Monday, September 2, 2013

New Lands: The Chronicles of Egg, book 2 by Geoff Rodkey - ADVISABLE

Rodkey, Geoff.  New Lands: The Chronicles of Egg, book 2.  G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin), 2013.  $16.99. 325 pages.  Language – G (plenty of made up swear words).  Violence – PG.  Sexual content – PG (references to loving a pig).  

Egg memorized an ancient map to a treasure (Deadweather and Sunrise) and now he is terrified that he will forget it.  He also terrified of Roger Pembroke, a powerful, wealthy man who wants to kill him for the map; who just happens to be the father of Millicent the girl he loves.  Egg and his one-handed partner Guts are sailing to the New Lands where they hope to find a member of the Okalu clan to translate the map.  They learn that the Okalu tribe was overran and enslaved by the Moku tribe.  By chance they meet a young lady who is a language translator and Okalu, but she doesn’t read the language.  They plan to travel into old Okalu territory and find someone to read the map, when Egg is captured.  He meets an old friend and on his journey discovers that several people he thought were dead are very much alive—goddesses even.  

Egg continues to be an engaging and relatable narrator.  Guts and the girls are interesting characters too.  Throw in a few twists and turns and you have another book that boys will be begging to read.  

EL/MS-ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS.  

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