Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Frankie Dupont and Science Fair Sabotage, by Julie Anne Grasso

Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage, by Julie Anne Grasso
2015, 127p, Middle-grade mystery
My Rating=5 Stars
Source: Received a copy from the author for an honest review

Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy's brothers have had their robotics chip stolen.

Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive.

When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case.

An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12

This is the third book in this series and it's my favorite one so far! Frankie attends a Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. He's not thrilled, but once he gets there, there's a mystery to solve! 

Amy's brothers, Angus and Archie, have been sabotaged. Their robotics chip for their project was taken as payback for something they did. As Frankie starts his interviews, we learn that Angus and Archie have played lots of pranks so there are plenty of suspects! The prize is $300 and two science camp tickets so there are plenty of reasons why someone might not want them to win. 

It was fun to follow Frankie's investigation into who stole the chip. He's serious about becoming a detective and since he's so young, some adults don't really take him seriously. Frankie is determined to prove he is capable of figuring out what happened. He follows the clues no matter where they will lead him in the end. 

These books are quick and fun to read. They are perfect for young readers who enjoy mysteries and quirky characters. The first two books dealt with Enderby Manor and some of those characters are mentioned in this one but it mainly deals with the children at the science fair. This is a series I have enjoyed reading and am looking forward to reading his next adventure, which takes place on a luxury cruise liner!

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.


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