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The Gecko and Sticky: Sinister Substitute Hardcover – January 12, 2010


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 860L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Gecko and Sticky (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (January 12, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375843787
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375843785
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,325,367 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover
On the surface, Dave Sanchez is a typical 13-year-old boy. He has an annoying younger sister, tends to be late for school, occasionally misplaces his homework, and sometimes gets sent to detention. But Dave is no ordinary teenager. He has a secret, a "life-and-death, get-caught-and-you're-toast" kind of secret. It has to do with his pet gecko, Sticky. Like other lizards, Sticky can hang around gardens and soak up sunshine while sticking to walls, but Sticky can do much more than that. Sticky can talk. Yep. That's right. Sticky is a fast-talking, wise-cracking gecko with a nose for trouble.

As if having a talking gecko isn't enough, Dave has an even bigger secret. He is also a superhero, all because of Sticky. When Sticky moved into Dave's apartment, he brought with him an ancient Aztec wristband. The magic wristband, when matched with a special ingot, gives the possessor super powers. With Sticky's help and urging, Dave can transform himself into a wall-crawling superhero. And Dave's superhero name: The Gecko.

Did I mention that Sticky and the wristband once belonged to an evil genius who is determined to get them back? Damien Black is a diabolical inventor, ruthless treasure hunter, and, above all, a master of disguise. Damien will do anything to get his hands on Sticky and the magic power band. On a scale of evilness, Ms. Veronica Krockle, Dave's science teacher, is a close match for Damien. Dubbed "The Crocodile" by her students, Ms. Krockle is an expert in strictness and sarcasm, and she loves to dissect frogs. In her nine years of teaching at Geronimo Middle School, she has never been absent.

So when she goes missing on frog-dissecting day, Dave and his classmates celebrate. At first, Dr. Schwarz, Ms. Krockle's substitute, is too good to be true.
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