Monday, February 8, 2010

The Pizza Gang/Facing the Witch by Maureen Hume

Joe, Ben and Katie debut in Maureen Hume's children's novel, The Pizza Gang/Facing the Witch, and are a delightful trio attempting to solve the mystery of a long, lost hat and a love letter that went astray more than fifty years ago. Finding the sender is the first mystery, but the intended recipient is even more tricky. A delightful tale for ages eight to twelve, The Pizza Gang, first in a series of stories for pre-teens, contains all the concerns and humor inherent to the age, and Maureen Hume does an excellent job of bringing the children together. I will highly recommend this engaging tale to my pre-teen grandchildren and others of their age group.