Big Monty and the Lunatic Lunch Lady
by Matt Maxx
Publication Date: Mar 09, 2019
List Price: $21.99
Format: Hardcover, 90 pages
Target Age Group: Middle Grade
Imprint: Homestead Publishing
Publisher: Homestead Publishing
Parent Company: Homestead Publishing
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Meet fifth-grader Merlin Montgomery, AKA Big Monty. Merlin navigates between his love of astronomy and his desire to be accepted by A’lo Jenkins, the school champion of yo’ mama jokes. In Big Monty and the Lunatic Lunch Lady, Merlin discovers that Mrs. Findlehorner has created a monster out of the leftover lasagna and fish sticks to attack the ungrateful students. He and his clever, polka-dot-wearing sister, Josephine, have to figure out how to stop her! Complete with science activities and vocabulary building fun, Big Monty is sure to please any developing reader.
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