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Pepperoni Pizza Pinching Chimps

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A neatly crafted middle-grade mystery novel that would get you hooked right from the first page.

Adelaide, South Australia is rocked by a series of kidnappings that leaves the police befuddled. To make things more puzzling, all of the victims were pizza delivery boys. But what has that got to do with NASA's ill-fated space expedition in 1964 that resulted in the disappearance of four young chimpanzees who were trained to establish a colony on Mars?


Read this book to uncover the mystery that had been shrouded in darkness for more than 55 years.


The first aspect that impressed or rather intrigued me was the concept which this fictional story was based on. Throughout the 1960s there were several accounts of animals being launched into space to test the survivability of spaceflight before a fail-proof human spaceflight was perfected. The more I explored the subject on the Internet, the more I found this story to be fascinating.


Keah, Abby, Fart, Bard, and Mark are the lead characters here and they band up together to find the persons who were abducted under mysterious circumstances.


The story shifts into 6th gear in the first chapter itself and leaves us in tenterhooks. I loved the fact that each of the characters were given equal weightage. They took collective efforts to uncover the mystery and the camaraderie they shared was admirable. There was never a slack in pace and it compelled you to finish the book in one sitting. It's packed with enough twists and turns to keep you invested. Keah and her friends showed a great deal of courage and fortitude to get to bottom of things. I expected them to chicken out at some point in the story, but they never did. Despite the numerous hurdles that were strewn in their path, they didn't crumble under pressure and were totally focused on the mission at hand.


A deftly woven story coupled with an amiable set of characters makes Pepperoni Pizza Pinching Chimps a gratifying read for all middle grade readers who seek fast paced mystery stories.

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About the author

I live in Australia. I write under the pen name Tracey C Ayres. I have degrees in childcare, social work and mental health. I use to write articles for local newspapers. I love to write stories for children of all ages, paint and I'm also a keen photographer. view profile

Published on December 01, 2019

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20000 words

Genre: Middle Grade

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