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Friday Barnes, Girl Detective (Friday Barnes Mysteries) Hardcover – January 19, 2016
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Gr 4–6—Nine-year-old Friday Barnes is used to being invisible. In fact she works hard at it. But when she uses the $50,000 she earned for solving a bank robbery in order to attend the exclusive Highcrest Academy, she discovers that her usual drab brown cardigans actually make her stand out from the other well-dressed students. She is soon noticed for another reason: her uncanny intellect and ability to solve crimes. Before long, she finds herself with a number of students willing to pay for her detective work, as well as her first nemesis: the handsome Ian Wainscott. Eventually even the headmaster asks for her help investigating sightings of a terrifying beast-man in the nearby swamp. The strength of this novel lies in its quirky, tongue-in-cheek writing style and pervasive humor. The characters are all delightfully eccentric, and middle grade readers will especially enjoy Friday's Holmesian analysis of the various crimes and the criminal's flaws, as well as the lengths she is willing to go in cracking the case (one episode has her trailing the school dog and sending his poop off to a lab in order to prove that he ate a fellow student's homework). The final mystery, focusing on the swamp yeti, is reminiscent of Scooby-Doo, with a surprise villain. The book ends with a cliff-hanger, followed by a teaser chapter from the sequel. Gosier's cartoony black-and-white drawings add appeal for a broad audience, although the vocabulary may make this a better fit for stronger readers. VERDICT A good choice for voracious readers who enjoy a blend of humor and mystery.—Ashley Larsen, Pacifica Libraries, CA
"With off-the-wall plot turns and small mysteries scattered throughout, this is the perfect choice for mystery fans with a silly sense of humor, and the cliff-hanger ending promises more sleuthing on the horizon. Gosier’s black-and-white spot illustrations add to the charming atmosphere. A sheer delight." ―Booklist, starred review
"Spratt’s (the Nanny Piggins series) effortlessly funny narration will keep readers laughing from start to finish."―Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Quirky, tongue-in-cheek... delightfully eccentric... A good choice for voracious readers who enjoy a blend of humor and mystery." ―School Library Journal
"Spratt begins this new series with a nifty, engaging protagonist who can keep readers laughing and help young geeks feel good about themselves... Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun." ―Kirkus
“Snappy and smart. [R.A. Spratt's] clever plotting moves the action right along. Everything ends with a giant cliffhanger, which will definitely leave readers ready for more.” ―BookPage
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I felt like the story was gender neutral and would be enjoyed by everyone. It looks like the book is intended for kids at a 5th grade reading level.
If your kids are required to earn AR points this is information I obtained from bookfinder.com
AR Quiz No. 180675 EN Fiction
Accelerated Reader Quiz Information IL: MG - BL: 5.8 - AR Pts: 6.0
Accelerated Reader Quiz Type Information AR Quiz Types: RP
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