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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? Naive 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 best-selling 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 - f you can keep up.

©2010 Geraldine Mccaughrean (P)2010 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

“[A] laugh-out-loud funny, picaresque adventure. McCaughrean’s frequently over-the-top metaphors mirror the delightfully implausible plot. [A] poignant, odd, wonderfully composed and vastly entertaining novel.” ( Kirkus Reviews)

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  • 08-22-15

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Anton Lesser has an incredible talent in bringing books to vivid life. I am writing this review to say thank you!

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Wonderful!

A wonderful, wry, and slightly off-kilter plot filled with eccentric characters. Beautifully written. Anton Lesser gives his usual masterful performance. Enjoyed this very much!