Saturday 30 March 2013

Lightning Strikes: Disaster Chef

Lightning Strikes: Disaster Chef by Meredith Costain (Walker Books)
PB RRP $12.95
ISBN 9781921977794
Reviewed by Anastasia Gonis

Ollie is a sports champ with a room full of trophies. He’s the star of the family. His identical twin, Julian, is a quiet homebody, interested in cooking who is encouraged to enter a cooking show competition when a call out appears in the paper.

Ollie is no longer the focus of the family. He is so dejected when his dad decides to attend Julian’s cooking try-outs, that when the finals roll up he plays badly, pushes his opponent, and gets a suspension on top of the match.

As the cooking show progresses and Julian enters the final weeks, things begin to go wrong. Ollie, now an audience member each week, notices that sneaky Serena is sabotaging Julian in one way or another. But he has no proof.

It’s when Julian gets sick with glandular fever that Ollie has to step in for the finals. Will he pull it off? Cooking is nothing like sport. Most importantly, can he expose Serena’s diabolical actions?

This humorous, cleverly written and entertaining book could almost be seen as a spoof on what actually happens behind the scenes on cooking shows.  Meredith Costain’s sharp writing style adds pace and holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. It’s a great read that will appeal to readers of the 9+ age group, but also others who enjoy excellent books no matter what age they’re written for.

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