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New Lands: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 2

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Gross-out humor and adventure in lively Deadweather sequel.

What parents need to know

Educational value

This is an entertaining adventure rather than an educational work. But along the way it offers opportunities to look at issues that will come up in history class: colonialism, slavery, and other forms of exploitation.

Positive messages

Strong messages of bravery, friendship, and loyalty, including Egg's devotion to a family that hasn't exactly treated him well.

Positive role models

The villains are quite villainous, with plenty of oppression, murder, deceit, and just plain nastiness to their credit. But Egg, Guts, Millicent, and newfound friend Kira, and some of the people who help them along the way, show bravery, resourcefulness, and loyalty. They also learn to get along and work together.

Violence

Aside from the fact that Millicent's father makes multiple attempts to kill Egg, at least one important character's violent death is seen by Egg (and the reader), and others are killed out of view. Violent death, drowning, enslavement, and dismemberment are constant threats to various characters; there's also mortal combat and a moment in which a character refuses to kill another, with mixed results.

Sex

One fleeting but memorable kiss.

Language

Much enthusiastic use of fictional-language swear words, whose English equivalents are clearly but euphemistically explained, including porsamora, meaning someone who "likes pigs a little too much." Passing references to barf, pee, farts, and dung as part of the narrative voice and scene-setting.

Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

A few scenes involve drunken pirates.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that New Lands -- the lively sequel to Deadweather and Sunrise -- takes 13-year-old orphan Egg Masterson and his newfound friends on adventures to the New Lands, where villains galore, including the father of Egg's true love, are trying to kill them. Expect some violence and death and plenty of references to excrement and other bodily functions -- as well as page-turning adventure, interesting characters, and many surprises. Laughs mix with serious ethical issues and personal tragedy.

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What's the story?

Picking up where Deadweather and Sunrise left off, NEW LANDS: THE CHRONICLES OF EGG, BOOK 2 finds 13-year-old Egbert ("Egg") Masterson and his newfound, hook-handed friend Guts in search of the treasure whose existence came to light in the first book. Egg is still madly in love with Millicent; Millicent's father has already murdered Egg's family and made a few attempts on Egg's life as well; Millicent is deeply conflicted. In the course of their adventures, they meet friendly and not-so-friendly locals, including a beautiful guide. The fearsome pirate Burn Healy also returns, taking a strange interest in Egg's welfare.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Besides the frequent laughs, there's a spirit of globetrotting adventure in the Chronicles of Egg books -- along with a large gross-out factor. Author Geoff Rodkey's early writing credits include both Where in the World Is Carmen Sandiego? and Beavis and Butt-Head, and there's a certain family resemblance in this series. While not as replete as Deadweather and Sunrise with disgusting fluids and body parts, New Lands has many references to vomit, pee, farts, and dung and enthusiastic use of swear words in an imaginary language, all of which (along with the swashbuckling) will appeal to many boys of a certain age.

It also offers further development of some intriguing characters, a raft of plot twists, and a cliffhanger ending that sets up the next volume. A big plus is Egg's narrative voice as he tries to make sense of forces beyond his control, from first love to the fact that people are trying to kill him.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about pirate tales. Why do you think stories about pirates have been popular for so long? How does New Lands compare with others you know?

  • What ethical issues does Egg have to deal with? Do you think he makes the right choices?

  • Do you see any similarity between the oppressive colonialism in this fictional world and what's happened in history?

Book details

Author:Geoff Rodkey
Genre:Adventure
Topics:Adventures, Brothers and sisters, Friendship, Misfits and underdogs, Pirates
Book type:Fiction
Publisher:G.P. Putnam's Sons
Publication date:May 2, 2013
Number of pages:336
Publisher's recommended age(s):10 - 17
Available on:Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle

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