writer is mostly about reading and writing as much as you can. Although I DO think education is critical for a writer to the extent that it gives you the opportunity to learn things that are worth writing about. I studied politics and history in college, because they were subjects that interested me--and eventually, a lot of what I learned found its way into my books.

3. I want to be a writer when I grow up, what should I do to make that happen?

You're ALREADY a writer! (Congrats on that!)

But if you want to be the kind of writer who makes a living at it, you should start by reading and writing as much as you can. Over time, you'll gradually figure out what kind of writing you enjoy the most--and whatever you enjoy most usually turns out to be what you're best at.

Then it's just a matter of convincing people to give you money in exchange for your writing. This can be easier or harder, depending on what kind of writing you're doing.  (A word of warning: if writing poetry is what you love most, you'll probably need some kind of day job. T.S. Eliot, probably the greatest English-language poet of the 20th century, worked at a bank.)

Interview Questions From Amber:

1. You have three boys, do they "appear" in your books in any way?

Not much. I've written other things on which my sons have had a much bigger influence--for example, I just finished a script for the Disney Channel that'll hopefully (fingers crossed) become a TV movie, and when my wife read it, she said, "boy, there's a lot of the kids in that, isn't there?" But they weren't really models for any of the characters in The Chronicles of Egg.

To the extent that any real people wound up in the books, they were either me or people I knew growing up. While the story takes place in a very exotic setting that's nothing like the small town in the Midwest where I lived as a kid, I did borrow a lot from my memory of the emotional experience of being thirteen. It's an age where you feel a lot of extremes, both high and low--and a lot of the time, it can feel like your whole life is at stake, even if you're just running from some punk outside your junior high school and hoping he doesn't punch you in the face. A lot of Egg's emotions are ones that I felt myself at his age, even if the circumstances were very different.

2. Egg? I have heard a lot of catchy character names in my time but this one takes the cake -- how did you come up with it?

I kind of backed into it. I was looking for the worst name imaginable--the kind of name you'd hang on a kid if you wanted to scar him for life--and I came up with Egbert. But because Egbert would most likely hate his name, I needed to come up with a nickname…and Egg was the obvious way to go.

It IS a little weird that I wound up with not just a character but a whole series named "Egg," because I don't like the word "egg" at all. I think it's kind of ugly and lopsided-looking. I tried to change Egg's name once or twice while I was writing the first draft, but nothing else seemed to fit. At some point, he was just Egg, and that was that.

3. What's next for you and for Egg? Can we expect more?

It's a trilogy, so the story that begins with Deadweather and Sunrise and New Lands is going to conclude with Blue Sea Burning, which should be out around May 2014--and which I'm guardedly optimistic will be the best book in the series.

After that, I'm going to put Egg away for a while. I might come back later and write a second series with the same characters, or even write a prequel in which the adult characters from the Egg series are all teenagers. But in the short term, I'm going to move to a new time and place and look for other characters to write about.

* Geoff's blog: http://geoffrodkey.com/
* Official Chronicles of Egg website: http://chroniclesofegg.com/
* Follow Geoff Rodkey on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ChroniclesOfEgg
* Follow Geoff Rodkey on Twitter: @GeoffRodkey


Like Paige mentioned above, one lucky winner will get a paperback of DEADWEATEHR AND SUNRISE and a hard cover of NEW LANDS. Simply use the raffelcopter below to enter!

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Thank you to Geoff Rodkey and Media Masters Publicity for the amazing opportunity to get to know these books and share them with you, our readers! I don’t think I’ve had as much fun blogging as I have had sharing it,and the world of reading with my daughter! Thank you!



  1. Oo! I'm looking for a great middle grade novel to read to my kids. This sounds excellent!!! Hope I win. :)

  2. Nothing like being the early bird :) (I'm hoping). And I love your "Award Free Blog" comment, Amber! Thanks for the chuckle.

  3. Here I am following you around because my grandson and I loved the first of the trilogy and are more than looking forward to catching up with the second.Good luck with your Disney Channel script;Jonathan(grandson) and I were discussing the hope of "Egg" movies while we were reading this.
    I hope more and more people are exposed to y our work.Best of luck to you!

  4. Thanks for the giveaway! These books look really good :)


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