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The Gecko and Sticky: Villain's Lair

by Wendelin Van Draanen

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Reviewed by Sally Kruger aka "Readingjunky" for TeensReadToo.com

A boy and his pet gecko. It doesn't seem like the makings of much of an adventure, but imagine if it was a talking gecko with notoriously "sticky" fingers.

Dave Sanchez is a pretty normal kid. He lives in an apartment with his hardworking parents and his annoying sister. Life was fairly routine until the day his pet gecko announced that he could talk. He told some crazy story about helping three loco banditos in their get-rich-quick schemes.

Now he says he is trying to track down the diabolical Damien Black.

Sticky the gecko has a powerful Aztec wristband known for its superpowers. The catch is that the evil Damien Black has the power ingots that must be snapped into the wristband to activate its powers - invisibility and the power of flight - just to name a few.

According to Sticky, they must get to the ingots before Damien gets to the wristband and begins his plan to take over the world. Their adventure begins as they battle slimy snails, shrieking bats, and shrunken heads to gain access to Damien's frightful mansion.

This new series by author Wendelin Van Draanen offers fast-paced action and quick-witted humor. Dave and his sassy sidekick Sticky are sure to please fans of Van Draanen's earlier SHREDDERMAN series.

This is an excellent choice for boys and especially reluctant readers looking for fun and adventure. ( )
  GeniusJen | Oct 11, 2009 |
'"It happened one afternoon when Dave was home alone. Sticky simply crawled onto his shoulder and said, "Buenas tardes, senor!"
"What?" Dave said, looking at the gecko with wide eyes.'

Thus begins Dave and Sticky the Gecko's wild and adventurous relationship. Sticky, on the run from the diabolical treasure hunter Damien Black, outs himself as a talking gecko in the hopes that Dave will help him to get "that wicked ratero Damien Black"! Van Draanen's new series (a spin off of Shredderman: Meet the Gecko) is full of humor and adventure that will keep you turning the pages past lights out! ( )
  kaledrina | Jul 9, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0375843760, Hardcover)

Dave Sanchez is an average boy with an after-school job and a pet gecko named Sticky. All very normal—until the day Sticky talks. Sticky tells Dave a wild tale of a former life of crime, searching for Aztec gold with a treasure hunter named Damien Black, and of a magical Aztec wristband with shiny gold power ingots that will give the wearer super powers. Dave doesn’t believe a word—until Sticky shows him the wristband. But while Sticky managed to escape with the wristband, Damien Black has the power ingots. So the lizard and treasure hunter each have something the other wants . . . very badly.

Filled with outrageous adventures, over-the-top characters, snappy-funny dialogue, and a tongue-planted-firmly-in-cheek narration, this new series is sure to be a hit with young superheros everywhere.

Wendelin Van Draanen spent many years as a teacher before devoting herself to writing full-time. She lives in Central California.

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Thirteen-year-old Dave and his sidekick, a talking gecko named Sticky, try to retrieve an ancient Aztec powerband and its magic ingots from the evil villain, Damien Black.

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