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The Mysterious Case of the Allbright Academy (The Mysterious Matter of I. M Fine #2)

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  423 Ratings  ·  63 Reviews
Franny is thrilled when she's accepted by the Allbright Academy, an elite private boarding school designed to train leaders. But she knows she's not as smart as the other kids there—or as beautiful, accomplished, confident, or mature. The fact is, the Allbright students—from their shining teeth and flawless complexions to their sky-high test scores and long lists of honors ...more
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Published March 2nd 2010 by HarperCollins (first published January 1st 2007)
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Amanda
Feb 05, 2014 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've enjoyed this one for a few years. Just a fun-loving kind of story. Nothing deep. Only a little humor and detective work.

...Oh yeah, and a lot of brownies.
Katie
Franny and her friends change dramatically once they start at the exclusive Allbright Academy – former gloomy Cal becomes cheery and upbeat; funky Brooklyn cuts off his dreadlocks, gives up writing poetry and changes his name to the more mainstream Brook; and, Franny finds studying easy and becomes a neat freak. In fact, all of the students at Allbright Academy are near perfect, and act more like adults than children.[return][return]The story pulls you in right away, and while it’s not a surpris ...more
Sarah BT
About the Book: When Franny's younger sister Zoe meets politician Martha Evergood, Ms. Evergood suggests that Zoe would be a perfect candidate for a private boarding school she is on the board of, Allbright Academy. Allbright was founded by two Nobel Prize winning scientists and the program is for the best and the brightest and tailored to their skills and learning style to give them the best education. Zoe's condition of acceptance is that her siblings have to join her. So all three Sharp sibli ...more
Lucy
Jul 29, 2008 Lucy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of a teenage Cam Jansen
Franny’s younger sister Zoe has a habit of charming the pants off of everyone she meets, so when Zoe charms her way into an invitation to apply to Allbright Academy, an exclusive school for the best and the brightest, Franny is not surprised. But Zoe refuses to go unless her big sister and her twin brother JD come too, and so all three of them become new students at Allbright.

At first, everything is perfect. Franny instantly makes friends with fellow new students Cal and Brooklyn, and she loves
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Roxanne Hsu Feldman
This one definitely kept my interest up. I gave it a 4-star although I think it's more a 3.75, since there are a few points that I'd like the author to cover more deeply and some pages that need to be tightened up. For example, when the children went to see Dr. Planck (around pages 185 on) -- there is little need to drag out the revelation of his involvement in the "crime" into another chapter and another encounter. These pages would have been spent better if the idea of democracy is explored fu ...more
IndyPL Kids Book Blog
Sisters Franny and Zo and their brother J.D. find themselves being admitted to an exclusive boarding school called the Allbright Academy. Only Zo really qualified but she refuses to attend unless her brother and sister can go too. That’s how bad the Academy wants to recruit Zo.

The school’s buildings and grounds are like a picture postcard, the food is exceptional and the school makes chocolate brownies available throughout the day. The kids at the school are smart, beautiful and dedicated to the
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Bayla
Buzzwords: Smart vs. ordinary kids, school story, brainwashing, friendship, family, saving the day.

Cute and light, like all of Ms. Stanley's books - I enjoyed it, and its themes, but somehow can't slip too deeply into the characters and their lives, despite enjoying the plot. I think elementary and middle schoolers will likely enjoy it more than I.
Terri
Feb 22, 2010 Terri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I avoided reading this book for a long time. It just didn't sound appealing. That was a mistake. Franny knows she doesn't really belong at Allbright, an exclusive private school for exceptionally gifted students, and that she and her brother were accepted only because school officials want Zoe, their sister, to attend there. Since Zoe refused to go without her siblings, they were a package deal. But Franny surprisingly finds herself succeeding beyond her wildest dreams. She seems more focused, o ...more
babyhippoface
Jun 30, 2010 babyhippoface rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-fiction
Franny knows she doesn't fit in with the gorgeous, brilliant, charismatic students at Allbright Academy when she enrolls alongside her younger brother and sister. In only a matter of days, though, she begins to feel more comfortable and confident than ever before. Everything about Allbright is almost perfect, from the educational opportunities to the athletics to the healthy cafeteria food. But is all that perfection due to a quality institution, or to something sinister going on behind the scen ...more
Anna
Dec 03, 2015 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Franny is ecstatic when she arrives at an amazing school meant for geniuses. Going about though something is not quite right. Will she be able to figure out what makes Allbright Academy so different? Read to find out if she will solve the mystery with her new (and old) friends.
Skylar Reynolds
Aug 16, 2014 Skylar Reynolds rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is easy and sooo much fun! I'd totally recommend this. Now, don't go expecting some totally thought out, complicated plot and long story like Lord of the Rings, but it's a really cute book!
Michelle Liao
Aug 15, 2015 Michelle Liao rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I especially liked the part at the end when everything went according to plan. For some reason, I loved the plan! I didn't read The Mysterious Matter of I. M. Fine, though.
Tina Wilson
A fun, somewhat silly but entertaining read. I wanted to give it more than 3 stars but it isn't quite up to 4 either. One Brooke will enjoy in another year or so.
Leigh Paddon
A great quick read for those who like books about friendship. A nice twist towards the end as people realize they are changing and don't know why.
Graycelin
Apr 29, 2016 Graycelin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was very interesting. It was a fresh new plot that I've never read anything similar to. Very good! I very much enjoyed the story!
Elizabeth
Apr 24, 2014 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A little obvious, but tons of fun nonetheless - characters can be a little thin but still feel realistic. Great plotting by the kids. :)
April Hochstrasser
Franny knows she doesn't fit in with the brilliant, outstanding students at Allbright Academy when she enrolls. In only a matter of days, though, she begins to feel more comfortable and confident than ever before. How can she, who hates mechanical things, build a working robot during her first week?

