About the Books
Title: Frankie Dupont and The Science Fair Sabotage | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: May 11, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 134 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: 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 realizes it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case. An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12.
Title: Frankie Dupont and High Seas Heist | Author: Julie Anne Grasso | Illustrator: Alexander Avellino | Publication Date: July 6, 2015 | Publisher: Independent | Pages: 148 | Recommended Ages: 8 to 12
Summary: Frankie Dupont seems to catch odd-ball cases in the most unlikely places. You would think he would be used to it by now. When his next case lands him on a luxury cruise liner full of devious chocolatiers with ulterior motives, Frankie will be expected to solve the crime, even before it’s committed. Although his mind is certainly up for the challenge, Frankie realizes his stomach is yet to find its sea legs.
An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12
The Science Fair Sabotage
In the third book of the Frankie Dupont series, Frankie returns to the Enderby Mansion again to solve a mystery: the Appelby twins’ entry to the science fair has been sabotaged! An apparently classic Hitchcockian whodunit plot, this book gives us a little twist: ALL the participants of the science fair seemingly have true motives to want the twins out of the competition. The slapsticky quartet of young investigators (headed by Franky, and followed by the girls and Sherlock, the dog) interview everyone and try and find who had the means, as well as the motive, to commit the crime. Lighthearted and fun, this read is perfect for the younger crew. As an adult reader I’m missing a bit of the fantasy and the weaved-in sweets and pastries of the former two books of the series, but I’m certain the intended audience will enjoy very much all the occurrences and tech-savvy gadgets listed in this adventure. I, for one, do hope that “snap-goss” messages are a figment of Ms. Grasso’s imagination!
High Seas Heist
In the fourth book of the series, we start the adventure once more at Enderby’s mansion, but this time the entire young squad of mini-detectives (plus dog) ends up being uprooted from the manor’s grounds and sets sail towards Antartica in a sumptuous line cruise ship. The task is ultra-secret and a double-mystery too… Frankie and his Dad are on board to prevent a heist from happening, while Frankie and his friends are recruited by the orphan granddaughter of the ship’s owner to unravel a family mystery. In an adventure full of quirky characters, we return again to the staple of the series of working out the sweetness and the cooking into the main plot, as the cruise ship and the mystery both revolve around chocolate, chocolatiers and findings of secret ingredients for making the most amazing chocolate in the world. I particularly enjoyed this book, as it has a bit of everything: humor, gadgets, mystery and the never-failing Frankie-jumping-to-conclusions that ends up muddling the case before it solves it. I, for one, am looking forward to seeing what the next mystery will bring!
NOTE: I was provided with a free copy of both books in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are mine.
The Buzz About the Books
Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: “These books are quick and fun to read. They are perfect for young readers who enjoy mysteries and quirky characters. ” ~ Melanie, Amazon
Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: “
Like the other books in this series, this is a story written and aimed at kids. The fantasy, thoughts and plot are laid out with lots of love just for this age group, and I think kids will enjoy this completely.” ~ Tonja D., Amazon
Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: “This fast paced, funny book is sure to thrill and entertain your middle grade reader.” ~ Susan, Amazon
Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist: “With each book, the author manages to think up a completely new, fun, and smart adventure for kids. I’d recommend this to any middle-grade story-lover, especially if they value friendship, perseverance, and learning new things.” ~ Ilana, Amazon
About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso
With a background in paediatric 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.