Everything you need to understand or teach The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove by Christopher Moore.
The town constable of Pine Cove, Theo Crowe kicks a twenty-year drug habit about the time an ancient sea beast, along with the good intentions of the town psychiatrist, stirs the town into a lustful frenzy. Theo and his friends solve the mysteries and send the beast back to the ocean depths, while busting the county Sheriff for running a crack house. By the time the beast leaves, new love is blossoming everywhere in the town.
The novel begins with the death of Bess Leander. Theo feels that something is not quite right about Bess' suicide. His meager investigation consists of collecting Bess' antidepressants and asking Val Riordan, the town psychiatrist about the pills. Sheriff Burton reminds Theo to keep the death out of the news, and Theo obliges at first. Val worries that the statistical rate of suicide and antidepressants could mean many more deaths in town...
The Lust Lizard of Melancholy Cove Lesson Plans contain 136 pages of teaching material, including: