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Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom
Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom
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Jonny Jakes Investigates the Hamburgers of Doom

by Malcolm Judge
Illustrated by Alan Brown

Meet Jonny Jakes, undercover reporter for banned school newspaper The Woodford Word. Nothing will stop his pursuit of the truth. Not teachers. Not parents. Not even detention. When a new principal arrives halfway through the semester, Jonny smells a rat. Teachers handing out candy? All-you-can-eat hamburgers? He's determined to get to the bottom of it, because Jonny Jakes investigates the same way he eats his hamburgers: with relish.

PublisherStone Arch Books
Age Level9-12 Years
Reading LevelGrades 4-7
SubjectMystery, Humor
Trim Size5 1/4 x 7 1/2
Page Count240



Imagination Soup - Melissa Taylor

"Johnny is the anonymous reporter for the tell-the-truth secret school newspaper, The Woodford Word. His latest investigation is the unusual principal, an alien who is somehow brainwashing the whole school and the parents and turning them into chubby zombies. (The title is a BIG hint.) He pairs up with a girl named Julie, his friend Norris, and an unusual drama teacher to find a way to stop the alien principal from fattening up the students to eat them all. This sounds weird but it’s actually a great story of perseverance, friendship, and old-fashioned investigative journalism." - Imagination Soup

July 15, 2016

Booklist - Suanne Roush

"Humorous and imaginative, the illustrations, newspaper headlines, and Post-it notes will keep readers of all ages up past their bedtimes to finish what, hopefully, is Jonny’s first adventure of many." - Booklist

February 15, 2016

Kirkus Reviews

"An investigative journalist saves his school from a fate worse than lunch. . . .Along with a side dish of butt crack, Brown serves up cartoon images of secret messages, headlines, revealing photos, and characters. Though it's a British import, the book's action has been relocated to Massachusetts and the text Americanized. Exactly what's to be expected when you take candy from five-eyed purple extraterrestrials." - Kirkus Reviews

January 1, 2016


School Library Journal - Ashley Prior, Lincoln Public Library, RI

"Jonny Jakes may not be the undercover reporter his school wants, but he’s the undercover reporter that his school needs. . . .A diary-style format interspersed with cartoon illustrations and clippings from The Woodword Word keep pages interesting and particularly appealing for reluctant readers. Full of action and colorful humor, this novel will have kids anxiously flipping pages to discover the fate of Jonny and his friends. VERDICT Jonny Jakes and his antics will keep readers more than entertained and keep this book flying off shelves." - School Library Journal

March 1, 2016

Malcolm Judge

Malcolm Judge

Malcolm Judge lives in a large Cumbrian village with his wife and three sons. When he's not teaching drama, he enjoys cycling and refereeing at the local rugby club. Besides writing, he still likes the idea of becoming an international film star when he grows up.

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