The Hunk Machine

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Key Porter Books, 2007 - Juvenile Fiction - 181 pages
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Salt & Pepper are back! And once again, the two reluctant teenaged detectives are thrown into the middle of a weird mystery. When a Hollywood studio chooses Riverbend as the location for their new western, Pepper McKenzie decides to try out for a role, and she drags her best friend, Salt, along. But it soon becomes clear that this is no normal movie shoot. The producer and his assistant act more like gangsters than businessmen. And the stars appear to be hypnotized--like zombies, or robots! Could this have something to do with the weird machine Salt spotted at film headquarters? When Pepper goes missing, Salt is forced to recruit little brother Hal and his buddies to help. Pepper finally does turn up, but she's not quite herself. Before long, the friends have uncovered a devious plot--one that threatens the entire town of Riverbend. Will they be able to stop it in time to save the day? Praise for The Salt & Pepper Chronicles : 'A new series about the outrageous escapades of two young girls begins wonderfully with a pair of well-written adventure stories, which young readers ' especially girls ' will find very appealing. Poulsen constructs genuine characters within the books ' especially in terms of the realistic and dysfunctional, yet comical, family relationships. Readers of The Salt & Pepper Chronicles will enjoy the plot and take pleasure in the interactions between characters. The thoughtful and deliberate manner in which Poulsen introduces and maintains the banter between Salt and her 'pain-in-the-butt' brother Hal, makes the books memorable. Poulsen's storytelling nature is a great mix of gentle suspense, combined with an amusing commentary throughout [the books].' ' Canadian Children's Book News

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Poulsen has been a rodeo cowboy, actor, college instructor, rock singer and high school football coach. He is a popular guest speaker at numerous schools and literary events throughout western Canada.

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