The depraved nemesis of middle-school superhero Dave (aka the Gecko), Damien Black kidnaps a science teacher, disguises himself as a substitute, and takes charge of the class in hopes of uncovering Dave's identity. Dave and Sticky, his smart-mouthed but trusty gecko sidekick, strike back by invading Black’s dangerous domain and causing havoc. Reaching a frenetic level of energy and comedy as the story’s tension builds, Van Draanen’s droll narrative is consistently entertaining. Gilpin’s cartoon-style drawings add their own eclectic charm, and his cover illustration of the demented villain should draw even more readers to the Gecko & Sticky series. Grades 3-5. --Carolyn Phelan
About the Author
Wendelin Van Draanen spent many years as a teacher before devoting herself to writing full-time. She lives in central California.
Stephen Gilpin graduated from the School of Visual Arts. He lives in Kansas.