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Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain: 08/10/15
Lunch Lady and the Video Game Villain by Jarrett J. Krosoczka is the ninth of the Lunch Lady books. It's school election time and Hector is running. Meanwhile, someone is stealing all the electronics at the school, including the ones kids bring from home, and worse yet, a new superintendent is making drastic budget cuts.
Whenever something went missing in this book I couldn't help but think that it was being put into some master June box. The June box is something teachers at my kids' school keep near their desks to house all the stuff they confiscate from kids. Most of the time parents get these things back the next day but the threat is always there that the things will be kept until the end of the school year. The solution though isn't a giant June box.
My one quibble with this book is that the A and B plots aren't very connected. Usually what Hector and company are doing is directly related to the sleuthing that the Lunch Lady and Betty do. This time, though, Hector's off doing a school election. Meanwhile kids are complaining about the missing stuff. And the Lunch Lady at the teachers are trying to cope with slashed budgets. It's all too much.