Reviews for Deadweather and Sunrise
Booklist Reviews 2012 June #1
Thirteen-year-old Egbert dreams of escaping his dreadful family--and time spent farming ugly fruit--especially after a tutor arrives with a wagon full of books, which reveal the existence of a wider world. His release from his relatives, renaming as "Egg," and subsequent pirate-packed adventures are hardly more serene, but at least he is not stuck on Deadweather Island. After teaming up with a former adversary turned sidekick and a dreamy rich girl (whose father is trying to kill him for his own father's heretofore unknown treasure), Egg journeys over land and sea, and battles man and beast, to protect both himself and whatever his father's mysterious cache may contain. While our hero's first-person sassiness, smarts, and romantic frustration are not always entirely convincing for someone who, prior to chapter 1, had only ever read one book, Principles of Citrus Cultivation, they are absolutely entertaining. Along with some good and gory descriptions (after all, pirates really aren't that nice), this introduction to the Chronicles of Egg series is pure fun. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2012 Fall
Egbert and his loathsome family live on a pirate-infested island. When his father discovers a legendary treasure map, the whole family faces deadly encounters with pirates and the influential Roger Pembroke. By chance, Egbert avoids disappearing with his family only to be doggedly pursued by Pembroke. Romance, humor, adventure, and the high seas figure prominently in this strong series opener.
Kirkus Reviews 2012 April #2
This promising new series starts out strong with a story filled to the brim with pirates, treasure, intrigue and swashbuckling suspense. On his 13th birthday, Egg's entire family is lost in a hot-air balloon accident. Egg lives quite comfortably for a while with the wealthy Roger Pembroke and his family, including his spunky, dreamy daughter Millicent. Then, one awful day, Egg realizes that his benefactor was responsible for the death of his family and is now, in fact, trying to kill him as well. Corrupt and exploitative Pembroke has discovered that there is a Native treasure on the ugly fruit plantation owned by Egg's family, and he is desperate to find it. What does Egg have on his side? His wits and courage, a strange best friend named Guts, the questionable loyalty of the misfit pirates who once worked for his father and, perhaps most significantly, Millicent. Readers will really begin rooting for Egg after his family--who is actually pretty awful to him--is killed off and he is left to discover his strengths and make his own choices. Self-deprecating and funny, Egg's first-person account is compelling, and the dialogue and vivid setting, as well as the full cast of quirky characters, make it easy to get lost in this adventure. Fans of pirates and perilous quests will certainly enjoy this tale of hijinks on the high seas and eagerly anticipate the next installment of Egg's story. (Adventure. 9-14) Copyright Kirkus 2012 Kirkus/BPI Communications.All rights reserved.
Publishers Weekly Reviews 2012 April #3
In this rousing debut novel, first in the Chronicles of Egg trilogy, screenwriter Rodkey turns his attention to the high seas. Thirteen-year-old Egbert (Egg) lives on none-too-pleasant Deadweather Island--home to horrible weather, a volcano, and a great many pirates--with his distant father and abusive siblings, helping maintain their fruit plantation. When his entire family vanishes in a mysterious ballooning accident, Egg is taken in by a wealthy merchant, Pembroke, who then tries to kill him as well. Egg's struggle to stay alive takes him from one death-defying scenario to the next with breakneck speed, as he tries to figure out why anyone wants him dead. Aiding him are Pembroke's beautiful daughter and a vicious, one-handed ex-pirate. Given that it's a pirate yarn, the book has its share of gruesome moments ("Dead pirates lay all around, the deck red and slick with their guts"), but the overall effect is more comedic than terrifying, as Rodkey combines humor and adventure in a story full of cruise ships, wild pigs, treasure maps, and constant peril. Ages 8-up. Agent: Josh Getzler, HSG Agency. (May) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC
School Library Journal Reviews 2012 June
Gr 4-6--Egbert is the neglected and mistreated youngest of three siblings, growing up on an island in the Blue Sea, where his father owns an ugly fruit plantation manned by retired pirates. His mother died when he was born and Egg has been paying for it ever since. As the story opens, his father and siblings are dispatched to their presumed demise in a hot-air balloon, and Egg is left on his own to face the world. Of course where there are pirates there must be a pirate map, and treasure to be found, and a race to be the first to find it. Villains abound in this swashbuckling story, and they are not above using terrible means to get their hands on Egg and his possible fortune. There is also a love interest, Millicent, although her father is the cause of the loss of Egg's family. Eventually there's also a one-handed friend whom Egg meets in a fight to the death when he is captured by pirates. The head count is high, but Egg manages to fight his way to the end of the book, and together the three companions face off an army of soldiers in a triumphant denouement. The violence is extreme, and the dialectic speech of some of the characters may be difficult for some readers.--Jane Barrer, Steinway Intermediate School, Long Island City, New York [Page 135]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.