Neil Flambé and the Aztec Abduction

Illustrated by: Kevin Sylvester
For Ages: 8 - 12
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A fourteen-year-old crime-solving chef finds mayhem in Mexico in this full-flavored mystery.

Teenage wunderchef—and budding detective—Neil Flambé heads to Mexico City to take part in the Azteca Cocina, a two-week battle of the chefs. But he’s off to an unsettling start: His box of secret ingredients contains a note that says his girlfriend, Isabella, has been kidnapped. He must lose in the final, or else she’ll be killed.

Fortunately, Isabella is clever, and the locks of her hair that accompany follow-up ransom notes have been saturated with smells to help him track her down. But even Neil’s keen sense of smell can’t tackle this case alone. He’ll have to delve into Aztec history, symbolism, and the ancient ruins buried under the modern city. And time is ticking….
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  • Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers | 
  • 320 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781442446090 | 
  • January 2012 | 
  • Grades 3 - 7
List Price $13.99

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Learn how to draw the fiery superchef Neil Flambe with Kevin Sylvester. Neil Flambe is a 14-year-old wunderchef. He can cook anything, and he brags that he can cook it better than anyone else. He's cocky, but he may also be right. Patrons pay top...

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It’s not a duel!” Neil Flambé yelled, rattling the pots and pans that hung over his head. People who heard Neil yell were often impressed by how well the fourteen-year-old chef could imitate a bullhorn.

Angel Jícama, however, was unfazed. He just crossed his arms tighter and narrowed his eyes.

“Neil’s right, Angel,” Larry said. “It’s actually more like six duels, spread out over two weeks.”

Neil glared at his cousin. “You’re not helping!” he fumed. He turned... see more

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