Mitch Spinach seems to be an ordinary kid, but his classmates have begun to suspect something. The notes in his custom-made, temperature controlled Nutripak lunchbox appear to have been written in code. While other kids eat their usual chicken fingers and pepperoni pizza, Mitch Spinach mixes up his meal in a battery-powered blender before their curious and envious eyes. He is the smartest, nicest, strongest kid in Ms Radicchio s class, but he often misses recess when he is called to Principal Lycopene s office. The truth is that his high-powered fruit and vegetable smoothies give him special powers, such as super-sonic hearing and amazing night vision to tackle problems and solve mysteries at Sunchoke Elementary. American culture is ripe for a new healthy, cool role model for kids. Parents will catch the allusion to their old friend Popeye, and kids will be asking for an extra helping of fruits and vegetables. Plus, what kid doesn t like stories about super-hero kids? With national campaigns like Michele Obama s Let s Move program and Jamie Oliver s Food Revolution, The Secret Life of Mitch Spinach is as timely as it is innovative. Every family, library, and elementary school should stock its shelves with the first adventure in the series, in which Principal Lycopene calls on Mitch Spinach to investigate a mysterious happening in the janitor s closet. What happens next . . . you ll have to order a copy and find out!