The Chronicles of Egg series book 1
Egbert is the youngest, poorly treated and terribly picked upon child. His father runs an orchard on Deadweather Island, a place that houses their family and many pirates. Egbert (or Egg as he becomes known) learns what he can from his horrid teachers, which may not be much but at least he can now read. One day his father finds something and they set off to Sunrise Island – something totally unexpected. Before long Egg’s life has totally changed.
At first he thinks this may be a good thing. Until he discovers his benefactor, Mr Pembroke, is more than what he seems. If Egg is to survive he has to run, to stay one step ahead of Pembroke and figure out exactly what it is the man is after.
This is a swashbuckling sort of adventure and Egg is a total underdog. Picked on by his family, always getting the worst of everything. You want better for him and you go along totally with the story in the hope he has some victory. For much of the story he is very much alone so the addition of Gus (a cabin boy) is welcome. Gus brings a little wildness to the story, while Egg brings grit and determination. There is something very appealing about Egg, there is slot he doesn’t know but he tries to learn. The story starts off a bit slow but overall it is an entertaining adventure set amongst grotty, nasty characters, some of whom are pirates. If you are looking for something to fill the post Percy Jackson void then this might appeal.
Publisher: Puffin Books
Published: 07 June 2012
Format: Paperback 304 pages
ISBN 13: 9780141342504