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The Pizza Puzzle

The Pizza Puzzle

by Susan Beth Pfeffer
     
 

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Shows the value of friendships & the importance of accepting new responsibilities. Reaffirms the strength of family bonds. 7th-grader Taryn Powell knows her parents are fighting. But what can she do to stop them? At school she finds herself wondering if her fathers secretary is his girlfriend. The meanest teacher in middle school orders her to tell the English class

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Shows the value of friendships & the importance of accepting new responsibilities. Reaffirms the strength of family bonds. 7th-grader Taryn Powell knows her parents are fighting. But what can she do to stop them? At school she finds herself wondering if her fathers secretary is his girlfriend. The meanest teacher in middle school orders her to tell the English class exactly whats so important. The next morning Taryn is accused of pulling a terrible prank & has to prove shes not guilty & at the same time keep people at school from finding out whats happening in her home. She & her new friend Lexi set off to clear Taryns name. For young adults.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Take one spunky seventh grader, add two parents arguing in whispers, mix in one teacher on the verge of a nervous breakdown, and you have the ingredients of a not-so-tantalizing pizza puzzle. It all begins when Taryn is overheard dreaming up ways to get back at mean Mrs. Erdman, a teacher who humiliates students on a regular basis. Taryn decides to save her best schemehaving 10 pizzas delivered to her enemy's homefor use on a young woman named Lisa, who she thinks is having an affair with her father. While Taryn is hot on Lisa's trail, pizzas are delivered to Mrs. Erdman and Taryn, naturally, is the prime suspect. The overbaked plot does eventually straighten itself out, but long before the denouement, readers may lose interest in the cardboard characters and many will have already identified the culprit responsible for the confusion. While some readers may have fun following the twists and turns, a better brand of entertainment may be found in Pfeffer's previous works, such as Twice Taken and The Year Without Michael. Ages 8-12. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Taryn's parents have been arguing (although in whispers), and the seventh-grader gets herself in trouble at school and on the home front when she attempts to interfere with her father's alleged affair. A series of semi-innocuous lies escalates until she finds herself almost expelled from school and on the verge of losing her friends. All of the adult authority figures come out unsympathetically in this divorce anxiety story.
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7Seventh grader Taryn Powell's parents argue in whispers, adding to her suspicion that her veterinarian father is having an affair with his receptionist. When Taryn becomes distracted by these family problems during English class, the teacher, unpopular Mrs. Erdman, humiliates her in front of the class for refusing to reveal the source of her inattention. At lunch, Taryn and her friends talk boldly, but facetiously, of a mean prank that might be just revenge on Mrs. Erdmanordering six pizzas to be delivered to her house C.O.D. The real target of Taryn's vengeance, however, is her father's receptionist, and while she attempts to spy on the woman, someone else actually carries out the pizza scam. In a chilling scene, Taryn is called to the principal's office and subjected to a culprit's interrogation. Lexi Richards, a girl Taryn barely knows, lies to bolster her alibi, standing by her when her good friends fade away. Lexi later helps Taryn try to find the real perpetrator, but Taryn's troubles only deepen. The full truth finally emerges, including her father's admission of the need for marriage counseling, but not until after Taryn realizes that "Sometimes the truth doesn't count as much if it's surrounded by lies." The ending is hasty and contrived, with the class clown neatly baited into confessing his guilt, and Taryn's former friendships restored with no hard feelings. Nevertheless, readers should appreciate the satisfaction of seeing the underdog triumph.Susan W. Hunter, Riverside Middle School, Springfield, VT

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780440413912
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
08/11/1997
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.57(h) x 0.34(d)
Lexile:
590L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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