The Death-Defying Pepper Roux by Geraldine McCaughrean is fun and action-packed. For his entire life, Pepper Roux had been warned that he would die on or before his 14th birthday. He woke up on that fateful day, STILL ALIVE. What follows is one adventure after another, as young Pepper attempts to cheat fate. The School Library Journal says ..."the memorable characters and lyrical prose make the novel hard to put down", and gives the novel a starred review.
The novel IS hard to put down and Pepper Roux is a fascinating character. My suspicion that Pepper will not have further adventures disappoints me but I will await breathlessly McCaughrean's next novel.