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The Death-Defying Pepper Roux
Geraldine McCaughrean.
Publisher HarperCollins  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 8.5 x 5.75 x 1.1 inches
ISBN 9780061836657
Pages/Publication Date 328/2009
Daedalus Item Code 33171
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What would you do if you knew your 14th birthday would be your last? If you're Pepper Roux, haunted all your life by the fatal prophesy of a jealous old aunt, you might just light out for a life of adventure on the high seas, or wherever else you thought Death might not know where to look for you. The Printz Award–winning author of The White Darkness and Peter Pan in Scarlet (as well as the winner of Britain's prestigious Carnegie Medal and three Whitbread Children's Book Awards), Geraldine McCaughrean gives us a fabulous episodic tale for readers 10 to 14, filled with dark humor and daring escapades, which earned starred reviews from Booklist, School Library Journal, and other leading book reviewers.

"Pepper becomes the captain of a coffin ship, has a brief career as a journalist who will only write good news, and joins the Foreign Legion (until he realizes that he'll have to kill people). Each role is an adventure that leaves chaos in its wake and good-hearted Pepper one step ahead of getting caught. The story is set in France and has a 1930-ish feel.... Pepper, in all his endearing innocence and goodness, will capture readers' hearts, and Duchesse, the cross-dressing steward, may be the most hilarious yet wise character in children's literature this decade. McCaughrean tackles big issues here: families, faith, loss, jealousy, and the expectations of others."—School Library Journal (starred review)

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