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The Death-Defying Pepper Roux

by Geraldine McCaughrean

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This was not at all what I expected. It was a fun, funny read. Pepper is an imaginative, superstitious youth with a huge heart. Duchesse is the pirate-y personification of Klinger (from M*A*S*H*).

Pros: Emotions roll like the sea in this action-packed adventure with both lovable, deplorable, and misunderstood characters.

Note: Alcohol and getting drunk are parts of this story. It is not glorified (quite the opposite) but those who are sensitive to drinking in books for preteens / teens should be aware.

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  TheReadingTub | Feb 2, 2016 |
If it ain't your time, you ain't goin'. A story of a boy 'destined' to die on his 14th birthday, and when he does not, goes and lives his life as though each day were his last, and in so doing, ends up giving his very best and for the betterment of the lives of others. Sprinkled with comedic actions as can only stem from a teenager's viewpoint of life.
  MomsterBookworm | Jul 14, 2014 |
Pepper has been told his entire life that he will die by the time he's fourteen. He wakes up as a 14 year old and is still alive. He finds himself cheating death again and again, and he realizes that he enjoys being alive. He goes through job after job, switches names and lives, and gets into one adventure after another, all to stay alive, and all the while he changes the lives of others. ( )
  t1bclasslibrary | Nov 3, 2013 |
McCaughrean has done it again. I find her writing challanging, it wavers (masterfully) from fantastic to realistic and I feel I'm dragging behind. I appreciate that this isn't a normal orphan tale where there are kindly people around every corner. There isn't, just people who see what they want to see. I'm sure I'll look at this in a month and think, three stars? Surely I meant to give this more? ( )
  akmargie | Apr 4, 2013 |
Rather than being the wildly adventurous boy implied by the title, Pepper is actually trying, quite blindly, to avoid death. He takes sudden action and then cowers; or later, tries to make a tame life that, because it's so odd, always leads to more adventure. His coping skills grow with each transition. Though there are some smiles available to the reader, I wouldn't consider this a comedy, or an adventure story. This is validly a bildungsroman, with some thoughtful substance.
  2wonderY | Jun 12, 2012 |
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On the morning of his fourteenth birthday, Pepper had been awake for fully two minutes before realizing it was the day he must die.
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Having been raised believing he will die before he reaches the age of fourteen, Pepper Roux runs away on his fourteenth birthday in an attempt to elude his fate, assumes another identity, and continues to try to outrun death, no matter the consequences.… (more)

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