Deadweather and Sunrise and by Geoff Rodkey
Review source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Stormi
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.
Deadwater and Sunrise was an entertaining romp through some very dangerous islands. The author Geoff Rodkey packs this novel full of great characters, interesting destinations and a great mystery.
Egg is an interesting character as he is the youngest of three and the only one with a different sort of name. His brother is called Adonis and his sister is Venus, so you sort of wonder where Egbert comes from. I am going to guess that it is because he is not well liked as they all blame him for his mothers death. She dies in childbirth, so even the father is not real fond of him.
Egg is small and gangly and horribly picked on by his brother and sister. They live on Deadweather island and have an ugly fruit plantation. Egg is nothing like his siblings he loves to read and has a thirst for knowledge and loves having a tutor, but they are in short supply on Deadweather. The one that does stay is horrible and knows nothing. Over all he is an interesting character.
The adventure really picks up after Egg's father decides to take them to Sunrise Island where they meet Pembroke. He is rich and owns most of the island and has an interest in what Egg's father knows about some sort of treasure on Deadweather. Pembroke puts them all in a hot air balloon and sends them off but Egg jumps out at the last minute which makes Pembroke not happy. Egg learns later why Pembroke wasn't happy with him getting out once he has someone try and kill him.
So now Egg is running for his life among deadly pirates, and Pembrokes people trying to kill him. He is in for an adventure of a lifetime and is joined by Pembrokes daughter Millicent, who Egg is in love with, and a strange little one handed cabin boy named Guts.
My only real problem with this book is that it is for ages 10 and up, but is really slow at the beginning. I don't know how many young readers would stick with it since the action doesn't really start until you are about 30-40 percent into the book. There was several times I would put the book down and pick something else up and then I would go back to it. It is a fun adventure novel once you get into the book but it's getting into it that was hard for me.
New Land by Geoff Rodkey
Publisher: Putman Juvenile
Review Source: Publisher
Reviewed by: Stormi
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?
This book starts you off where Deadwater left you at the end, traveling the New Lands.
Egg and Guts are on a cargo boat headed to New land and in search of a native tribe called Okalu to see if they can help decode the map to the Deadweather treasure. They verily escaped from Pembroke and the soldiers with the help of Millicent, but they are not out of trouble yet.
Eggs is a little scared this go around, he starts out with the can do attitude, but soon gets discouraged. Guts on the other hand is ready for action. I found that Guts became my favorite character in this one as his crazy antics is what makes this fun to read. Eggs and Guts has a long journey as they have no clue who they can trust and who might be out to kill them. They encounter new enemies as well as have to deal with their old nemesis Pembroke.
I still found this one to be slow at times, but it was still a fun adventure novel for young readers. Since it's the second book I don't want to give anything away so I am keeping this review short.
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