Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies!

Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies!

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How well do you know the lunch servers at your school? Sure, they seem like nice people, but what if secretly they are something much, much weirder?
Best friends Carlos and Benny, who just saved their teacher from becoming a were-hyena, have been called upon to investigate the strange goings-on in the cafeteria. Why are the lunch ladies suddenly so grumpy? Why are the girls' meals different from the boys'? And what was that thing seen scuttling around the kitchen wearing an apron?
It's going to require a lot of courage--and more than an industrial size can of Raid--for the boys to avoid extermination in this buggy adventure.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • Hardback | 208 pages
  • 132 x 180 x 18mm | 300g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1484713249
  • 9781484713242
  • 3,305,945

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"The book has nonstop action, clear detailed descriptions, and a plot that's easy to follow. . . . a good introduction to the genre."- School Library Journal
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Amid police chases, robbery attempts, lock picking plus breaking and entering, Max, to his surprise, will discover what friendship and family really mean. This is a compelling read with warmth and humor. Illustrations add wonderfully to the suspenseful plot. Well recommended.--Childrens Literature
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About Bruce Hale

Edgar-nominated author Bruce Hale ( is passionate about inspiring reluctant readers to read. He has written or illustrated more than 30 seriously funny books for children, including the first book in the Monstertown Mysteries series, The Curse of the Were-Hyena, the popular Chet Gecko Mysteries series, and the Clark the Shark picture book series. An actor and a Fulbright Scholar in Storytelling, Bruce is in demand as a speaker, having presented at conferences, universities, and schools across North America. His acting resume includes regional commercials, theater, and an independent film, "The Ride". Bruce's book The Malted Falcon was an Edgar Award Finalist. Murder, My Tweet won the Little D Award for Humor Writing. He lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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51 ratings
3.69 out of 5 stars
5 25% (13)
4 37% (19)
3 22% (11)
2 12% (6)
1 4% (2)
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