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Deadweather and Sunrise (The Chronicles of Egg #1)

3.91 of 5 stars 3.91  ·  rating details  ·  1,409 ratings  ·  186 reviews
A stunning middle-grade debut—full of heart, humor, and nonstop action.

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
Hardcover, 1st Edition, 296 pages
Published May 29th 2012 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (first published May 1st 2012)
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Rick Riordan
The best way I can describe it is Lemony Snicket meets Pirates of the Caribbean, with a sprinkling of Tom Sawyer for good measure. That’s not really an accurate description, because this debut novel isn’t exactly like anything else I’ve read, but it gives you an idea of what awaits.

Pity our poor hero, thirteen year-old Egg Masterson, who lives on a miserable island with bad weather, a volcano, and lots of pirates. His family runs a small plantation where his father grows ugly fruit (“like a bor
Monica Edinger
As reviewed on my blog:

So let's see. It is easy to see a certain kind of formula that came about over the last decade or so involving male Cinderellas. You've got Harry Potter with those nasty Dursleys making him live under the stairs. There's Percy Jackson with his dyslexia. Both, of course, have sidekicks with whom they banter and battle highly dangerous foe. The result of Harry and Percy's success among young readers has generated a whole lot of heroes of their ilk. Now there are plenty of yo
'I knew the world was out there. I just didn't see a place for myself in it. And even if there might be, I had no idea how to go about finding it.
It never occurred to me that the world might come find me - and that without me lifting a finger to make it happen, one day my life would change, completely and forever.
But it did. And this is the story of it.'

Growing up in Deadweather, Egbert (although he prefers 'Egg') always thought that life outside of Deadweather would be more civilized and more
Jun 05, 2012 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
I have come across so many unimaginative books lately, that I was a bit skeptical when I started reading this book. The synopsis sounded wonderful, but I have been fooled quite a bit lately by those, so I was crossing my fingers and hoping for the best. I got what I was hoping for. This was an original storyline, full of fun characters, action-filled story lines, suspense, humor, fun, excitement, and mystery.

Egbert grew up in a family that never really seemed to care for him much, you see, his
Rachael Stein
In the latest issue of The Horn Book, Roger Sutton poses the question, "What Hath Harry Wrought?" His essay focuses on positive changes in our assumptions about children's reading habits, but Rowling's success hath wrought more insidious changes in the publishing industry as well. Pre-Harry, when I saw the word "chronicles" on the cover of a book, it brought me warm, fuzzy memories of Narnia and Prydain. Post-Harry, "chronicles" translates to "a series consisting of at least three volumes of at ...more
Time to dive back into the world of Middle Grade literature. I love jumping into Middle Grade every once so often. It’s actually pretty surprising to see how enjoyable some of these books can be even for older readers like myself. I feel like it really takes a lot of talent to pull off a good Middle Grade book for that reason though. You want a book that will appeal to younger people, but to have that same book also have appeal to older readers is pretty awesome. Geoff really pulled this feat of ...more
Cupcake Girl
I don't usually do very many reveiws but i was sent this to reveiw for a magazine and as there aren't many reveiws of this book yet i thought I might as well.

First of all I loved this book. Absolutly love it. It's awsomness.
The storyline:

Egg Lives on a stinky island called Deadweather with his dad, older sister Venus and Older brother ( I can't remember his name...) He's bullied by his syblings. One day they go to another island called sunrise where they stay with the pembrokes and their beauti
Egbert's had a rough life. He lives on a hot an humid island so stifling it's called Deadweather. The island is overrun with pirates and his family owns a plantation of Ugly Fruit trees. His brother and sister are terrible and beat on him frequently... And his name is Egbert. Then one day out of nowhere their father up and takes them on a trip to Sunrise island. They meet the Pembroke family and the powerful Mr. Pembroke is friendly and invites them to his house for a stay. Then Egbert's family ...more
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Rating: 5 out of 5 Controllers
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Reviewer: AimeeKay

Just finished reading this awesome book! So much fun! The descriptions were exceptional and while the book had its action and adventure, it was also really humorous. Almost every page had me giggling.

