The Curse of the Were-Hyena (a Monstertown Mystery) (Hardcover)

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By Bruce Hale, Bruce Hale (Illustrator)
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What is wrong with Mr. Chu? Carlos’s favorite teacher growled when smelling his oral report. Then Mr. Chu began to sprout hair on his bald head. Weird. Fourth graders Carlos Rivera and Benny Brackman head straight for their comic book store to research mutants and monsters. Mrs. Tamasese, former female wrestler turned comic store owner, encourages the two boys to try an exorcism. To say the exorcism fails is an understatement. Nice, sweet Mr. Chu laughed uncontrollably, insulted students, mocked everything, and tried to eat a live chicken. Yup – something is wrong in Monterrosa. Carlos and Benny’s favorite teacher seems to be turning into a were-hyena. How can two kids deal with this new version of monsters under the bed? With two days to go before the full moon, the two best friends need help. Think comic store owner. Think museum. Think fast!  This fast-paced, fun read will entertain both kids and adults. – Guest Reviewer Sandra Hale (no relation)

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What do you do when your favorite teacher starts turning into a were-hyena?
a) Flee in terror?
b) Try to cure him?
c) Bring him carrion snacks?
Mr. Chu, the coolest teacher ever, has developed some very unusual habits, like laughing hysterically for no reason, sniffing people's homework, and chasing chickens. When best friends Carlos and Benny decide to find out what's happening to him, they get caught up in some moonlight madness. And it looks like just the beginning of the weirdness that has arrived in the town of Monterrosa. . . . This first entry in a silly, sassy, and suspenseful new series will leave readers howling with laughter.

About the Author

Edgar-nominated author Bruce Hale ( is passionate about inspiring reluctant readers to read. He has written or illustrated more than 25 seriously funny books for children, including the popular School for S.P.I.E.S. and the Chet Gecko Mysteries series; the comics-novel hybrid, Underwhere; as well as picture books such as Clark the Shark, Snoring Beauty, and Moki and the Magic Surfboard. 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 with his wife and dog.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781484713259
ISBN-10: 1484713257
Publisher: Disney-Hyperion
Publication Date: July 5th, 2016
Pages: 224
Language: English
Series: Monstertown Mysteries