The Kids From B.A.D.

Stories by Allen Morgan

detective story collection

no illustrations

six stories - 128 pages


John, Mike, Ben and Sally have formed a detective club called the Barton Avenue Detectives. The following story is the fifth of six cases contained in this collection.

The Lunch Box Phantom (part 1)


"We haven't made an arrest for ages," John complained. "What's the matter with the crooks in this city? Are they on strike or something?"

It was lunch hour and the Barton Avenue Detectives were hanging around the schoolyard together. They were between cases and things were kind of slow.

"Maybe they're on vacation," suggested Ben.

"Crooks don't go on vacations," said Sally.

"Sure they do," Ben told her. "They go to Las Vegas and places like that to gamble. Or they go up north somewhere and fish without a licence. I've read about that in the paper."

"They're probably just lazy," said Jessica.

"They could be planning a big job," said Mike hopefully.

"Well, ff they are I wish they'd hurry up and get around to doing it," said John. "We've been waiting around for three weeks since our last case and I bet we end up waiting three more. I'm tired of waiting, it's depressing."

But as it turned out, the next case came sooner than John thought. Before five minutes were up a bunch of grade twos came over to where the detectives were sitting.

"We're looking for the Barton Avenue Detectives," said one of the boys in the group.

"The Kids from B.A.D., that's us," Mike told him.

"We want to talk to the Chief Detective," said the boy.

"That's me," said John, a big smile on his face. No one had ever called him that before. It sounded pretty good.

"My name is Billy," said the boy. "Me and some of the other guys in our class want to hire some detectives."

"You've come to the right place," said John, really starting to grin now. "The Barton Avenue Detectives are the best in the city. We're the best in the country actually. Some people even say we're the best in the world."

The grade twos just nodded; they knew it was probably so.

"You guys have a big reputation," Billy agreed. "We figured you were the best ones to ask."

The detectives looked very happy to hear it. All except John, that is. Suddenly he was looking very serious.

"Well, I don't know if we can take on any more work right now," he said with a frown. "We've got a couple of cases we're helping the cops on and it's kind of busy - a robbery, a couple of kidnappings..."

The grade twos looked impressed. "Gee," said Billy. "I didn't know you guys did stuff like that."

"Sure, we help out the cops all the time," said John. "We don't let out the details though, because it's all secret stuff and we work undercover. You won't say anything, will you?"

"You can trust us," Billy assured him, and the others nodded. "I don't know if you'll want to work on our case though. It's pretty small."

"Maybe we can squeeze you in," said John. "What's the trouble?"

continue on to part two of The Lunch Box Phantom story

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