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Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril: 08/29/15
Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the eighth of the Lunch Lady books. It's picture day and the Breakfast Bunch realizes something isn't right.
I read this book right after finishing two Discworld books featuring a con man forced to go legit: Going Postal and Making Money. So having spent two enjoyable books thinking about "opportunities" made the plan here blatantly clear.
And maybe because this plot is grounded in at least a glimmer of reality, Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril is one of my favorites. Sure, it still has the sleuthing, and the gadgets, but the basic crime is recognizable and understandable.
And besides, who actually likes picture day? OK, sure, you might get out of class for a time, but you have to dress up in your best. And then you spend the day worrying you'll mess up your outfit or you're uncomfortable. And then no matter how hard you try to give your best smile, you end up looking goofy. Right? Well, maybe all that trouble is part of a conspiracy.