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 realises 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 realises his stomach is yet to find its sea legs. An illustrated mystery for ages 8-12
Frankie Dupont mysteries are such fun adventures for young readers. Here’s a link to one of my previous reviews of Grasso’s series.
Grasso does a detailed writing job of creating a very mysterious atmosphere in the book’s setting; this adventure is set on a cruise headed to Antarctica. Frankie’s father is hired to investigate competitive chocolatier’s who may want to take Madame Fontaine’s famous recipe. Maddie, Madame Fontaine’s grand-daughter, who has her own mystery to solve. Underlying each mystery is the description of chocolate because Madame Fontaine is a famous chocolatier, and Maddie hopes to become one as well. While Frankie and his father work to solve the mysteries which seem to be linked, the reader gets much description of chocolate and chocolate consumption by the characters. As a reader, I certainly enjoyed all of the yummy description, and I believe younger readers would really enjoy all of the action and mystery of the plot. Frankie is a good-natured and smart detective. The mystery of the book is quite simple in such a way that younger readers (8-10) can easily hump in and use their critical thinking skills to solve it. Recommend this fun, adventurous book in the Dupont series!
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.