The Drained Brains Caper

Book 1

From the Series Chicagoland Detective Agency

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 8   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 4

Raf knows Megan is trouble from the moment she steps into his mom’s pet food store asking for a tarantula. But there’s one thing you can count on in Chicagoland: weird things happen several times a day.

Megan is a vegetarian, manga-reading haiku writer. She definitely doesn’t fit in at Stepford Academy, her new summer school. The other students are happy to be in class. Too happy. And everyone looks and acts exactly alike. That’s weird.

Megan is determined to dig into Stepford’s secrets, but soon she’s in way too deep. Raf may be the only human being she knows who can help. But with zombified students, very mad scientists, and the school psychiatrist on their trail, they’re going to need a whole lot more help.

We did say that Chicagoland is weird. . .

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978-0-76135-635-6
$6.95 $6.95
978-0-76136-224-1
$43.99 $32.99
978-1-51241-748-7
$53.32 $39.99
Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 8
Reading Level Grade 4
Genre Fiction, Graphic Novels
Copyright 2010
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Graphic Universe ™, Lerner Digital ™
Language English
Number of Pages 64
Publication Date 2010-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 3.3
BISACS JUV028000, JUV008000
Dewey [Fic]
Graphics 1-color illustrations
Lexile 570
Guided Reading Level Q
ATOS Reading Level 3.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 138144
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Author/Illustrator biography, Endnote, Original artwork, Reviewed, and Teaching Guides

Reviews

Library Media Connection

“The crisp black and white artwork is appealing, and the writing is just edgy enough to entice middle-schoolers.” —Library Media Connection

School Library Journal

“Though it is full of sophisticated references, this inventive, playful story should appeal to tween readers. Diverse characters and assured, accessible cartoon-style illustrations make it a promising start to a new series.” —School Library Journal

VOYA

“Fast-paced mystery, likeable characters, and zombies equal a strong start to this new graphic novel series from writer Trina Robbins and artist Tyler Page.” —VOYA

Booklist

“Page’s black-and-white cartooning has a loose manga slant, with peppy goofiness popping out from stippled screen tones. . . . Heroic zaniness abounds, and in the end, Megan, Raf, and Bradley the dog decide to jump into the private-eye business. There’s little doubt readers will happily jump with them.” —Booklist

Illustrator: Tyler Page

Tyler Page is an Eisner-nominated and Xeric Grant-winning artist and educator. He illustrated the Graphic Universe series The Chicagoland Detective Agency. He lives in Minneapolis with his wife, author/illustrator Cori Doerrfeld, and their two children.

Author: Trina Robbins

Writer and feminist herstorian Trina Robbins has been writing books, comics, and graphic novels for over 30 years. Her most recent books are The Brinkley Girls (Fantagraphics) and Forbidden City: the Golden Age of Chinese Nightclubs (Hampton Press). Her newest graphic novel is the three-part YA series Chicagoland Detective Agency for Graphic Universe™.

Lerner eSource™ offers free digital teaching and learning resources, including Common Core State Standards (CCSS) teaching guides. These guides, created by classroom teachers, offer short lessons and writing exercises that give students specific instruction and practice using Common Core skills and strategies. Lerner eSource also provides additional resources including online activities, downloadable/printable graphic organizers, and additional educational materials that would also support Common Core instruction. Download, share, pin, print, and save as many of these free resources as you like!

Chicagoland Detective Agency

Raf Hernandez knows Megan is odd from the moment she walks into his mom’s pet supply store asking for a tarantula. That’s weird, but in Chicagoland, weird things happen several times a day. Megan Yamamura is a vegetarian manga-reading haiku artist, and she doesn’t fit… View available downloads →