As for the characters themselves, my two favorites were Egg and Guts. Egg was an excellent main character. He was funny and determined. And Guts, well Guts was absolute
Kristine Asselin
Great middle grade adventure for boys (and girls)! I loved Egg and his friends, and can't wait to find out what happens to them next!
Amelia, the pragmatic idealist
Deadweather and Sunrise, the first installment in the new "Chronicles of Egg" series, is the kind of book I had been desperate to read: exciting and action-packed, heartfelt, and rather sophisticated. The book reminded me of what I consider to be the "Golden Age" of Young Adult fiction, from 2001-2008, a time in which similarly well-written, exciting and authentic novels were being published. I think that author Geoff Rodkey really has a winner with this one, and I definitely think he's in the s ...more
Miss Clark
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Xander ForeverBookish
Egbert is 13 years old, and lives on Deadweather Island, where the weather is always bad on his family's ugly fruit plantation. When his father puts together a crew on short notice, they are off to Sunrise, where the weather is perfect. Then they meet a man named Roger Pembroke, who invites them over to have dinner. Egbert, who's new nickname is Egg, falls in love with Pembroke's daughter; Millicent, and after Pembroke puts Egg's family on a hot-air balloon, they never return. Egg lives with the ...more
Well, that wasn't what I expected at all. This book looks like a light and fluffy kids' adventure story, but it really isn't. About the first half was strongly reminiscent of Treasure Island, Robinson Crusoe, and a bit of Lord of the Flies. Nothing good ever happened to the main character, or the people around him. People naturally tend toward evil, not bravery and decency, like Egg. There was a lot of overt violence, but also some implied very nasty violence, which would make me want to bump th ...more
Barb Middleton
As a kid, I used to fantasize about running away and becoming a trapeze artist in the circus. I practiced my act in the tops of trees, on the roof of the house, onswing-sets banisters... basically anything high. Mom, wanting me to survive adolescence, put my hyperactive limbs in gymnastics. I made my best friend spot me as I learned to do flips. I stood on the edge of the chair and instructed her to grasp the waistband of my shorts and make sure I didn't land on my head. I should have worried ab ...more
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Wow. I wasn't expecting that. At all. When I received this book for review I wasn't anticipating to love it as much as I did. In fact, I was kind of weary, because I was thinking: middle grade and pirates. How can this be the type of book I would enjoy. Well let me just tell you, I was wrong, dead wrong. I loved this book so much, I'm not sure
Feb 04, 2013 Brenda rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Brenda by: Copy of the book provided by Penguin publishing and won at Charlotteslibrary.blogspot
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Egbert lives with his father, older brother (Adonis) and sister (Venus) on Deadweather Island, home to their families ugly fruit plantation. Egbert's mother died during childbirth causing resentment, a beating or two from his brother and bitterness and sadness from his father. Egbert's dad even breaks with the family tradition of naming his children after Greek God's by naming him Egbert. One day, Egbert's father decides to take the family on a trip to neighboring Sunrise Island. While there, he ...more
When you read “debut author” you are ready to make some allowances, you needn’t with Geoff Rodkey. He has spun this juvenile fiction adventure story like a pro. He’s funny and earnest and has the pacing, villains, and gore well in hand. He is also able to throw in plenty of keep-you-on-your-toes plot twists that do not, wonderfully enough, feel like they come out of nowhere. He is convincing and consistent if you are willing to slow down long enough to admire the job; which is harder than it sou ...more
Deadweather and Sunrise I'll admit that when I was first seduced by the cover of Deadweather and Sunrise. After all, it's hard not to expect adventure when there are pirates involved. Better yet, I knew that our young hero was one Egbert, a boy whose life was filled with mishap and adventure. If there is one thing I love, it's a male protagonist. So off I went, falling page by page deeper in love with Geoff Rodkey's written world.

Young Egbert's story is very similar to many other protagonists ou
2.5 stars.
On the first page I thought that it reminded me of "How to Train Your Dragon", the Dreamworks movie, and The Rise and Fall of Mount Majestic by Jennifer Trafton and that vein did continue throughout the book. I laughed when I realized that there was a actual non-related "Mount Majestic" in Deadweather and Sunrise.

