Queenslander Jenny Mounfield is a relative newcomer to the writing scene, but she has already created a niche for herself with her first two books, Storm Born (Koala, 2005) and The Black Bandit (Lothian 2006).
In this new book, Marty, Rick and Aaron form an unlikely friendship when fat-kid Aaron is bullied in the schoolyard. The three cruise the neighbourhood, visit the local billabong and hang out. When Rick targets the local ice-cream man’s van for a series of pranks, the boys are shocked at what follows. The ice-cream man stalks them via email and then mobile phone. Terrorised by a series of incidents, the boys know that the ice-cream man is coming — and he knows just where to find them. But they don't have proof of the stalking, and if they did, would anyone believe them? Nope, they’re going to have to sort this out themselves.
A multi-layered and entertaining read, containing a whiff of “horror” and which tackles issues affecting today's kids: bullying, family dysfunction, grief; mental illness and friendship, this book is likely to appeal to the upper primary to lower secondary school age group.
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