Deadweather and SunriseBook - 2012
Thirteen-year-old Eggbert, a planter's son on a pirate-infested Caribbean island chain, is on the run from a wealthy and powerful villain trying to kill him for his connection to a hidden treasure.
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Welcome to Deadweather Island. The most hot, humid, desolate and far away place you may ever know. Meet Egbert a young boy who hasn't been any place else. His small family consists of his dad and brother and sister Adonis and Venus who live on this small island. They own an ugly fruit plantation that they work along side with disabled pirates, the only other visitors they ever seem to get. Egbert, Egg for short, is often picked on by his family who seem to hate him a lot. His brother Adonis loves to punch and pick at him but Egg has gotten pretty good at ducking him. On Egg's thirteenth birthday his father takes them all to the next island over known as Sunrise Island. There they meet Mr. Pembrook, a wealthy man who treats them to good food and a hot air balloon ride. The result of that flight doesn't end pleasantly. An accident leaves Egg the only survivor of his family. Mr. Pembrook takes him in, Egg figures its to ease the guilt of the loss of his family. He is living a life he thought he would never had known. He eats well, reads lots of books and even has made a friend of Mr. Pembrooks daughter, Millicent. Egg basks in the weeks feeling happy for the first time in a long time. But, Egg soon finds out that Mr. Pembrook is not all he thought him to be. He discovers that Mr. Pembroke wants to take possession of the Deadweather Plantation, the place he has always called home. Mr. Pembrook, the wealthy and powerful man that he is, will stop at nothing to get what he wants, even if that means taking Egg's life. Now, Egg must run for his life back to Deadweather. Against all possible odds he must escape from a man with means. How will Egg do this impossible task when he has nothing? Egg's impossible journey begins.
Rodkey has created a wonderful tale of pirates along with a coming of age journey. If parents and teachers have trouble getting boys to read they will love this book. The characters are fun and the adventure is plentiful. But, this tale is not all doom and gloom there is subtle humor that can be found throughout the pages as well. The front of the book has a map so that readers can see just how isolated these islands are which makes for a much more fun and seemingly impossible journey for the character.
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