Dial M for Mongoose: A Chet Gecko Mystery

Dial M for Mongoose: A Chet Gecko Mystery

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by Bruce Hale

The pun-slinging, crime-solving Chet Gecko is at it again in this new mystery of fire and stink!

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The pun-slinging, crime-solving Chet Gecko is at it again in this new mystery of fire and stink!

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
The latest in the "Chet Gecko" series, this title features fourth grade detective, Chet Gecko, and his mockingbird sidekick, Nattily Attired. They go on the case when their friend, the janitor (a mongoose), gets blamed for all the trouble the school is suddenly experiencing: stink bombs, stolen food, fires, collapsing buildings, and missing students. Wittily (and cleverly) told in a parody of a forties detective novel, this book has more similes and metaphors than an overcrowded classroom crammed with students. Puns, and smart aleck, faux noir dialogue abound. Chet Gecko and Natalie narrowly avoid extinction as they snoop into places where they are not wanted and even the principal, a cat named Mr. Zero, tells them to lay off. The mongoose, speaks pidgin, which seems natural considering that many mongooses live in Hawaii; but the story seems to be firmly placed on the Mainland. The school is overwhelmingly multi-cultural; students rang from weasels to tree frogs. It is entertaining reading and should keep its targeted readers captivated. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
From the Publisher
Praise for the Chet Gecko series:
"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

Product Details

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
Chet Gecko Series, #15
Product dimensions:
5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)
530L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

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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