3 out of 4 stars
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Many years ago, NASA sent four chimpanzees into space with the sole purpose of colonising Mars. The ship, as well as its hairy crew, was lost shortly after entering the atmosphere. With no sign of what happened or where they went, NASA was left with no choice but to move on.
Fast-forward to today…
In Adelaide, Australia, pizza delivery boys are mysteriously disappearing all over town. Sixteen-year-old Keah gets yanked into the investigations when one of them goes missing outside of her apartment. Keah and her friends are suddenly embroiled in a mystery of massive proportions and need to race against time to try to help solve the case.
Pepperoni Pizza Pinching Chimps is classified as other fiction, but it is a children’s-cum-young adult book. It is aimed at a younger audience; I would say from about age 8 – 15. It had a scary aspect to it, making it just creepy enough to really draw a younger audience in and keep them thoroughly hooked. It reminded me a bit of the Goosebumps series, but without as much of a horror aspect.
I would have inhaled this book when I was younger. It has all the features of a story that I loved. The unknown antagonist. The house that makes unusual and sinister noises. The absence of parents to keep the lead character safe. These facets all tick my box to make a great preteen/early teen thriller. As it stands, I don’t fall into this category and I loved it.
Keah and her friends are believable characters. They behave like normal teenagers, and they have authentic interchanges with one another. It’s one of the hardest things to get conversations to sound realistic, and the author nailed it.
There was an issue that I would like to address. The name of the book (as well as the available synopses) clearly explains who the perpetrators of the crimes are. It takes away from the whodunit aspect of the book completely, and I would have preferred to have been in the dark about who our furry felons were until the end. There is a great build-up to where Keah and her friends find out who has been masterminding the abductions, but the big reveal falls a little flat because of the lack of anticipation.
The book has unfortunately not been professionally edited. The author, Tracey C. Ayres, needs a good proofreader to make this book perfect. Because of the sub-par editing, I can only give a rating of 3 out of 4 stars. I would recommend this to a younger audience that like a bit of a thrill in their story selections. I would also love if the author put more mystery behind who the culprits are – but either way, I thoroughly enjoyed Pepperoni Pizza Pinching Chimps.
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