Deadweather and Sunrise

Deadweather and Sunrise

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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.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012.
ISBN: 9780399257858
0399257853
Branch Call Number: ROD J
Characteristics: 296 p. ; 22 cm.

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sparker1119
Jun 04, 2015

Almost put it down because it was kind of slow in the beginning...but decided to keep going and I'm very glad that I did. I will be reading the rest of the trilogy for certain.

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Kiez59
Jul 28, 2014

Extremely good book! :-D
So gonna read the rest of this trilogy!

JCLChrisK Oct 17, 2013

"Nobody lived on Deadweather but us and the pirates," this book opens, the "us" being the family that owns the ugly fruit plantation with labor provided by ex-pirates too mutilated to earn any other living. Egbert is the youngest in the family, which means he has spent his life being the smallest, weakest, most abused person in his world. Fortunately--or not, depending on your perspective--he knows that his world is not the entire world because he has discovered the joy of reading and devoured every book he's encountered. The greater world seems a much kinder, more exciting place than his meager, maltreated life on his isolated island.
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"I'd always consoled myself, when I dreamed about life outside of Deadweather, with the thought that somewhere there were better, more civilized people, who wouldn't turn into a pack of snarling dogs because a man who was good with words had whipped them into a frenzy."
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Egbert's isolation comes to an end the day his father makes some sort of discovery, and he finds himself testing his theory about better, more civilized people in the countless situations of danger and peril that he is thrown. Egg's tale begins slowly--though from the start he narrates it with a subtle, sophisticated wit--then eventually rewards the patient reader with a rousing adventure of piracy, greed, love, and noble sacrifices. He's a true underdog and a pleasure to root for. I'm excited to read the next chapter of his chronicles.

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mbssmith
Nov 07, 2012

This was a good book, but the violence was extremely graphic and so was Adonis's (Egbert's brother's) torture. Nevertheless it was still very entertaining, with a very clever villain!

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ACatNamedTofu
Aug 26, 2012

This book has the coolest cover art (whoever drew that, you'e amazing!) but the story inside is--and this is just my opinion--boring and a trudging effort to read. Predictable and far too overdramatic on the thirteen-year-old's love story. I wanted to read about pirates, not some kid's crush on the rich girl.

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Kiez59
Jul 28, 2014

Kiez59 thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over

pengjing Aug 24, 2013

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KristiBernard
Oct 26, 2013

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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