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Sinister Substitute (The Gecko and Sticky #1)

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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
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published January 12th 2010 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published December 15th 2009)
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The Gecko & Sticky are two of the most hilarious characters I have ever come across in literature. Sticky is the actual gecko and the “Gecko” is the superhero moniker of Sticky’s 13-year-old friend, Dave Sanchez. Confused? It makes sense when you read the book, whose tongue-in-cheek narrative style is full of asides and inside jokes for the reader.

The Gecko and Sticky actually make their first appearance within the pages of van Draanen’s four book Shredderman series–which I also highly recom
Nov 30, 2013 Jay rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, 2013
This was the funniest one so far, and I thought the prank used on the substitute teacher was genius, because it is exactly what could happen, it shows the consequences, and it became key to the plot. Plus, it was really really funny.

This installment from the series made me laugh aloud multiple times.
Oct 23, 2014 Emily rated it it was ok
Shelves: audiobook
I wanted to love this, but the fact that I turned off the book and turned on the radio after a few minutes of listening several times...can't be ignored. I loved the alliteration and the story was ok, it just didn't suck me in. Also I thought it was the first book in the wasn't.
Feb 24, 2010 Tanairis rated it did not like it
this book was weird to me it had some werid words that i could'nt understand
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it was ok lots of movement and description pretty good book
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Van Draanen was born in Chicago, Illinois. One of her early influences was Dandelion Wine . According to the author, the book was "about the magic of growing up and [it] reminded me of all the wonderful mischief my brothers and I got into when we were young." Bradbury's work inspired Van Draanen to write How I Survived Being a Girl, which was published by HarperCollins in 1997. Other early influe ...more
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