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New Lands: The Chronicles of Egg, Book 2

By Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Gross-out humor and adventure in lively Deadweather sequel.

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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.

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