The Mystery of Mr. Nice by Bruce Hale
A Chet Gecko Mystery

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Most folks know him as the best lizard detective at Emerson Hicky Elementary, but it's not all knuckles and know-how with Chet Gecko. He's also got his artistic side.
If it wasn't for his art, he might never have been sent to Principal Zero's office, where he stumbled onto the mystery of Mr. Nice. Because whatever you can say about Principal Zero, one thing is certain: He is not nice. Until now.
Chet knows something is wrong with this picture, and he's just the gecko to solve this mystery. After all, who do you think put the art in smart aleck?
 

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 October 1, 2008 by HMH Books for Young Readers. 117 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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What with a plug-ugly new janitor, new Assistant Principal Clint Squint’s “PEN [sic] STATE” tattoo and a formerly sourpuss Principal Zero suddenly turned eerily sweet-tempered, there is definitely something rotten at Emerson Hickey Elementary School.

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Santa’s toys are missing, and this activity book prompts readers to discover the culprit by locating visual clues on busy digital spreads: “As Santa searches the stables, he finds something the thief must have dropped.

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Another Chet Gecko mystery by Bruce Hale unfolds in Trouble Is My Beeswax.

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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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Chet and his mockingbird partner, Natalie, find a suspicious class schedule: · Pocket picking · Robbery · Grand theft auto · Spelling · Advanced lying · Assault and battery Hmm.

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