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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:
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Pepper’s 14th 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, in which the key to a boy’s life lies in facing his own death.

Join him on the run—if you can keep up.

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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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