The Chameleon Wore Chartreuse: A Chet Gecko Mystery Chet Gecko Mystery Series Book #1 of 15 in publication order (switch to alphabetical order)
Author: Bruce Hale
Age Group: 8 - 12 years. Published on April 1, 2000. AR: Level 3.5 (2 Points, Quiz #41250); GLE: 3.7 F&P/GRL: O; DRA: 34
When hired by a fellow fourth-grader to find her missing brother, Chet Gecko uncovers a plot involving a Gila monster's revenge upon the school football team.
Some cases start rough, some case started easy. This one started with a dame. (That's what we private eyes call a girl.)
Chet Gecko loves a good mystery. Almost more than he loves his fee-stinkbug pie. So when fellow fourth grader Shirley Chameleon asks him to find her missing brother, Billy, Chet expects the case to be as easy as pie. But Billy's disappearance is part of a larger plot, one that involves the Rat Sisters, a riddling junkyard dog, and a vicious Gila monster named Herman. If Chet doesn't solve the case fast, the entire school could be humiliated. Worst of all, Chet might not get his fee. And Chet's hungry....
•The first book in a zany new series that combines mystery with humor •A hip, character-based story and amusing illustrations in a fun format for middle grade readers