She suspects a plot is afoot concerning drugs and duplicity. How far the plot goes is an eye-opener. Mystery-lovers will love every page of this fast-paced tale. Though it is never truly scary, there
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Ariel
Jun 09, 2008 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's like a re-do of the Mysterious Benedict Society, but not as good. But I would recommend this book.
The names are distracting, as has been stated, and the kids' plan to save the academy takes about one chapter, then the book is over. The author could have elaborated more on the scheme, and carrying out the plan. It seemed as if someone was eager to finish it so they left out a few things.
Even with those few flaws, this book is really interesting and entertaining. The characters are funny, an
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Sarah
Mar 17, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised about how much I liked this book. It is a mystery book and I couldn't put it down.
Matthew Winner
Mar 02, 2009 Matthew Winner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Les
May 15, 2011 Les rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Franny and her 2 siblings are enrolled at the Allbright Academy, a boarding school founded by 2 Nobel Prize winning scientists for the "best and brightest." Her sister is actually the star student but she says she won't attend unless her brother and sister go too. Franny immediately buys into the program and starts to excel beyond her expectations. However, her best friend brings up a point she has never thought about. Why are all the students so perfect? No unmade beds, no loud music, just a bu ...more
bookworm123
Jul 29, 2015 bookworm123 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I enjoy this book quite a bit and have read it several times
Crystal
Apr 25, 2016 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cute young adult book. Enjoyed it. Fast read.
Lydia
Mar 28, 2015 Lydia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really fun mystery book for young readers.
Earth
Oct 21, 2013 Earth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I stayed up all night to finish this book but it's not as good as it turn out to be. It's a great disappointment, not even the ending is to my satisfaction. I mean if something is great why fix or destroy it. I would just live it for the better but since you knew the truth then you have a choice. I wouldn't mind taking it if it help me in so many way. But because they tried to be hero, they also distroyed many good things that were going on, I mean they didn't even give the students a chance to ...more
Amy Brown
Feb 10, 2008 Amy Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 4th-6thgrade, mystery
Franny and her sister and brother are accepted into the Allbright Academy and she is so excited. Overtime she adopts all of the rules and thoughts of the Academy until one of her friends discovers that a plot is underfoot in the academy to make all of the children perfect using secret ingredients in the beloved brownies that they eat every day. Can Franny and her friends figure out what is going on? This book has a similar feel to Stanley's book the Mysterious Matters of I. M. Fine and uses two ...more
Pat
Feb 23, 2009 Pat rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Franny is thrilled when she's accepted by the Allbright Academy, and elite private boarding school designed to train leaders. But she knows she's not as smart as the other kids there...or as beautiful, accomplished, confident, or mature. The fact is, the Albright students are absolutely perfect. The question is why? And will she succumb to its eeri perfection?
Wonderful for students 4th grade up. Lots of fun and mysterious!
Connie
Nov 17, 2010 Connie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-books, jv
Franny and her brother JD are accepted into an exclusive boarding school when their sister is recruited and won't accept without them. Franny immediately impresses the administration by completing a task only once finished without directions by a previous student. It becomes obvious to JD that something strange is happening to his sisters, and once they realize it, it becomes their mission to save their classmates.
Kristen
I loved the written parts of this book, what I didn't enjoy were the unwritten parts of this book. Because it was written for a juvenile audience, to keep it quickly paced, there are many parts that are left out and you are just supposed to assume they happened. Normally I wouldn't be bothered by this, but it happened quite often in this book. It's a cute story though - very much like the Benedict Society books.
Terrie
Mar 02, 2009 Terrie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book took the idea of the Stepford Wives and set it into a private school for children and then went a step beyond. It was a fast read and hard to put down. I thought the silly names of the characters was very distracting, but other than that it was a pretty decent book. Ok for Elementary- it opens gates for discussion on mind-control, and democracy.
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