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Honoring lunch ladies, those who nourish souls

Jarrett Krosoczka, a Northampton children’s book author and illustrator, was visiting his old elementary school in Worcester a few years ago when he bumped into a woman named Jean Cariglia, who used to be his lunch lady.

From that chance encounter grew Krosoczka’s popular “Lunch Lady” series of graphic novels about a school cafeteria worker who fights crime with spatulas and other kitchen gadgets. (Slogan: “Serving justice! And serving lunch!”) The books have won two Children’s Choice Book Awards, sold 350,000 copies, and been optioned by Universal Pictures for a live action film starring Amy Poehler as Lunch Lady.

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