About the book:
Title/Author: Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage / Julie Anne Grasso
Genre:Middles Grade Mystery
Publisher: Julie Anne Grasso
Date of publish: May 2015
Recommended Ages: middle Grades
Purchase Links: Amazon Frankie Dupont And The Science Fair Sabotage (Frankie Dupont Mysteries) (Volume 3) / Goodreads / Barnes & Noble / Riffle / BookLikes
Frankie Dupont is the only soon to be eleven year old with a private eye in training certificate. He fits the part well with retro trench coat and fedora. On this day his parents are heading out of town for an awards ceremony and he is holding down the fort at his dad’s detective agency. He has been roped into going to a local sustainable science fair by his cousin Kat and her best friend Amy. It turns out that his presence is needed their after all, when it is revealed that Amy’s brothers have had the microchip from the robot project swiped. Frankie goes into full detective mode and investigates each of the other children competing. They all have reason to want to take the hi-jinxing twins down a peg.
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
Goodreads 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 realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case.
An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12
Author Info: http://www.julieannegrassobooks.com
With a background in paediatric 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 about a little girl elf just like them.
She has a degree in Nursing from Queensland University of Technology and has been published in her nerdy nursing specialty in medical journals, but her true love is writing about elf worlds that usually involve cupcakes. The new love of her life is Frankie Dupont, an illustrated middle grade series.