The pun-slinging, crime-solving Chet Gecko is at it again in this new mystery of fire and stink!
"Those who haven't read a 'Chet Gecko' mystery don't know what they're missing."School Library Journal
"Hold onto your fedoras; this gecko's going places."Kirkus Reviews
"A choice series for reluctant readers."Booklist
"The sleuth with the smart mouth shows no signs of slowing down . . . and should continue to draw fans like fleas to a dog show."Kirkus Reviews
Read an Excerpt
School-wide sabotage . . .
Jerry Dooty extended his cupped paws. "I found these on the floor in Maureen’s office."
We leaned closer. He held a bunch of little-bitty pieces of wood. Headless matchsticks.
"I thought they seemed a little . . . I don’t know, suspicious?" he whined. "Figured I’d take them to Principal Zero, see what he thought."
Natalie frowned. "You think he’ll think she’s suspicious?""
I think he’ll think she’s not thinking," said Mr. Dooty. "Maybe he’ll think she made the stink."
"The stink?" I snapped. "You think?"
"I think." Jerry Dooty gave an elaborate shrug.
"But who cares what I think? I’m just the assistant janitor."
Could he be right? Could my mongoose pal have sunk so low? I shook my head. Never in a million lunchtimes.
Mr. Dooty shuffled past us, droning, "But I’ll tell you one thing—"
Before he could finish his one thing, three things happened.
First, Natalie sneezed. "Ha-CHOO!"
Second, an eerie creaking, like the front doors to a thousand haunted houses, filled the air.
And third, with a loud FOOMPF! the one-story building next to us collapsed.
Meet the Author
BRUCE HALE is the author of Snoring Beauty, illustrated by Howard Fine, as well as the fifteen Chet Gecko mysteries. A popular speaker, teacher, and storyteller for children and adults, he lives in Santa Barbara, California.
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