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The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel.

The Pasta Detectives by Andreas Steinhofel, Illus. Steve Wells. Pub. Chicken House, 2010.

This novel is a gem! A real surprise. If you liked The Curious Incident of the dog in the night by Mark Haddon, then you will love this book.

Rico Doretti has learning difficulties. He calls himself a “proddity” a combination of oddity and prodigy. He lives with his mother in a block of flats in Berlin, he has no friends but relates well to the other tenants. He has a thing about words and their meaning and he makes a literal interpretation of things people say to him and this brings much of the humour to the story.

This novel is a mystery that Rico with the help of his first friend Oscar has to solve. There is a kidnapper terrifying parents in Berlin by taking children and ransoming them off for 2000 Euros. How can Rico, who probably has a form of Autism, solve this? Yet he does in a manner that will leave you spellbound.

Translated from German title Rico, Oskar und die Tieferschatten this will make a welcome addition to any school library and is suitable for readers of middle and Intermediate school.

Short easily read chapters with interesting black and white illustrations that enhance the written text, throughout the book.

You will think about this story long after you have finished reading it. Quite different.

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