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Frankie Dupont And The Science Fair Sabotage (Frankie Dupont Mysteries) (Volume 3) Paperback – May 11, 2015
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About the Author
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 entertain them. She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elves Giselle and Henry. Hop on over to her website to find some fun book activities, or to find out how to #Skypeanauthor www.julieannegrassobooks.com 2013 Winner of the Gold Award in the Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2014 Winner of the Silver Award: Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2015 Winner of the Bronze Award: Wishing Shelf Independent Book Awards 2015 Winner of the Bronze Award: Preteen Mystery: Moonbeam Children's Book Awards --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
Shortly after they leave, Frankie gets a call from his cousin Kat and her friend, Amy Applebyto assist in solving a mystery at the science fair being held in Enderby Manor. Seven kids are competing in a science contest in which all the entries must be made from recyclable materials. The winner will receive $300 and a ticket to science camp. Seven contestants have employed creativity in projects such as a musical instrument made from drinking cans, Lego blocks made from Stevia, a balloon recycling center and cloned blue salmon. Upon his arrival, Frankie discovers that Angus and Archie Appleby’s robotic chip has been stolen while they were arguing over how to assemble their robot made from household items. Frankie has the scene secured and methodically proceeds to interview each of the contestants in order to collect clues and solve the mystery.
Middle school readers will enjoy the adventure as the clues are revealed by Frankie as he investigates. But things are not as they appear on the surface. Readers may be surprised by the end result of the investigation and the just rewards that follow. Recommended for Encylopedia Brown fans in the eight to twelve year old age range.
Sherlock is Frankie's trusty dog, and his behavior is very helpful as always. With only seven students participating in the fair, there are a mere five suspects as two are the victims of the crime. Frankie goes to work using his magnifying glass and other detective tools after the crime scene is secured by the teachers. Near the end of the book the suspects are narrowed to only two, but the final conclusion is surprising and exciting. I'm sure children will enjoy this story.
Perfect for gifted education classes who are working on problem solving and higher level thinking skills.
With speedy pacing and red herrings to keep things interesting, you'll soon realize that nothing at this science fair is what it seems—including the so-called victims. Some of the eco-ideas presented are actually very cool, and I wouldn't mind seeing them invented one day. Edible Legos, anyone? ;-)
Every character (and there are many) is unique is his or her own way. No cookie cutter people here! Other creative elements include a social media app where people send five-second messages--that erase themselves!
Small caveat: some of the vocabulary may be a bit advanced for the lower end of the age range, but nothing a grown-up can't help with.
This was my introduction to Frankie Dupont, but since I got hooked on Encyclopedia Brown in the fifth grade, I have had a soft spot for Tween detectives. The story delivers with clues and red herrings. It filled with larger than life characters who jump off the page and fantastic inventions that only middle graders would actually think up. There is nothing pretentious about this story and middle graders will enjoy reading about a science fair judged by Ms. Ubersyentist, and a police inspector named Inspector Cluesome.
This book is perfectly suited to its audience.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read this book to my 10 year old grandson, and he really enjoyed it.