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Frankie Dupont And The Science Fair Sabotage

(Frankie Dupont Mysteries #3)

4.10  ·  Rating details ·  49 ratings  ·  30 reviews
Frankie Dupont is less than impressed when he has to attend the Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. Upon his arrival, he learns that Amy's brothers have had their robotics chip stolen.

Keen to recover the chip, Frankie questions the kids in the competition, but everyone seems to have a motive.
When baffling clues start rolling in via “Snap-Goss” instant messages, Fr
Paperback, 1, 127 pages
Published May 30th 2015 by Julie Anne Grasso (first published May 10th 2015)
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May 05, 2015 rated it liked it
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There are a wealth of inventors and science geeks convening in town, more specifically at Enderby Manor, which Frankie is very familiar with. For the kids the prize is a whopping $300 and tickets to the science camp. For the adults, who have come from all over, the prize is a $50,000 grant to begin production on their invention. The bar is set high and the ante is up. Everyone has a motive for murder and misconduct – of a science fair project. Frankie, paired up with his dog Sherlock,
Jun 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in the Frankie Dupont series, I know Julie Anne Grasso, the author’s writing style, I know the main characters and I know the general theme of the books. Therefore, I was surprised at what a page-turner book 3, Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is.

I really thought my detective skills were improving with each book, but I could not guess the answer, and for me I am always trying to solve crime novels before the ending, even predicting twists.

I’m glad my children a
Jul 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is a cute book. My 9- and 11-year-old boys enjoyed it a lot. They had fun following the clues along with Frankie and guessing who the culprit could be. I highly recommend this book to kids!
May 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
It's another good mystery for kids
There's been a mystery theft at the science fair and time is running out to find the culprit before the judge swoops in to choose the winning invention. A microchip has gone missing from a robot, and unless it's found, twin brothers, Angus and Archie, look like being knocked out of the competition. It's up to Frankie to use his brilliant detective skills to solve the case so they can be in with a chance.

In this third book in the series, Frankie is learning and h
Sep 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third book in this series and it's my favorite one so far! Frankie attends a Sustainable Science Fair with Kat and Amy. He's not thrilled, but once he gets there, there's a mystery to solve!

Amy's brothers, Angus and Archie, have been sabotaged. Their robotics chip for their project was taken as payback for something they did. As Frankie starts his interviews, we learn that Angus and Archie have played lots of pranks so there are plenty of suspects! The prize is $300 and two science
Susan Day
May 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
With his mum and dad off to the Private Detective Awards, Frankie Dupont heads off to the Science Fair. Dropping in to pick up his friend, Kat, Frankie is chastised for not returning her call. He thought she was reminding him not to be late… again! But no, Frankie made one of the most fundamental mistakes a private-investigator-in-training can make – he assumed!

Frankie is quickly informed by Kat and Amy that of Angus and Archie’s (Amy’s brothers) tiny robotics chip has been stolen. A photo was s
Tonja Drecker
Jul 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in Frankie's series and so far, my favorite. The author does a great job taking a mystery and mixing it with the most delicious fantastical ideas, making it a perfect journey for kids. We start out with Frankie, a young detective, who isn't totally excited to go with his friends to the science fair.

The fair itself is amazing. The most ingenious ideas come to life, and this is where kids will dive in and let their own fantasies soar. Let's just say that inventions no know lim
Stephanie Ward
Sep 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Frankie Dupont books are such fun to read thanks to the smart, clever writing of Julie Anne Grasso. It's all in the details with her books -- both in solving the mysteries and in the subtle humor found throughout the stories. Some of my favorite examples of titles, names and phrases from Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage: I Call it Recyc-bling (yes, that's jewelry made out of recycled materials), Ms. Ubersyentist and Martian vomit-coloured earing.

Beyond the kid-friendly voice, she in
Nov 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
This review first appeared on my blog, Christy's Cozy Corners.

This is the third book in the Frankie Dupont series, and it is another winner. I’ve read and reviewed the first two in this cute series: Frankie Dupont and the Mystery of Enderby Manor and Frankie Dupont and the Lemon Festival Fiasco. In this book, Amy’s brothers need Frankie’s detective skills to help them find out who stole their robotics chip from their science fair robot. Frankie uses his detective skills to deduce who the culprit
Ilana Waters
May 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
If you like your books funny, silly, and full of witty wordplay, Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is for you. Or for your kids or students, of course. :-)

With speedy pacing and red herrings to keep things interesting, you'll soon realize that nothing at this science fair is what it seems—including the so-called victims. Some of the eco-ideas presented are actually very cool, and I wouldn't mind seeing them invented one day. Edible Legos, anyone? ;-)

Every character (and there are man
Amy Miller
Oct 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Frankie and the gang are on the case this time to find the missing chip for a science fair project, but time is running out. Will they find it and the thief before the science fair is over or will it be to late.
Frankie has so much charisma. I love how confident he is and with the help of his friends seems nothing can stop him. I think that this story kids will definitely want to read and play along to find out who did? He always has such great ideas and comes up with interesting clues and theori
Kay LaLone
Frankie follows the clues to solve the case of who took the robotics chip. He interviews suspects and witnesses. Who took it? Why? Following the clues Frankie learns about some of the science projects. Will Frankie solve the mystery so that Archie can finish his robot. Good read with fun characters. I received this book free for an honest review.
Lexie Conyngham
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Best Frankie yet! Tightly and logically plotted, but with the same great characters growing into a good team. Delighted to see the next one is out already!
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A fun read - I'm a voracious reader with emphasis on mysteries and a little history. I also must read any books I share with my Grand Kids. I had to chuckle when Frankie Dupont "made notes on his phone", that'l probably open a discussion with my youngest Grand Daughter who doesn't yet carry a cell phone.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidlit, series
Cute chapter mystery for kids.
Fiona Ingram
Dec 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
Catch up with budding detective Frankie Dupont in the third adventure that this young sleuth investigates and hopefully solves. In Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage, Frankie is holding the fort at the Dupont Detective Agency while Mum and Dad are off at an Awards Ceremony. His cousin Kat and friend Amy are desperately trying to get hold of him: something has happened at the Science Fair being held at (yep, you guessed it!) the by now notorious Enderby Manor. Can Frankie ever forget hi ...more
Barbara Ann
Jun 26, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Eleven year old Frankie Dupont’s parents are off for the day to attend an awards ceremony. Frankie’s dad leaves his in charge of his detective agency. Sounds strange? Well, Frankie has already proved his mettle in assisting his father in previous investigations.

