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Around the World by Matt Phelan
A Boy & a Girl by Jamie S. Rich
Clementine and the Spring Trip by Sara Pennypacker
Cold Comfort Farm by Stella Gibbons
Down Under Donovan by Edgar Wallace
The Dumbest Idea Ever! by Jimmy Gownley
Expiration Date by Duane Swierczynski
Explorer 2: The Lost Islands edited by Kazu Kibuishi
Farmyard Beat by Lindsey Craig
The Fifth Elephant by Terry Pratchett
The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Mud-Slinging Moles by Maxwell Eaton III
Harry Kitten and Tucker Mouse by George Selden
Hildafolk by Luke Pearson
How to Make Friends with Demons by Graham Joyce
I Was the Cat by Paul Tobin
The Islands at the End of the World by Austin Aslan
Leo Geo and the Cosmic Crisis by Jon Chad
Lunch Lady and the Picture Day Peril by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka
The Martian by Andy Weir
Marx by Corrine Maier
Rust: Death of the Rocket Boy by Royden Lepp
The Sea, the Storm, and the Mangrove Tangle by Lynne Cherry
The Sixth Gun, Volume 1 by Cullen Bunn
Sock Monkey Goes To Hollywood: A Star Is Bathed by Cece Bell
The Stratford Zoo Midnight Revue Presents Macbeth by Ian Lendler
The Summer of Love by Debbie Drechsler
The 13-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
The 26-Story Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
Tune: Still Life by Derek Kirk Kim
Z Is for Moose by Kelly Bingham

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
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2 stars: OK
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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:

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.

Four stars

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