Deadweather and Sunrise (MP3 CD)
April 2012 Indie Next List
“When his emotionally distant father, bratty sister, and bullying brother are swept away in a hot air balloon accident, Egg -- real name Egbert -- is barely able to register the loss. The father of the girl he's falling for is trying to kill him, there may be magical treasure buried on his family's land, and he keeps getting captured by pirates! This first book in a new series is filled with humor, adventure, and more bloodthirsty pirates than you can shake a peg leg at!”
— Jamie Schildknecht, The Rediscovered Bookshop, Boise, ID
A stunning middle-grade debut full of heart, humor, and nonstop action.
It's tough to be 13, 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 family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent.
Finally, life seems perfect. Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff. Suddenly, Egg's running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he's been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.
Come along for the ride. You'll be glad you did.
About the Author
Geoff Rodkey grew up in Freeport, Illinois, and began his writing career on his high school newspaper. While in college, he was an editor of both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let's Go travel guide series. His early writing credits include the educational video game Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the noneducational MTV series Beavis and Butt-Head, and Comedy Central's Politically Incorrect. Rodkey is the author of the Chronicles of Egg, a comedic middle-grade adventure series, and the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of such hit films as Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel's Good Luck Charlie, It's Christmas! He currently lives in New York City with his wife and three sons.
Fred Berman is a five-time winner of the "AudioFile" Earphone Award for Audiobook Narration and the recipient of the 2013 Audie Award for narration in "Spy the Lie". He has read a number of audiobooks for young listeners, including Judy Blume s "Soupy Saturdays with The Pain & The Great One" and Andrew Clements s "The Last Holiday Concert". He has also narrated the audiobooks for Robert Kirkman s popular series, "The Walking Dead."
Berman is an accomplished actor of both the stage and screen as well, performing on Broadway as Timon in "The Lion King" and off-Broadway in "Hamlet", "Twelfth Night", and "King Lear". On television, Berman has had roles on NBC s hit series "Smash" as well as "All My Children "and "Law and Order". He lives in New York City.