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Product Details

  • Age Range: 10 - 14 years
  • Grade Level: 5 - 9
  • Series: Killer Pizza
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Square Fish; Reprint edition (May 24, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312674856
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312674854
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.3 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #117,863 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5–8—Taylor delivers some fun, frightful fare in this high-concept debut novel. Fourteen-year-old Toby Magill, a closeted Food Network junkie, gets a summer job flipping dough at Killer Pizza. Hoping to learn some cooking skills, Toby is optimistic about his new position, and he instantly bonds with his two coworkers. However, the teens soon discover that the establishment is actually a front for a secret monster-hunting organization, and they are the newest recruits. Their focus shifts from making pizza to weapons training and stakeouts as they try to uncover the leader of a pack of grotesque monsters that can transform into human shape and are preying on innocent people. Clearly, this is not the job for which Toby applied. Always the underdog, he has to muster up the courage to take on these frightening creatures. The descriptions are creepy, but never over-the-edge gory. The author's screenwriting background is evident in the plotting of the nonstop action sequences that lead up to the satisfying conclusion. A delectable choice for horror fans as well as reluctant readers.—Kimberly Garnick Giarratano, Rockaway Township Public Library, NJ END --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Taylor keeps the action coming at a brisk pace…a fun diversion.”—Publishers Weekly

“A delectable choice for horror fans as well as reluctant readers.”—School Library Journal

“A monster is roaming the nights in Hidden Hills, Ohio. But why worry about monsters when you can sink your teeth into a Killer Pizza? Greg Taylor serves up a hot slice of horror that I couldn’t put down!”—R.L. Stine

“This much-needed book definitely fills a gap in horror stories for young readers left by the end of the Goosebumps series.”—VOYA

More About the Author

I was born in Pittsburgh, PA and grew up in Pleasant Hills, a
suburb south of the city, which is the inspiration for Hidden
Hills, the setting for my Killer Pizza series. The KP series
continues with Killer Pizza: Vampire Stakes, once again starring
the monster-fighting trio of Toby Magill, Annabel Oshiro and
Strobe (aka Gordon Tibbles).

When not writing Killer Pizza stories, I love to read, watch
movies, go for meditative walks, add to my 45 vinyl and book
collections and - last but not least - spend time with my family.
Once a year - usually - I return to Pittsburgh, home of the
Terrible Towel, an endlessly enjoyable and distinctive dialect,
and of course George Romero's famous zombies.

Check out more information at www.gregtaylorwriter.com

Killer Pizza Book Series is on Facebook!

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On top of fighting monsters, Toby comes up with a new pizza recipe...named Dragon Breath.
Barbara Bell
This is Greg Taylor's first novel and I applaud him for the book that I have read countless times just so I can re-live the reality that this book puts on the table.
Spencer Hammond
The first chapter or so of the story had me feeling very distant from the characters and I worried I may be bored with the story.
Pacey1927

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By John Williamson TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover Vine Customer Review of Free Product ( What's this? )
The title alone on Greg Taylor's new novel Killer Pizza was enough to raise my interest, then I almost passed on it. Now I'm glad that I got it. It's a book that's really geared for young adults, and must admit that it's as darkly engaging as any book by R.L Stine.

Really got it for my son, who's in his early teens. The story revolves around 14 year old Toby, who finds himself working at his town's new Pizza parlor along with his co-workers Strobe and Annabel. But Toby soon discovers that the pizzeria is a front for a clandestine monster-hunting organization. Before long they find themselves some dangerous nocturnal monsters that are a combination between vampire, werewolf and gargoyle... and these creatures are intelligent, too.

This is a fine good versus evil tale, and is fast paced, yet entertaining. Author Greg Taylor does a good job describing the scenes, and all in all, it's a good read, especially for the 12- or 13-year-old who doesn't suffer from nightmares. The vocabulary is right in line for the average junior high level reader, though some may consider the content to be a bit more violent and intense than they would expect. But for a mature early teen, it's a great read.

