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Today, we're shining the book spotlight on the second release in a soon-to-be-trio of Middle Grade books that are sure to deliver the three M's: mystery, mishaps, and merriment! Okay, so merriment was a bit of a stretch but it will suffice for the smile that will be on your face after turning the final page. Without further ado, readers and readettes, make room on your wish list for today's book of choice...
About the book...
Hot off cracking his first official case, Frankie Dupont is on the scene when his new teacher takes ill. The pint-sized detective suspects a classic case of sour grapes, but the evidence leads him to the one place he wouldn’t mind avoiding for the rest of his natural life. Enderby Manor has a few more secrets up her sleeve, and as Frankie begins to unravel them, he uncovers a plot stinkier than a sardine sandwich. In Book 2 of the Frankie Dupont Mysteries, Frankie will make some new friends, upset some old ones, and of course, there will be lemon meringue pie.
Frankie Dupont is BACK and better than ever. This time around he's got a NEW mystery to solve that's a little bit...tangy. With the help of his partner Kat and his trusty sidekick Sherlock, he's determined to uncover just who wanted to take his teacher out of the picture...with a meringue pie. Dun Dun DUNNNNN! No, we're not talking a pie in the face situation despite the book's cover image. We're looking at a case of who added what to the pie and why...and the answers may truly surprise you!
Along the way, Frankie must use his super sleuthing skills to uncover who is at the heart of this mystery and it's not going to be easy. There are a lot of old faces popping up, some that are more devious than others, and a lot of doubts are being caste on those that seem above suspicion. Add to that a few characters afflicted with matters of the heart (something Frankie isn't well versed at) and the waterworks flying about manage to cloud his judgement even further. Will Frankie be able to see through all the false starts to stop what's REALLY happening before it goes too far? One would hope so, or it could spell the end of the Enderby Hotel....
I gotta say, I love Frankie's style! He wears vintage Detective like it's nobodies business. Aside from his wardrobe, this kid's got smarts and gut feelings that while perhaps not always leading him in the right direction, do manage to open door after door after door that can be followed to the solution. Good thing our lads persistant, no? It was also great seeing Kat again, this time in our own dimension, and Sherlock was a wonderful addition to their team. I loved how he was a part of the final revelations that occurred. Way to go Sherlock!
In conclusion, another great addition to this growing series that while aimed at the younger crowd, can be enjoyed by all. Definitely curious to see what happens in the next installment and if Frankie manages to overcome the achielles heel he's developed (regarding a certain someone's crush) or if it will be his downfall. Dun dun dunnnnnn.....
About the author...
With a background in paediatric nursing, Julie Anne Grasso spent many years literally wrapping children in cotton wool. Every day she witnessed great courage and resilience from the tiny people she cared for, which inspired her to write stories about a little girl elf just like them.
She lives in Melbourne Australia with her husband Danny and their little elf Giselle.
Escape From The Forbidden Planet is book 1 in the Adventures of Caramel Series so stay tuned for book 2, Return to Cardamom which will be released in 2013.
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Review copy courtesy of author Julie Grasso. (THANKS!) For more information on this title, the series, the author, the illustrator, or anything else that might have struck your fancy during this post, feel free to click through the links provided above. This title is available now, so be on the lookout for it on a bookstore shelf or virtual retailer of your choosing. If you haven't checked out book one, I highly suggest you do (CLICK HERE for my review!) and stayed tuned as book three, Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage, makes its way to store shelves next month! *adds to wish list*
Until next time...happy reading!