Shortly after they leave, Frankie gets a call from his cousin Kat and her friend, Amy Applebyto assist in solving a mystery at the science fair being held in Enderby Manor. Seven kids are competing in a science contest in which all the en
Shelle Perry
Frankie Dupont is the only soon to be eleven year old with a private eye in training certificate. He fits the part well with retro trench coat and fedora. On this day his parents are heading out of town for an awards ceremony and he is holding down the fort at his dad’s detective agency. He has been roped into going to a local sustainable science fair by his cousin Kat and her best friend Amy. It turns out that his presence is needed their after all, when it is revealed that Amy’s brothers have ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Dec 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Synopsis- Frankie Dupont, Junior-Investigator-In-Training, was going to a local science fair, when he learns that a friend’s brothers’ project was sabotaged! Their robot’s robotic chip was stolen! Can Frankie find the thief before the show starts and the two twins get disqualified?

What I Thought- I really like this series. Ms. Grasso writes these mysteries really well. She adds just enough clues so that the reader is solving the mystery along with Frankie. There is a good amount of humor in this
Jemima Pett
Jul 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the third of Frankie’s amazing private eye adventures, and definitely a good one.

Someone has sabotaged his brothers’ fantastic robot by stealing the computer component that will make it work. The day of the science fair is upon us, and the only way the brothers will get to science camp is by winning the competition. Who has stolen the chip? Frankie’s discipline in interrogating all the suspects is admirable, despite pressure from all sides to make a hurried decision. But no! Frankie will
Shelly Stewart
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this book to my 10 year old grandson, and he really enjoyed it. It is a cute story about the almost eleven year old super sleuth, Frankie Dupont. When he discovers that his friend, Amy's, brothers, Angus and Archie, have had a vital robotic chip stolen that would be needed to make their science fair entry robot functional, he goes into action to solve the mystery in typical "who done it" fashion. He interviews all the suspects, taking notes on his phone, then hones in on the only possible ...more
Naznin Azeez
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Frankie has done it again.. Land an odd ball case, that is!. This time its a Science Fair. Two brothers, Angus & Archie, finds a chip missing from their robot. They think someone is trying to sabotage their chances of winning. Frankie is called in to invsstigate. He is very methodic in looking at each suspect, finding their motives (which all of them seem to have against the two brothers) & eliminating suspects. He is getting better at investigating, his role model being his father. This is a my ...more
Carolyn Wilhelm
May 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is excellent for young crime fiction enthusiasts and future detectives. It is also nice for science and inventor fair participants who have experiences such competitions. The mystery and crime are appropriate for ages 8 and up to enjoy and try to solve. With red herrings every which way (or should I say blue salmon) the case is challenging to figure out. Even though there are only 5 suspects, the victims are the ever prankster twins so who could blame anyone for trying to get back at t ...more
Jane Ritz
Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Frankie DuPont and the Science Fair Sabotage is the this book in the Frankie DuPont Series by Julie Anne Grasso. This is a mystery of who sabotaged a chip from a robot from a submission in the Science Fair. This mystery brings Sherlock,Frankie, Kat, and Amy to Elderbury Manor to solve the mystery.With the help of Mr. Dupont they use metal detectors to attempt to find the the missing chip. The stakes are high. the prize from this Science Fair is huge. The children end up having to use good old fa ...more
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: new
I'm back in kiddie lit, preparing for what my grands might like in the next year or two.

Frankie is the son of a detecting family. He, his sister, and his dog find themselves in the midst of a mystery at the science fair...a computer chip has gone missing and was probably stolen by one of the five competitors, all of whom have reason to be unhappy with the boys who are missing the chip. Frankie and his friends do exhibit some critical thinking skills and are polite and well-behaved.

I think 4th o
Penny lurkykitty
Dec 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kids, childrens
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Dec 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing
What a perfect book for a young child. The age range of 8-12 is great for this book, boy or girl. Frankie Dupont is just like a young modern day Sherlock Holmes trying to solve the mystery at the science fair as to who stole the robot computer chip. The book is a simple but a fun engaging read. Even I was trying to figure out the clues and who-dun-it. I love how Frankie's mind works and how the book takes you through how he solved the mystery. A recommended read! ...more
Oct 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
As we all know children love to get themselves into a good mystery right... well this book right here will give them exactly what they want. A fun little mystery to figure out. Great flow to the story. Lovable characters.

*reviewed for an honest review*
Jan 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Wonderful book which reminded me of the Encyclopedia Brown books I read as a kid. Great character development with a great story line. Clues laid out very well with some twists. Good book. Good for kids six or older.
Stacy Goodworth
Mar 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good detective story for young kids. It reminded me a little of Encyclopedia Brown.
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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 has a degree in Nursing from Queensland University of Technology and has been published in her nerdy nursing spe

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Frankie Dupont Mysteries (4 books)
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  • Frankie Dupont and The Lemon Festival Fiasco (Frankie Dupont Mysteries #2)
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