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Mutant Mantis Lunch Ladies! (A Monstertown Mystery) (Monstertown Mysteries) (Hardcover)

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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.

About the Author

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.

Praise For…


"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


"Billed on the jacket blurb as the "climactic series finale," this third book in the School for S.P.I.E.S. series nonetheless leaves the door slightly ajar for further adventures in a possible spinoff, with Max now firmly teamed up with his father and Hantai Annie's identity still ambiguous. Keeping that hope alive will make the satisfying end to this series more palatable for fans who hate to let go. . ."—Bulletin of the Center for Childrens Books


"Between training exercises, Max's search for his father, secret missions, and double agents the action never stops. This book will appeal to both boys and girls. Characters are diverse and well thought out. The School for S.P.I.E.S. series will be a winner. Highly recommended"—Library Media Connection


"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


"Hale threads the narrative with colorful metaphors and throwaway lines and festoons it with high- and low-tech tools of spycraft. One character's sudden murder aside, the tone is mostly light, with family issues and conflicting loyalties (driven by troubling revelations about Max's dad) for added texture.This lightweight kid-spy romp should find some eager readers."—Kirkus Reviews
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484713242
ISBN-10: 1484713249
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: March 7th, 2017
Pages: 208
Language: English
Series: Monstertown Mysteries