Dave's most despised teacher, a gleeful frog dissector named Ms. Veronica Krockle, is absent. Her students are psyched! But Sticky is suspicious. Especially when the substitute teacher turns out to be strangely interested in geckos. Or rather, boys with pet geckos.
That’s no substitute! That’s Damien Black, dastardly treasure hunter and master of disguise!
If Damien Black is in school, does that mean he’s behind Ms. Krockle’s absence? Could she have been kidnapped? And does that mean Dave has to rescue her? Ay chihuahua! The capped crusader is (reluctantly) on the case.
From the Hardcover edition.
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|Title of eBook: The Gecko and Sticky: Sinister Substitute||Series: The Gecko & Sticky, , #3|
|Release Date: 01-12-2010|
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|Publisher: Knopf Books for Young Readers|
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The Gecko and Sticky: Sinister Substitute
A Doozy of a Day
The day did not start well for Dave Sanchez.
First, his alarm didn't go off.
Then his little sister, Evie, stubbornly stayed locked inside the bathroom (because she knew that Dave really, really, really needed to use it).
This was followed by several mishaps (including a frantic search for gym shorts, a stubbed toe, and a broken plate of scrambled eggs).
And (as if he wasn't running late enough already) his gecko lizard decided at the last minute to stay home.
"Come on, Sticky!" Dave whispered into the crack behind his bookshelf.
"I don't think so, se–or," the gecko replied. "That scary se–orita is making you slice and dice frogs today, remember?"
Allow me to pause here a moment to clarify something:
Yes, the gecko talks.
Let me also make clear right off the bat that this is not some silly story where make-believe animals act all cutesy-wootsy and talk to each other.
No, this story is quite true.
This gecko is quite real.
And don't worry--I won't be springing talking cats or dogs or cows or burros (or monkeys, for that matter) on you. The gecko and only the gecko talks, and that's because . . .
Well, nobody's really sure. Some people believe Sticky is bewitched or cursed or possessed or a shape-shifting evil entity who's plotting to ruin lives, but people are often fearful of things they can't explain. So let's get on with Dave's manic morning, shall we? It is, after all, in the middle of going from bad to worse.
"You're still here?" his mother gasped when she saw Dave crouched beside his bookcase. "You're going to be late for school!"
"I know, Mom!" Dave snapped,...