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Episode 26 — Love Your Lunch Lady


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Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers

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Grades K – 5
Podcast Series Chatting About Books: Recommendations for Young Readers
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Duration 9:18
Original Air Date Published August 10, 2010

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Lunch Lady_CyborgLunch Lady and the Cyborg Substitute by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…the Lunch Lady? In the first book of this award-winning graphic novel series Jarrett Krosoczka introduces the coolest crime-fighting lunch lady you’ll ever meet. In an effort to secure the Teacher of the Year title, Mr. Edison invents a Cyborg Sub that looks just like the school’s favorite teacher Mr. O’Connell. The Breakfast Bunch (Hector, Terrence, and Dee) suspect that something is going on and decide to investigate. Luckily, and unbeknownst to them (until the end of the book), the Lunch Lady has their back. Armed with plenty of gadgets (spork cellphone, lunch tray laptop) invented by her sidekick Betty, the Lunch Lady manages to save the day!

Lunch Lady_librariansLunch Lady and the League of Librarians by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)

The Lunch Lady is back and ready to thwart another evil plot. In the second book in the Lunch Lady series, the librarians of the district have banded together to destroy the video game industry. They believe that video games are ruining the literary lives of students. Be prepared for some new hilarious lunchroom-themed gadgets created in the refridgaportal by Betty. However, don’t underestimate the power of literature and the determination of a group of stodgy librarians! Will the Breakfast Bunch and the Lunch Lady be able to unravel the evil librarians' plan in time?

Lunch Lady_author-visitLunch Lady and the Author Visit Vendetta by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2009)

When a children’s book author visits the Breakfast Bunch’s school, there is more up his sleeve than signing books because, oddly, after his visit the school’s gym teacher goes missing.  The Lunch Lady is back in the third book with her sidekick Betty and new zany gadgets. Together, they are on a mission to solve the mystery of the missing gym teacher and put Krosoczka’s meanest villain out of commission!


Lunch Lady_summer-campLunch Lady and the Summer Camp Shakedown by Jarrett J. Krosoczka (Alfred A. Knopf, 2010)

In Krosoczka’s fourth book in the Lunch Lady series, the Lunch Lady heads to summer camp for a much-needed vacation. She’s hoping to get away from her school full of crime, but much to her surprise, the Breakfast Bunch is there, and they need her crime-fighting help to solve a mystery involving a…swamp monster! Does the Lunch Lady have what it takes to fight this beast?



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author photoListen in as Jarrett Krosoczka spills the goods on his Lunch Lady series. Find out how he came up with the idea of the Lunch Lady and how he creates all the fun Lunch Lady gadgets, and hear him tell about the two newest books in the series!