I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R.A. Spratt, Phil Gosier
Published by Roaring Brook Press on January 19th 2016
When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country--and discovers it's a hotbed of crime!
Soon she's investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?
With black-and-white art throughout, this is the launch of an exciting new mystery series!
Friday Barnes is a character that amused me completely. I haven’t been drawn into a kids mystery in a while and I absolutely fell in love with the first in this new series. Friday reminds me of Matilda and Harriet the Spy rolled into one. She’s been forced to grow up herself and has exceeded becoming a genius as she has nothing better to do than read the thousands of books in her parents’ house. They are both brilliant, but have no time for her.
She also is obsessed with reading mysteries. When she gets the chance to help solve a real crime, she convinces her uncle into taking her to the scene of a bank robbery and finding out what really happened, in turn receiving a huge reward of $50,000. Friday decides to invest the money in her education and sends herself off to the most expensive and prestigious boarding school, where more mysteries await.
I loved the different characters, the slight romantic interest between Ian and Friday, both of them in hard denial. Ian has a grudge against her and you discover towards the end of the book why, although her friend and roommate Melanie convinces her there is more to his actions than their past. I found Melanie charming as well, being overly observant and saying anything that came into her head aloud.
I loved the plot of the Yeti monster in the swamp nearby school, which Friday ends up having to solve in order to get herself out of trouble and another free semester to boot. She finds herself in some hairy situations, but manages to use her wits and resources. I loved the way the whole book played out and enjoyed all the cute illustrations as well.
A fantastic start to a new middle grade mystery series that I will keep my eye out for more of!