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Killer Pizza Paperback – May 24, 2011
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
This is a great horror novel with heart. Toby is a very likeable hero and the other two in his monster fighting team are likeable. The monsters are a combination of vampire and werewolf and nicely terrifying. The fight scenes are the best part of the book and action packed with crossbows and sharp nails and teeth. I read this book quickly and think that teen boys will really enjoy it.
Appropriateness: Aside from a little lying to his parents (and really would you tell your parents you were working for a top secret monster killing organization) there isn't any adult content or bad behavior in the book. Toby is a nice kid who has good values, respects his parents and works hard. There is no romance at all to turn off those who don't like romance. I would recommend this book to teens 11+ and this will be one of my top recommends for teen boys. The lexile is 770 putting it at a fifth grade reading level.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 12 year old son thought it was good. Not too scary to give nightmares.Published 17 months ago by maria mihailos
Fourteen year old me would have absolutely loved this book! (Older me dug it, too.) It captured the spirit of being a high schooler out of school for the summer just like I wanted... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Val O. Morris - author of Zombie Boy and Monster Girl series
Read this for our schools annual battle of the books. I was pleasantly surprised at the quality of writing. And, it was scarier than I thought it would be. Read morePublished 21 months ago by thehowardcrew
Awesome book I hope everybody reads Pizza Killer series and I hope everybody likes The Pizza Killer series. My name is Keaton I like this book and I hope u will like it.Published 22 months ago by Keaton the amazing gamer
I had bought this in the hopes that it was more comedy than just a bunch of kids running around trying to solve a problem they were too inexperienced to handle. Read morePublished on July 18, 2014 by B
I love scary books but day I found this book "Killer Pizza" so I read it and it sucked terribly BAD!
DON'T READ IT!
I just checked this one out because I liked the concept, but for me it was terrible. I'm not going to give it a bad review, because I'm not the target audience (I'm 27, and this... Read morePublished on November 27, 2013 by troublef
this is an exelent book for monster- and pizza-lovers. even though i'm not really into horror stories (or movies) this book was exelent.Published on July 23, 2013 by chicken herder
I loved this book. I also love that there's a recipe for Dragon's Breath Pizza in this book. I found an awesome video of someone making it. Read morePublished on June 4, 2013 by T. anonymous