Cute writing. Story was decent but nothing remarkable. Characters were fine when they weren't being silly. Stuff like that....but when I got to the part where Egg fell into I
Deadweather and Sunrise was such a charming book! When I checked it out from my local library I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I thought it would be too kid-ish and not thrilling enough. Boy was I wrong! I definitely my lesson not to judge a book by its cover.

Egg is so adorable. He's just a fiery yet shy boy that you would love to have as a friend, and to have the privilege of hearing his innermost thoughts and hopes was so great for me. The plot of this story kept me so excited all
First Impression: How can you not love a book set on an island full of pirates? When this one appeared in my mailbox, I was excited and when I finally started reading it, I found I couldn't put it down.

While Reading: Poor Egg doesn't have it easy. His father is a hard-working man who is distant at best, his mother is dead, and his siblings are unusually cruel to him. His brother takes every chance to hurt him and Egg is too much of a daydreamer to notice his oncoming attacks most of the time. Y
I have to admit, I was a little unsure about this book when I started reading it. Pirates really aren't my thing. But, I was totally hooked by the first couple of chapters. Egbert, or Egg as he becomes known, is a true hero. He tries to do the right thing, even if it means dying or losing the girl he loves. And as it often happens with a hero, their choices end up being in their favor, just maybe not at first glance. The book was filled with continual action and took twists and turns I had no id ...more
Well, Once we got past the first several chapters where we learn that Egg is hated by his brother and sister and treated indifferently by his father, things start moving along. The first few chapters are boring, but tell readers how Egg was raised on an island, with no other servants than retired or disabled pirates. There are more adventures to be had, and when Egg meets Millicent, and then Guts, they fight off an army and figure out how to hide the natives' treasure map. Looking forward to par ...more
Apr 08, 2013 Mandy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: pirate lovers
The book was darker than I thought it was going to be. There were many injuries, fighting, death, pirates, and so much more than I thought there would be. It feels like it's aimed for the higher ages of the juvenile spectrum.

Egg was cool. He was the geeky, oddball kid in a family of aggressive and violent ones. He loses them to a ambitious and evil man who wants something Egg's dad found.

He runs for his life as he tries to make it back to Deadwater Island to keep the man from getting it first.
Ivana Ofori
This book is truly amazing. I'm not even kidding. If you're a fiction reader and you miss this one, consider yourself cursed.
Geoff Rodkey's got that talent to constantly hold your attention, and his characters, mainly Egbert and Millicent, have personalities so distinct, they seem REAL to me!
I can honestly say this is one of the best books I've read this year, and I'm happy enough finishing the year with it.
This author has definitely re-ignited my hope in proper fantasy-fiction. Go read it, y
Not at all what I expected, but highly interesting. My only complaint is that so little is answered by the end of the first book. It felt like we were leading up to some revelations but then all of a sudden the book was over. Plus, I kept thinking Egg's missing family would show up out of the blue or someone would unveil his true parentage or something family related. Didn't happen. Oh well, guess that's what sequels are for!
I liked this quite a bit, but I don't know about classifying it as "Middle Grade". There are some situations within that make me think YA is a much better category. I initially was thinking about giving this to a niece for Christmas, but after reading it I don't think it would be appropriate for her age.

That said.. Well written, fun characters, good story, pirates are cool... 4 stars.
Deadweather is a remote, miserably hot, volcanic island inhabited almost entirely by pirates, with the exception of Egg’s family. Egg’s older siblings, Adonis and Venus, are terrible company, as their favourite activities are beating up Egg and telling him he’s stupid. Their father is too busy running their ugly fruit plantation to pay them much attention. Their lazy tutor prefers to spend as little time as possible with his pupils and makes up everything he teaches them.

It seems unlikely that
Such a fun adventure story for boys and girls alike. The characters are endearing, and the dialogue and plot is filled with humor. This isn't a happy story and has a Lemony Snicket feel where everything continues to go wrong, but the author brings you back with small moments of joy and hope.

Some of my favorite quotes:
"Of course, I'd eventually learn that the truth is much more complicated-that not everyone who lives on a pretty street is a good person, and that in even the rottenest places you m
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Geoff Rodkey is the author of the Tapper Twins middle grade comedy series and the Chronicles of Egg adventure series. He's also the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of such hit films as Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas.

Geoff grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper. While in college, Geoff was an editor of bot
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