My son and I both give this one a 5-star rating, and will be looking for Greg Taylor's next book. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on June 18, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Toby thought he was getting a summer job and that it might conveniently give him some needed experience for his future dream job as a chef in his own restaurant. Little did he know what applying at and scoring a job at Killer Pizza would mean.

Two other teens, Annabel and Strobe, start training at Killer Pizza at the same time as Toby. A fourth teen, named Doug, seems like a reluctant future employee when he arrives to join their team. The training is intense as the four teens learn recipes, oven skills, and the general rules involved in working for the popular pizza joint. They seem like a pretty good team except for Doug. He just doesn't seem that into it.

During the early weeks at Killer Pizza, Toby gets home pretty beat, and when some spectacular nightmares start interrupting his sleep, he's unnerved. The dreams seem so real, and the glimpses of a terrifying monster he experiences soon take on a meaning he never imagined possible.

The innocent summer job turns out to be a cover operation for a group of monster hunters. Disinterested Doug turns out to be Harvey, the head of the whole operation. Toby, Annabel, and Strobe are being recruited as MCO's - Monster Combat Officers. Their employment at Killer Pizza has been a test to determine their suitability as candidates for the MCO Academy.

As soon as their participation begins, they learn that monsters really do exist. In fact, their small town may be infested with hideous monsters known as guttata. Disguised as humans, these guttata are attacking and infecting innocent citizens with the hope of taking over the place.

What follows is a fabulous monster hunt complete with crossbows, explosive devices, deadly talons and fangs, and intense battle scenes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RPK VINE VOICE on March 7, 2009
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I never thought I would be reviewing a book called Killer Pizza. Seriously, I told someone I was reading this book the other day and they thought I was joking. That alone, makes this light-YA read worth the price alone.

Killer Pizza reminds me of so many things mixed together. It reminded me of R.L Stine's Fear Street series, that I used to read religiously as a pre-teen/middle schooler. It also reminded me a bit of B-movies you could catch late at night on cable. It's a completely cheesy, fun, action filled book that will delight most young (and even some older!) readers who occasionally find themselves yearning for a good monster-tale.

The story revolves around 14 year old Toby, who finds himself working at his town's new Pizza parlor. Toby is a great, somewhat stereotypical protagonist. He is a good kid, who does the right thing and reminds you of kids you grew up around that you might have hung out with at one point or another. He's a relatable guy and that's a great thing in a story aimed at teens/younger readers...they need characters they can feel close to....Toby fills this role well. Toby's kitchen-work soon gets dicey when he finds himself facing off against a slew of grotesque beasties with his two fellow co-workers. It's a completely enticing and fun read and you should definetly give it a shot if you want something light and adventurous! I really enjoyed it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 5, 2011
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I don't get the School Library Journal's reference to this book as "high concept". It is a poorly stitched together amalgam of every ya thriller out there, without any life of its own.
You've got a bright popular girl, a cool athlete, and a sort-of-nerdy slightly neurotic hero thrown together. Because they are so good at working together to open some pizza place they are inducted into a super-secret monster hunting society for which the pizza parlor is a front. Then you get werewolf/vampires, martial arts training, over-the-top acrobatic fight scenes, and so on. There's no back story, no diversions, no development of anything. Just a pretty cartoonish headlong rush to the final confrontation between pizza employees and generic monsters.
All of that would be fine if you had any decent dialogue, any interesting characters, any twists or turns or novelty, or any attempt at anything other than just-barely-serviceable writing.
I think ya fantasy/adventure/thrillers are often better than adult escapist fiction because the ya authors try harder, take more chances, and show a lot more imagination. But sometimes you get a book like this, where an author just writes a mediocre adult thriller and then dumbs it down and shortens it for a ya audience.
So, with so many good ya titles out there, I just don't see myself placing an order for this one.
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