When best mates Lucas and Tucker win a competition to cook with celebrity chefs everything comes to a boil. Can they stir up trouble and serve the just desserts in time?
Set in the present day, EATS is a culinary adventure tale for children aged 8-12. It is full of twists and turns that will have kids on the edge of their seat.
Camilla Chester was shortlisted for the National Literacy Trust New Author Prize 2015.
“A rip-roaring Dahl-esq romp that will have kids gripped.”
“A delicious story with all the best ingredients - friendship, fun, adventure - and a bone-chilling twist.” Helen Moss, Author of Adventure Island and Secrets of the Tombs series.
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Camilla lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and two young daughters. She originally trained as a Primary School Teacher, has worked mostly in the charitable and voluntary sector, but now runs a small dog walking business.
Camilla has written children’s fiction all her life and uses her daily walks with the dogs to imagine and develop plot ideas and characters. Camilla obtained a distinction in the Open University Creative Writing Diploma and plays an active part in both an on-line and a local writing group. She believes strongly in the importance of reading for all children, to promote literacy, and open them up to new worlds of imagination and creativity.
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by Camilla Chester
Pub. Matador (2017)
A whacky tale that keeps you turning the pages. After a bit of a slow start, it’s a very entertaining read. Very commendably, the author brings in the topics of meat eating and endangered species – two issues that need thinking about by both adults and children. The story highlights the issues in a child friendly way that can open the door for a child to explore further if they want.
The plot centres on a ‘cooking competition’ that is won by two residents of a children’s home, one who can cook and one who can’t. It is around these main facts that the story is woven and involves an enforced stay at a creepy mansion inhabited by even creepier characters. Though at times there seem to be rather too many tired similes in the telling of the events, one has to appreciate that the book is for children, not adults and that for children they are not clichés.
Aimed at the 8 – 12 age group, the story would appeal to both boys and girls, particularly those who find the likes of Harry Potter too daunting in terms of both length and line spacing, but who enjoy a scary adventure set in Potteresque surroundings with Halloween type inhabitants. Being set in double line spacing, it is easier on the eye for children who are still gaining confidence in their reading independence.
As a teacher, I will certainly be recommending it to my pupils.
Review by Sally Wheeler