Saturday, October 8, 2016

ARC Review: Friday Barnes Under Suspicion by R. A. Spratt

Friday Barnes Under Suspicion
Author: R. A. Spratt; Phil Gosier (Illustrator)
Series: Friday Barnes (Book 2)
Publication: Roaring Brook Press (August 9, 2016)

Description: Friday Barnes, girl detective, is... under arrest?!

Getting arrested was the last thing Friday expected after solving the swamp-yeti mystery at her boarding school. But she better clear her name fast! She’s got new cases to investigate, like a scandalous quiche bake-off, a decades old mystery buried in her school’s backyard, and why the new boy, Christopher, is being so nice to her.

More adventures and intrigue ensue in Friday Barnes, Under Suspicion, the second book in the illustrated Friday Barnes mystery series, starring a genius detective with the brains (and social skills) of Sherlock Holmes.

My Thoughts: This second Friday Barnes mystery has Friday at her quirky best. She is an eleven-year-old Sherlock Holmes clone. She has his genius and lack of social skills. Friday solves all sorts of cases in her exclusive boarding school from a quiche bake-off to a buried treasure.

I liked her friendship/rivalry with Ian who is vying for her for top of their class and for a scholarship too. But Ian has a rival for Friday's affections in new student Christopher who is being suspiciously nice to her. I like Friday's relationship with her roommate Melanie who has the emotional intelligence that Friday completely lacks. There friendship has lots of funny moments too.

The one thing that I, as an adult, am not particularly fond of is the way the adults are portrayed in this series. Most of them are clueless, lazy, and, in the case of Friday's parents, neglectful. The English teacher who has given the same assignment year after year plays into the buried treasure mystery but isn't a good example of teachers. Of course, the portrayals of the clueless adults add greatly to the humor for the middle grade reader.

All in all, this is a fun mystery series for middle grade readers.

Favorite Quote:
"You should make sure you enjoy every last moment of school, then," said Friday. "It is the last place you'll find where a person is scorned for caring about what they do and working hard to be good at it. Rebecca may well be an obsessive freak, but in the real world she has all the makings of a top-class gourmet chef, once she learns to swear like a sailor, that is."
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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