Review: The Case of the Loathsome School Lunches (Mina Mistry (sort of) Investigates #1)

Title: The Case of the Loathsome School Lunches (Mina Mistry (sort of) Investigates #1)
Author: Angie Lake
Genre: Middle Grade
Publisher: Sweet Cherry Publishing
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Format: Ebook
Release Date: September 29, 2020
Rating: ★★★★★


Goodreads Synopsis:

Being at school is boring. It’s really boring when you already know what you’re going to be. It’s really, really boring when you’re going to be something cool like a Private Investigator. Until then, Mina’s going to practise for her future. By keeping notes on all her classmates, spying on suspicious teachers, noticing every little―

Wait … 

Aren’t school lunches a bit strange? Chicken nuggets? Again? On Pizza? Covered in chocolate? Nobody wants to live on lettuce and broccoli, but children are losing teeth over this! This needs investigating. 

This looks like a case for Mina Mistry.


Mina Mistry keeps notes on her friends, family, and school. After learning about healthy food in class, Mina realizes that her school is serving only unhealthy food for lunch. The food choices are so unhealthy that students are getting cavities and the dentist is completely booked. Mina decides to investigate the unhealthy lunches at her school.

This is a great story to teach children about healthy eating. Healthy eating is an important topic at schools. It was ironic that the school was serving junk food while they taught the students how to eat healthy food.

This story was also quite funny. The school planned a fundraiser for their mailman, who needed money to pay for lawyer bills. He lost his hand from a dog attack in the past. Then, he was bit by another dog and the owners claimed that bite gave their dog food poisoning, so they sued him. That was such an outrageous story that it was funny.

The solution of the story was very clever. I didn’t realize what was happening, but it would probably be easy for a reader to figure out. I had missed one of the clues, but this mystery could be solved by the reader.

This is a cute middle grade mystery!

Thank you Sweet Cherry Publishing for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Have you read The Case of the Loathsome School Lunches? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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