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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (330 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Geraldine McCaughrean Narrator: Anton Lesser Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9780307712103
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Pepper's fourteenth birthday is a momentous one.

It's the day he's supposed to die.

Everyone seems resigned to it—even Pepper, although he would much prefer to live. But can you sidestep Fate? Jump sideways into a different life? Naïve and trusting, Pepper sets a course through dangerous waters, inviting disaster and mayhem at every turn, one eye on the sky for fear of angels, one on the magnificent possibilities of being alive.
New York Times bestselling and Printz Award-winning author Geraldine McCaughrean has created a gripping tale filled with dark humor and daring escapades, where the key to a boy's life lies in facing his own death.

Join him on the run—if you can keep up. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • A 2010 Publishers Weekly Best Book: Children's Fiction

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ginger | 2/18/2014

    " Quirky, brilliant, excellent. Geraldine McCaughrean has joined my list of favorite authors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Estelle | 2/11/2014

    " I tried to read this since it had been shortlisted for the Carnegie Prize in 2011 but couldn't get past the third chapter or so. It was competing with Patrick Ness's Monsters of Men and I am not surprised that this book was unsuccssful. Its a strange quirky story which didn't seem to have much to say and wasn't particularly enthralling as an adventure story. Perhaps I didn't give it a fair chance. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Keir Bridges | 1/27/2014

    " The Death-Defying Pepper Roux, by Geraldine McCaughrean, tells the story of Paul "Pepper" Roux, a French boy whose Aunt, on the day he was born, made this prediction: Pepper would die on his fourteenth birthday. When that day came, a series of events led Pepper to steal his father's ship and his identity as Captain Roux. From there, he has a series of adventures and identities. In his quest to avoid dying, Pepper experiences more living in a few months than most do in a lifetime. Throughout the novel, Pepper is unwaveringly kind and considerate of others. While these characteristics rarely work in Pepper's favor immediately, they do endear him to a host of characters. The novel does not gloss over some of life's more difficult aspects, but Pepper's optimistic outlook affirms life to himself and to the reader as he strives to keep his. Fans of Roald Dahl will enjoy the story and its dark humor; fans of adventure stories will enjoy Pepper's many adventures at sea and on land. I LOVED this book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 1/22/2014

    " Pepper Roux has been told he's going to die at 14, but on the day of his 14th birthday, Pepper commandeers his father's ship and sets sail to avoid death. Pepper's adventures lead him to many cities and jobs, each one leading him closer and closer to his destiny. Pepper meets some increasingly interesting people, especially the costume loving Achilles Duchesse, who is always trying to help Pepper. By the time I got to the end of The Death-Defying Pepper Roux, I really enjoyed it. I thought Geraldine McCaughrean did a really good job of keeping Pepper's predicament just serious enough that you felt concern for him, but light enough for readers to laugh with him during some crazy times. However, the book seemed to take forever for me to get into, and it wasn't until near the end that I found myself paying close attention to Pepper. Recommended for ages 12-14. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leonie | 12/23/2013

    " Charming, if melancholy. A children's adventure story with repercussions and emotions. I loved Pepper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gail Thompson | 11/30/2013

    " The story is somewhat far-fetched but a good adventure yarn. Pepper is a likeable character and this book should appeal to the 8 - 12 bracket, especially boys. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wendy | 4/17/2013

    " I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It started out a bit oddly - his parents are awaiting their son's death, predicted at his birth. From there it gets better and better. I especially like how all the loose ends are pulled together at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debrarian | 1/28/2013

    " Marvelously unique characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 L | 7/12/2012

    " Complex adventure story for fans of Lion Boy, True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 11/20/2011

    " Never say die! Ha ha! Loved every minute of Pepper Roux and Anton Lesser. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jana | 11/11/2011

    " My godson and I listened to this as an audio book on a 10 hour drive and it made the time go by nicely. A great adventure for a 14 year old complete with saints, angels, murder and identity theft! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina at Death Books and Tea | 10/12/2011

    " At times confusing, good idea, very good fun. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Stephaney | 6/28/2011

    " Kind of a strange story. I almost abandoned it but carried on until the end. Kind of monotonous for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mordena | 6/15/2011

    " Brilliant, weird, wise and wonderful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Esmeralda | 5/10/2011

    " The cover didn't really attract me to this book, but it was really interesting once I got started. I like how all the loose strings tie up in the end, and some of it was humourous. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nina | 4/3/2011

    " At times confusing, good idea, very good fun. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlotte | 4/1/2011

    " For a childrens book, I can see how good it would be
    For me -
    No.

    It was boring,
    Repetitive
    And irritating
    (Although it had some good bits).

    Thinking about reading it and over the age of ten
    No, just no. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenna | 3/14/2011

    " Charming! Highly recommended on audio where you can hear the accents. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nicole | 3/11/2011

    " I wanted to like this book, but I couldn't get past the fact that it is simply hard to believe. A 14 year old boy sneaks on board a ship and takes over his father's position as captain, and NOBODY notices? Really?? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 2/24/2011

    " Never say die! Ha ha! Loved every minute of Pepper Roux and Anton Lesser. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jayanne | 1/2/2011

    " A little slow to get into at the beginning, but then it speeds up. The audio was fun. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 LaLa | 12/1/2010

    " Winner of the worst cover art award, I almost abandoned it at the Library. Glad I trust Publisher Weekly's reviews impecably. Pepper is fun and keeps me guessing at every turn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth/Sr. Elizabeth | 10/22/2010

    " There was only one point in the middle my attention slipped. Overall I loved the story and I loved Pepper. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Greta | 9/28/2010

    " this is the worst book ever!! "

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About the Author
Author Geraldine McCaughreanGeraldine McCaughrean is the Printz Award-winning author of The White Darkness. She has been honored with England's most prestigious children's book award, the Carnegie Medal, and is the only three-time winner ever of the Whitbread Children's Book Award. She also wrote Peter Pan in Scarlet, the first official sequel to the treasured masterpiece Peter Pan, and the critically acclaimed The Death-Defying Pepper Roux. Geraldine lives in Berkshire, England, with her husband and actress daughter.
About the Narrator

Anton Lesser has, as an associate artist with the Royal Shakespeare Company, played many of Shakespeare’s most demanding roles, including Troilus (Troilus and Cressida), Edgar (King Lear), Petruchio, Romeo, and Richard III. He is a frequent radio contributor and has recorded many audiobooks, including much of the work of Charles Dickens. Lesser’s narration has won him seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.