Cover image for Girl detective / R. A. Spratt ; illustrations by Phil Gosier.
Girl detective / R. A. Spratt ; illustrations by Phil Gosier.
First Square Fish edition.
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Square Fish, 2017.
Physical Description:
255, [27] pages : illustrations ; 20 cm.
General Note:
"First published in Australia in 2014 by Penguin Random House Australia."

"First published in the United States by Roaring Brook Press."
Eleven-year-old Friday Barnes discovers that her ultra exclusive boarding school is a hotbed of crime and soon she is investigating the disappearance of homework, stolen desserts, and a mysterious yeti haunting the school swamp.
Audience/Reading Level:
Interest age level: 8-12.
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SPR Paperback Junior Mystery Fiction

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"A must-have series for middle-grade readers." -- Booklist

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven-year-old girl!

When Friday Barnes, girl genius, 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?

Girl Detective is the first book in the hilarious Friday Barnes Mystery series.

Author Notes

R. A. Spratt is an author and television writer based in Australia. She is a graduate of Charles Sturt University with a BA in Communications (Media Production). She has written for dozens of different television shows. Her first book was The Adventures of Nanny Piggins (2009). She is the author of the Friday Barnes series. The first book, Girl Detective, is a bestseller. Book two of the Friday Barnes series, Under Suspicion: Friday Barnes, won the 2016 Davitt Awards for the best Children's Novel. The third book in the series is entitled, Big Trouble Friday.

(Bowker Author Biography)