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Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco Review

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Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Anne Grasso


About the Book

Title: Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: March 29, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 100 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12

Summary: Hot off cracking his first official case, Frankie Dupont is on the scene when his new teacher takes ill. The pint-sized detective suspects a classic case of sour grapes, but the evidence leads him to the one place he wouldn’t mind avoiding for the rest of his natural life.

Enderby Manor has a few more secrets up her sleeve, and as Frankie begins to unravel them, he uncovers a plot stinkier than a sardine sandwich.

In Book 2 of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, Frankie will make some new friends, upset some old ones, and of course, there will be lemon meringue pie.

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Haven’t read Book 1 yet? Click on the cover below to grab a copy of “Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor”.



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My Review

I had been wanting to read Julie Ann Grasso’s books as I’ve been following her blog for a while at When I Grow Up I Wanna Write a Kids Book. I had the chance to read her second installment of the Frankie Dupont Series, The Lemon Festival Fiasco, thanks to a Book Blitz organized by Mother Daughter Book Reviews. I read the book in just a couple of days, as it is incredibly entertaining, easy to read and full of humor. As soon as I finished it I went to Amazon and purchased the first book (Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor), to get a better grasp at Frankie and the other characters in the story. I’m very glad I did!

Both books are mysteries; the first one is a fantasy type mystery… the second one is more like a classical Hitchcock-for-little-kids type of deal. On the Lemon Festival Fiasco, Frankie, who is the youngest licensed PI in town, goes back to Enderby Manor to solve the mystery of who tried to poison his teacher with a lemon pie… just to uncover a big plot to take over the Manor. I love Frankie’s character, as he is all boy and tends to jump to the wrong conclusions all the time — but he’s great at realizing he’s made a mistake and ready to go back and fix his wrong assumptions. All the characters in the book are very funny and a bit eccentric, and very relatable for younger kids. I told my 7-year-old daughter to read the first book too, and she devoured it in a couple of days as well. Now she can’t wait to read the second book! As a big fan of the Nancy Drew mysteries, my little bookworm loved Book 1, and I have no doubts she’ll love book 2 too. I, for one, will be reading book 3 soon!

*I was provided with a free copy of book 2 to facilitate this review by Mother Daugther Book Reviews, in exchange for my honest opinion*

Early Buzz About the Book

“This is a wonderful book 2 in the Frankie Dupont series. Just be forewarned that you will want lemon pie and lemonade after reading! The Lemon Festival Fiasco has multiple suspects and red herring clues to follow and solve while reading. Twists and turns will keep young readers engaged and thinking. This would be a perfect read for gifted education classes. Characters to love, and plenty of action! ” ~ 5 Star, Carolyn W., Amazon


* FREE * Printable by Wise Owl Factory

We are pleased to share with you a FREE Educational Supplement for Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco created by Carolyn Wilhelm from the Wise Owl Factory. These supplements are appropriate for grades 3 and higher and are recommended for a mystery unit and/or gifted education classes to help children develop higher level thinking skills. Please visit the Wise Owl Factory where you can download the FREE Educational Supplement for Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco as well as for Julie Grasso’s other books (or click on the image below to take you there).



About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne GrassoWith a background in pediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories to entertain them. A science fiction nerd (she even owns a TARDIS), cupcake enthusiast and lover of all things mystery, she lives in Melbourne with her husband Danny and their little girl Giselle. Most days she can be found sipping chai tea and dreaming up wonderful worlds that often involve consumption of cupcakes.

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About Erika

Worked in film and TV for several years before having my two wonderful children. Now I try to bring that creative input into my home to raise my kids. Hope you enjoy following this journey!
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  1. What an utter delight to read your review. Thank you so much for taking the time to read my darling Frankie. I hope you like book 3 and book 4 is coming very soon, hurrahhh

  2. Pingback: Book Review Blitz Wrap-Up: Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco by Julie Grasso | Mother Daughter Book Reviews

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