Deadweather and Sunrise by Geoff Rodkey
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Egbert (henceforth known as Egg) is the younger sibling of Adonis (a bully and an idiot) and Venus (an idiot, but slightly less mean that Adonis) and is - according to his siblings - the cause of their mother's death. They live with their father and a completely inept tutor on a pirate-infested island in the middle of the Blue Sea; their father is not a pirate but ekes out a living on his ugly fruit plantation. One day Dad finds something that causes a break in the routine, and the entire non-pirate household travels to Sunrise, a beautiful, rich island a few hours away.
Once there, the family is befriended by the Pembrokes... only there's a mysterious hot air balloon accident that sends Egg's family off into the distance. At first Egg is content to learn to ride horses, play croquet with Millicent and read books in Mr. Pembroke's library, but then he realizes that Something Is Not Quite Right. Adventure follows.
Because this is a series, it's clear that we haven't seen the last of Egg's family, the pirates, what his father found and Millicent. This is a fun read, particularly for middle grade boys who like adventure.
ARC provided by publisher.