Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion, by R. A. Spratt

Friday Barnes returns in Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion, following up from the cliffhanger ending of the first book, Friday Barnes: Girl Detective. Life at Highcrest Academy is far from as peaceful, and as usual there are plenty of mysteries for this modern day female Sherlock Holmes to solve. Placed under arrest at the beginning of the book, Friday must prove her innocence, figure out the meaning behind the strange holes in the school field, and deal with her complicated feelings towards both arch nemesis Ian, and the new boy Christopher. Just a usual day in Friday Barnes’ life!

In book two, Friday is slowly getting the hang of making friends and learning that saying what you think isn’t always the best, but it is a very slow learning process for someone who is so intelligent! She’s still quirky enough to make this book as laugh-out-loud as the first one. She’s certainly a clever eleven year old, but Friday doesn’t always get the nuances of social interaction.

Friday’s rivalry with Ian is at its best, with Ian really going above and beyond to get Friday in trouble, and their banter is fun to read. Even more interesting is Ian’s reaction to Christopher, the new boy who has taken an unusual interest in Friday.

Those who enjoyed Friday Barnes: Girl Detective will love book number two, as we begin to learn more about the students and staff of Highcrest Academy. There is still much to discover about Friday and her life before school, but the cliffhanger of Under Suspicion implies that Book 3 will be a great opportunity for that.

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TITLE: Friday Barnes: Under Suspicion
AUTHOR(S): R. A. Spratt
PUBLISHER: Penguin Random House
RRP: $19.99
ISBN: 9781742759647

JJ is a writer by night, & a Product Manager by day. She loves young adult and children’s fiction and is the co-founder of NZ Booklovers. She has a Masters in Creative Writing, and is an ex-English tutor. She lives in Auckland with her husband, daughter, and two chihuahuas.

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