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Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
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Jul 28, 12

bookshelves: abusive-relationships, bullies, fantasy, families, friendship, ncbla2013, romance, travel
Read in July, 2012

I didn't expect to like this title as much as I ended up enjoying it. At first, the cover led me to believe that this would be some sort of pirate adventure with a boy and a girl, and while it is that, it is so much more. Even some of the pirates have unexpected layers and surprising motivations. Thirteen-year-old Egg lives on Deadweather Island with his father, abusive siblings, and a useless tutor. The entire family except for Egg disappears in a hot air balloon while doing business on Sunrise Island, where Egg's father and weathy Roger Pembroke unexpectedly seem to hit it off. But things are not as they seem, and Egg ends up running for his life after someone tries to murder him. His feelings are in turmoil since he has fallen head over heels for Millicent Pembroke, the self-confident daughter of his host. Over and over, he manages to get himself out of one perilous situation after another, though, with the assistance of some unexpected allies. As Egg comes into his own and realizes that he has more courage than he ever imagined, he becomes an increasingly interesting character. Whether he will manage to keep his father's secret from the clutches of those who want it so desperately and what he will find once he reaches the New Lands remain to be answered in the next book in this engaging series.
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