Review: Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage by Julie Grasso

As a fan of Julie Anne Grasso’s books, I am pleased to be participating in the Book Review Tour for Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage coordinated by Mother Daughter Book Reviews.

About the Book

ScienceFairCover-CropHiTitle: 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.

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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

My Thoughts

Frankie Dupont books are such fun to read thanks to the smart, clever writing of Julie Anne Grasso. It’s all in the details with her books — both in solving the mysteries and in the subtle humor found throughout the stories. Here are some of my favorite examples of titles, names and phrases from Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: I Call it Recyc-bling (yes, that’s jewelry made out of recycled materials), Ms. Ubersyentist and Martian vomit-coloured earing. Beyond the kid-friendly voice, she includes lots of great science and technology throughout the detective action. In this book, cloning and Snap-Gross (photos that pop onto a smartphone and then delete within seconds) play a big role in the story. Finally, the characters all have their lovable quirks and child-like traits (they are kids after all) that make them both endearing and real. Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is another exciting book in this action-packed series. Recommended!

About the Author: Julie Anne Grasso

Julie Anne GrassoWith 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.

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