The Pasta Detectives
Andreas Steinhofel
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UK Price: £5.99
Format: Paperback
Age: 10+
Size: 198x129mm
Extent: 208pp
ISBN: 978-1-906427-27-6
Publication date: April 2010
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Rico is an unusual boy.

Sometimes he’s laughed at because he mixes things up in his head and he doesn’t know his left from his right. But Rico is brilliant at noticing the little things that nobody else does. Like a piece of pasta lying on the pavement. Or the strange goings-on in the apartment block where he lives. But it isn’t until his new friend, the gifted but anxious Oscar, is kidnapped that Rico gets the chance to put all his special skills – and tenacity - to the test.

Translation by Chantal Wright.

Winner of the 2011 NASEN Award for Inclusive Children's Book in the UK
Winner of the prestigious German Youth Literature Prize 2009

The piece of pasta lay on the pavement. It was fat and crinkled, with a hole right through the middle. Some dried-up cheese sauce and dirt were stuck to it. I picked it up, cleaned off the dirt and looked up past the old windows of 93Dieffe Street into the summer sky. Not a cloud in sight, and

"If you look at the story closely, you will find that one part of it is an adventure in crime, and the other part an adventure in friendship. Both parts are fun. But have a wild guess: which one do you think was most important to me?"

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