Sunday, October 10, 2010

The Death Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean

Publisher:  HarperCollins, 2010
Pages:  336
Source:  Library
Genre:  Middle Grade Fantasy

The night Pepper Roux is born his Aunt Mireille announces he will die by age 14.  Distraught his parents raise him waiting for him to die.  On his fourteenth birthday, Pepper leaves the house.  Finding his drunken father passed out in the back of a bar he takes his father's jacket and cap and boards his father's boat as it's new captain.  From here on, Pepper's life keeps changing.  He learns his father was part of an insurance scam to sink the boat.  He works in a department store, as a journalist and re-invents himself as needed.  The biggest re-invention is yet to come.  Pepper learns what true family is in this quirky coming of age story.

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