The Gnomes of Tucson
Randal and his friends are off for training to become real monster hunters. Training is full of surprises, but the biggest surprise comes when a small horde of gnomes overruns their dorm. It will take all their wits-and a package of wasabi almonds-to escape from the pizza-stealing, alarm clock-sabotaging, and friend-kidnapping monsters who can walk through walls. More
To sixteen-year-old Randal Regulus nothing is more important than his goal to be a monster hunter like previous generations of his family. To accomplish this goal he and his friends are spending their summer training in Tucson, Arizona, at the headquarters of the premier monster-hunting organization in the world: the Round Table. Their training includes martial arts, marksmanship and a class on how to fight particular types of monsters, but also includes academic classes like English, math and physics.
Near the end of summer, with final examinations looming, Randal, Kate, Grant, Kirby, and their new friend Gabriel get some pizzas and hole up in the freshman dorms to study for final exams. No sooner do they set down the food than small men invade the dorm seemingly from nowhere, tape Kirby to a chair, and steal the pizzas. The friends learn that the men are gnomes, monsters with unique abilities to manipulate the physical universe around them.
At first the gnomes are a mere nuisance, but the situation quickly escalates when the gnomes kidnap Gabriel and hold him for ransom. It will take all of the wits and ingenuity Randal can muster to rescue Gabriel and escape from monsters that can literally walk through walls.
The Gnomes of Tucson is the second book in the Randal Regulus, Monster Hunter series.