Shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2011
A World Book Day 'Recommended Read' for 2011
Prize-winning Geraldine McCaughrean has turned her deft hand to a brilliantly witty and fast moving story about a boy who wants to defy his destiny. Pepper is an unusual name and Pepper Roux is an unusual child especially since, according to her Aunt Mireille, he was destined to die young. Can Pepper avoid that fate by slipping away into another life? Quick readers will be able to follow him as he does everything he can to do so.
A piece of passion from the editor who bought the book:
Geraldine McCaughrean is an extraordinary author to work with, because each of her books is so different, so surprising, and so jaw-droppingly good. When a new book from her appears, I never know quite what to expect – but I know that whatever it is will be a sheer joy to read. And that definitely goes for The Death Defying Pepper Roux. There’s so much to like about this book. It whisks you off from the start on a wonderful chase full of characters you will never forget, ideas so intriguing they will make you gasp, and events so enjoyable that they will make you wriggle with delight. It’s clever and intriguing and beautifully written – but most of all it’s fun from its startling beginning to its wholly satisfying finish.