The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse by Bruce Hale
A Chet Gecko Mystery

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Chet Gecko loves a good mystery. Almost more than he loves his fee--stinkbug pie.
So when fellow fourth grader Shirley Chameleon asks him to find her missing brother, Billy, Chet expects the case to be as easy a pie. But Billy's disappearance is part of a larger plot, one that involves the Rat Sisters, a riddling junkyard dog, and a vicious Gila monster named Herman. If Chet doesn't solve the case fast, the entire school could be humiliated. Worst of all, Chet might not get his fee. And Chet's hungry. . . .
 

About Bruce Hale

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Author Bio: Edgar-nominated author Bruce Hale (www.brucehale.com) is passionate about inspiring reluctant readers to read. He has written or illustrated more than 25 seriously funny books for children, including the popular Chet Gecko Mysteries series and the comics-novel hybrid, Underwhere, as well as picture books such as 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.Illustrator Bio: Brandon Dorman (www.brandondorman.com) received a BFA from Brigham Young University-Idaho and since then has created hundreds of illustrations for books and magazines. Some of his best-known works include the #1 New York Times best-selling picture book The Wizard; cover art for the Newbery Honor Book Savvy; the best-selling Fablehaven series; and the popular Goosebumps series. He is married and the father of three boys, including one named—appropriately enough--Max.
 
Published April 1, 2001 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 112 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meet Chet Gecko, fourth grade gumshoe: a private eye with a nose for trouble, a taste for stinkbug pie, and a detachable tail—all of which come into play in this hardboiled series kickoff.

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Comic actor Jon Cryer pays homage to classic movies with his hilarious take on fourth-grade lizard detective Chet Gecko in Chet Gecko Private Eye: The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse and The Mystery of Mr. Nice by Bruce Hale.

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Fourth-grade gumshoe Chet Gecko and his smart sidekick, Natalie Attired, search for a missing chameleon in the first whodunit, and follow up their suspicions that the principal is up to something in the second.

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The position of lead detective fluctuates between the private eye and his good friend Natalie Attired, the ""smartest mockingbird around."" This light, humorous fare offers a fairly transparent mystery that may not wow whodunit fans, but beginning readers especially will appreciate the offbeat, l...

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Hale paints Emerson Hicky Elementary School as a benign and comical, if bizarre, world with just enough goofy reality to make it stick, and just enough style to make it pulpy.

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