Thursday, August 28, 2014

Book Review: Frankie DuPont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie DuPont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor, by Julie Anne Grasso; Illustrated by David Blackwell & Samantha Yallope
2014, 75p, Middle Grade Mystery
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Provided a copy for an honest review

When his cousin Kat disappears from Enderby Manor, Frankie Dupont jumps on the case. Bumbling Inspector Cluesome is convinced that Kat is lost in Myrtle’s Mesmerising Maze, but Frankie isn’t buying it.

He follows the evidence trail to a conniving concierge, a six fingered chef, a talking parrot, a mad maid and a shifty dwarf, and quickly finds himself in a desperate race to recover Kat before her time runs out…

An exciting new illustrated middle grade mystery series for children aged 8-12.

I was excited to hear that Julie Grasso has a new series out and think it’s off to a great start! She's also written The Forbidden Planet series, which is a middle-grade series I enjoyed reading. You can read my review here and check it out on her website here.

What a fun, quick read! Frankie DuPont is 10 and three-quarters years old. His cousin, Kat, disappears from Enderby Manor, a place that Frankie apparently passes every day on his way to school but has never seen. Frankie heads over there, realizes that it does indeed exist and is creeped out by it. He talks to his Aunt Rachel and when he finds out Inspector Cluesome is on the case, he’s not impressed and decides he needs to conduct his own investigation. The rest of the book is Frankie’s investigation. It was fun to follow his clues and see where he went and who he met and watch him put it all together at the end.

There are some fun illustrations throughout the book as well which add to the story and bring it to life. I enjoyed the paranormal aspect and know that it will also appeal to my 10-year-old daughter. Two thumbs up and I’m looking forward to reading more!

With a background in pediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to encourage and inspire them.

She lives in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf, Giselle.


Unknown said...

Oh my goodness this is soooo cute :)

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