Middle Grade Fantasy Series Giveaway: The Chronicles of Egg

Today we are pleased to be running a giveaway of the two books – Deadweather and Sunrise & New Lands – in the The Chronicles of Egg series by Geoff Rodkey.


Deadweather and Sunrise (May 2012, Putnam Juvenile)

Deadwater and Sunrise

It’s tough to be thirteen, especially when somebody’s trying to kill you.

Not that Egg’s life was ever easy, growing up on sweaty, pirate-infested Deadweather Island with no company except an incompetent tutor and a pair of unusually violent siblings who hate his guts.

But when Egg’s father hustles their family off on a mysterious errand to fabulously wealthy Sunrise Island, then disappears with the siblings in a freak accident, Egg finds himself a long-term guest at the mansion of the glamorous Pembroke family and their beautiful, sharp-tongued daughter Millicent. Finally, life seems perfect.

Until someone tries to throw him off a cliff.

Suddenly, Egg’s running for his life in a bewildering world of cutthroat pirates, villainous businessmen, and strange Native legends. The only people who can help him sort out the mystery of why he’s been marked for death are Millicent and a one-handed, possibly deranged cabin boy.

Come along for the ride. You’ll be glad you did.

New Lands (May 2013, Putnam Juvenile)

New Lands

After a narrow escape from Deadweather Island, Egg and his slightly deranged partner Guts head for the remote New Lands. They’re in search of the lost Okalu tribe, who hold the key to the mysterious treasure map that Egg can’t decipher.

But the ruthless Roger Pembroke is hard on Egg’s trail, and the New Lands are full of new enemies — against which our heroes only weapons are their brains, their courage…and the two dozen swear words Guts just memorized in the local tongue.

They’re going to need help.

But who can they trust?

Is Kira, the beautiful and heavily armed Okalu refugee, their ally…or their enemy? Is Pembroke’s daughter Millicent on Egg’s side…or her father’s? Why on earth is the notorious pirate Burn Healy being so nice to them? And the biggest question of all: what shocking secret is Egg about to discover in the shadow of an ancient Okalu temple?



Geoff Rodkey is the author of the Chronicles of Egg middle grade comedic adventure series and the Emmy-nominated screenwriter of such hit films as Daddy Day Care, RV, and the Disney Channel’s Good Luck Charlie, It’s Christmas.

Geoff grew up in Freeport, Illinois and began his writing career on his high school newspaper. While in college, Geoff was an editor of both the Harvard Lampoon and the Let’s Go travel guide series. His early writing credits include the educational video game Where In the World Is Carmen Sandiego?, the non-educational MTV series Beavis and Butt-head, and Comedy Central’s Politically Incorrect.

Geoff’s debut novel, Deadweather and Sunrise, is the first book in the Chronicles of Egg trilogy. The final volumes in the series, New Lands and Blue Sea Burning, will be published by Putnam in 2013 and 2014.

Check out the official Chronicles of Egg website and follow the author on Twitter



We are giving away one copy of Deadweather and Sunrise and one copy of New Lands to one lucky winner. The contest is open to US addresses only and will run until Saturday June 8 at 12:01am. To enter, use the form below!

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  • Stephanie
    May 27, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Neil Gaiman!

  • LisaC
    May 27, 2013 at 10:46 am

    Blue Balliett’s Chasing Vermeer series.

  • Tim R
    May 27, 2013 at 10:49 am

    I’m going to go with Pullman’s Dark Materials books today — I would have picked Pratchett’s younger books (like “The Amazing Maurice”), but I was reading those to my children when they were much younger, and I don’t think they need to read Pullman until the middle grades.

  • SarahDF
    May 27, 2013 at 10:50 am

    Tamora Pierce’s The Immortals series

  • Alison C
    May 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    I would also have to go with Pullman’s Dark Materials series.

  • Lark @ The Bookwyrm's Hoard
    May 27, 2013 at 11:23 am

    Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles, Elizabeth Enright’s Melendy quartet, and L. M. Boston’s Greene Knowe books are all high on my list.

  • Lauri
    May 27, 2013 at 12:04 pm

    39 Clues

  • Katharine
    May 27, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood

  • Justine
    May 27, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger

  • Lexi
    May 27, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Tamora Pierce’s Tortall books, Diane Wynn-Jones’s Chrestomanci and Derkholm books, Turner’s Thief series and many more

  • Nina
    May 27, 2013 at 3:17 pm

    Harry Potter

  • Vanessa
    May 27, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    The Melendy Series by Elizabeth Enright is still, after all these years, a regular re-read. Love it. Second would have to be the Trixie Belden mysteries

  • Anonymous
    May 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    The Books of Beginning by John Stephens! So far only the first two have been released; The Emerald Atlas and The Fire Chronicle.

  • Amanda Reid
    May 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    The Books of Beginning by John Stephens!

  • Misty
    May 27, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    I’m really loving the Oona Crate Mystery series by Shawn Thomas Odyssey. Such a great heroine and an interesting world.

  • Claire
    May 27, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Wowz…I had this one series but I can’t remember the name of it! -.- So I’d probably go with any of Tamora Pierce’s books. I remember reading them over and over and over again, the nerd that I was. ^^’

  • Mayer
    May 27, 2013 at 7:09 pm

    It’s hard to say what is considered Middle Grade since I’ve been reading books of all ages since I was very young.

    I used to really love the Roswell books when I was a kid, though I can’t remember the author’s name off the top of my head.

  • Mary Anne
    May 27, 2013 at 10:10 pm

    Susan Cooper’s Dark is Rising series, or Hillary McKay’s Casson family series (Saffy’s Angel, Indigo’s Star etc). Daniel Hayes also wrote a neat series that started with “The Trouble with Lemons.” Harry Potter. The Chrestomanci books. There is a really old, loosely connected group of books by Sally Watson from back in the 50s and 60s, I think, about an extended family in England and Scotland, ranging from Elizabethan time, to American War for Independence. I still enjoy reading those books over again.

  • Meagan
    May 27, 2013 at 11:29 pm

    The Castle Glower series by Jessica Day George is one of my favorite MG series. It was difficult to choose because many of the MG books I’ve read haven’t been part of a series.

  • Eliza
    May 28, 2013 at 12:02 am

    The first book in The Chronicles of Egg series is a lot of fun and I think that whoever wins these books will enjoy them. I’m looking forward to reading the second one.

    MG series I love. I’ve narrowed it down to the ones I’ve reread the most and if an author has more than one MG series, I’ll list my favorite one. I think most, if not all, have already been listed but just goes to show how good they are. In no particular order:
    Tiffany Aching quartet by Terry Pratchett
    Harry Potter by J.K. Rowlings (good call on this one, Nina. It’s so obvious I may have overlooked it.)
    Song of the Lioness quartet by Tamora Pierce
    His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman
    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series by Maryrose Wood (this one is so funny)
    Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer (it’s a series I read with my friend’s son and so has very fond memories)

    Even though the first two books are in my top favorites (especially Homecoming) I can’t list the Tillerman Cycle because I haven’t read all seven books.

  • Suz Glo
    May 28, 2013 at 8:51 am

    Harry Potter!

  • Angie
    May 28, 2013 at 9:43 am

    His Dark Materials by Phillip Pullman and Harry Potter

  • superbwg
    May 28, 2013 at 12:30 pm

    I am partial the the Septimus Heap series by Angie Sage. I also like the The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart. But the Fablehaven series by Brandon Mull is probably my favorite!

  • April
    May 28, 2013 at 1:19 pm

    I love too many to pick a favorite but I like the almost randomness of the Mysterious Benedict Societey, so we’ll go with that one. I’m also going to be checking out the comments above for new stuff to put on my TBR, I think I saw at least one new title/name!!

    Thanks for the giveaway, I’ve got my fingers crossed.

  • Brandon
    May 28, 2013 at 3:04 pm

    How about The Keys To The Kingdom series by Garth Nix?

  • C. Parrella
    May 28, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    I really liked the Redwall series by Brian Jaques. I also read Artemis Fowl, the entire Narnia series (didn’t like the last one so much), Peter and the Starcatchers, and The Wee Free Men by Terry Pratchett. I also enjoyed the Philip Pullman, Tamora Pierce, Angie Sage, and Derek Landy. All are amazing.

  • Lozza
    May 28, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain Chronicles are ones I loved when I was younger, and that I still read- they’ve really held up over the years! I also loved his Illyria books about Vesper Holly. And of course, the various L.M. Montgomery series and anthologies.

  • Joel
    May 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    The Hero’s Guide… series (if you can call two books a series). Great humor and wonderful illustrations.

  • Kristin
    May 28, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    The Alanna Quartet by Tamora Pierce, Howl’s Moving Castle and Castle in the Air by Diana Wynne Jones, and The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan.

  • Tricia C.
    May 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

    The Benny Imura series – Rot & Ruin, Dust & Decay, and Flesh & Bone. Can’t wait for the fourth one to come out. My students (and I) love this series!

  • Tiffany Drew
    May 28, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I have to go with the Fear Street series by R.L. Stine. It might actually be more YA, but I read them as a tween and loved them. I think they are too young for teens. Thank you!

  • Becky C.
    May 29, 2013 at 11:41 am

    My daughter (and I) love the Bliss Bakery series by Kathryn Littlewood. My son (and I) love the Spy School/Spy Camp series by Stuart Gibbs.

  • csaket
    May 29, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    good find for my kids

  • Kaethe
    May 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Well, today I’m going to go with Frances Hardinge’s Fly books. But I must say these look mighty appealing.

  • Genevieve
    May 29, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I always liked the Avalon web of magic books

  • Serena
    May 30, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    The Tortall series, especially the Lioness series and Immortals series.

  • Kyrstin
    May 31, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Frances Hardinge’s books about Mosca Mye!

  • Lauren
    June 3, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Ooh, it’s a toss-up between The Penderwicks and
    The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series’. Both are totally endearing, a little bit absurd, and a ton of fun!

  • Jen
    June 6, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    Most of my favorite MG books are actually standalone books, but for favorite series I’d probably choose
    His Dark Materials
    Harry Potter or
    The Dark is Rising.

  • Abby
    June 7, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    The MG series I love is Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials! It’s cool to see so many others on here loving his work too. The Golden Compass is in my Top 5 books of all time. And I think it’s a little young for MG, but I loved all the Catwings books by Ursula LeGuin.

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