Lunch Walks Among Us (Franny K. Stein, Mad Scientist)
Franny K. Stein is not your average girl -- she's a mad scientist. She prefers poison ivy to daisies, and when Franny jumps rope, she uses her pet snake. The kids in Franny's class think she's weird, wacky, and just plain creepy.
Tired of being stared at, Franny decides to attempt her most dangerous experiment yet -- she's going to fit in. but when a giant Monstrous Fiend attacks the class, everyone knows it's up to a mad scientist to save the day. But has Franny lost her creepy, crawly ways?
crusts, and the other kids, noticing this, smiled with approval. Franny took a bite and found it to be totally, completely, and incredibly . . . average, uninteresting, and no big deal. She had expected so much more. But her experiment seemed to be working, so she finished the mushy sandwich. At recess Franny suggested they play softball. She consulted her notes quickly and added, “I think it best we use a ball instead of a skull, or giant squid eyeball, or something gruesome like that.”
bread ready. They were afraid, but they did what she said, and they did it quickly. Being the only mad scientist around, she was the expert on unstable industrial waste, so she took care of that personally. Then Franny pulled a needle and thread from her backpack. “This will require absolute silence,” she said, and the kids watched her begin stitching the lunch meat together. Franny worked quickly as the kids watched in terror, occasionally handing her additional slices of salami or bologna
here.” The Lunch-Meat Monster waved and grinned proudly. “You’re the coolest, Franny!” the kids shouted. “You’re not scared of me?” Franny asked. “Well, it would be hard not to be a little scared. I mean, you did make a monster out of cold cuts,” one girl said. “But still, you’re our friend. And that makes it all okay.” “Friend!” Franny said. “Yeah, I am your friend. Just the way I am, just the way you are. Friends!” CHAPTER SIXTEEN WEIRD, BUT I STILL LIKE THEM They didn’t always like the
Potash The illustrations for this book are rendered in pen and ink. Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Benton, James K. Lunch walks among us / James Benton.—1st ed. p. cm.—(Franny K. Stein, Little girl mad scientist ; #1) Summary: Franny K. Stein is a mad scientist who prefers all things spooky and creepy, but when she has trouble making friends at her new school she experiments with fitting in—which works until a monster erupts from the trashcan. ISBN 978-0-6898-6291-5
ISBN 978-1-4424-9516-6 (eBook) [1. Monsters—Fiction. 2. Science—Experiments—Fiction. 3. Schools—Fiction. 4. Identity—Fiction. 5. Humorous stories.] I. Title. PZ7.B447547 Lu 2003 [E]—dc21 2003009362