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, Frankie realises it will take all of his detective muscles to solve this case.
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 specialty in medical journals, but her true love is writing about elf worlds that usually involve cupcakes. The new love of her life is Frankie Dupont, an illustrated middle grade series.
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, cousin Kat, and friend Amy, must solve the mysterious disappearance of Angus and Archie’s robot microchip so they will not be disqualified. It’s not easy when the twins have played semi-serious pranks
Sherlock – Frankie’s dog; his investigative pal
Kat – Frankie’s cousin; friend’s with Amy; on Frankie’s investigative team
Amy Appleby – Kat’s friend; Angus & Archie’s sister; also part of Frankie’s investigative team
Angus & Archie – Amy’s younger twin brothers who are entering their robot in the science fair; their project has been sabotaged and their microchip stolen
Colonel Forsythe – Enderby Manor concierge; retired Special Forces
Ms. Chestnut – a teacher; in charge of the science fair
Mr. Mulberry – a teacher; in charge of the science fair
Rodney Butterworth – fellow contestant with a soda can violin with a string-tuning security device; broke up the fight between Angus & Archie, who mistuned his violin at a recital Heather Chapman – fellow contestant with a balloon recycling service that turns balloon remnants into Recyc-bling jewelry; had karate boards glued together by the twins at a tournament Joseph Fishburne – fellow contestant with some magician’s tricks up his sleeve and a stroke-ometer for swimming ; did not make it onto the swim squad due to the twins disrupting his time clock at swim trials Harrison Danbury – fellow contestant with edible “Legos” made from Stevia plants Nakano Riku – fellow contestant with cloned salmon, turned blue thanks to the twins
“You’re always going on about fashion and karate, and Jason Buber, that kid that sings as though he has two X chromosomes.” He chuckled at his own joke.
The Highs and Lows
+ Parodies. Snap-Gross…Jason Buber…So perfectly placed. I know what Julie Ann thinks of these two things… + Enderby Manor. A return to a previous case site, one that Frankie and Kat are well familiar with. This also brings back a host of characters from the first book (at least those who are still employed at the manor). + Double Trouble. The twins, Angus and Archie, are not always on the same page, adding to or creating more conflict, despite their dire circumstances. They have also sprung spoofs on all of their fellow science fair competitors, making it hard to eliminate motives. – Amy. Each time another of the twins’ pranks were revealed, Amy acted aghast that her younger brothers would behave so. Anyone who has siblings knows exactly how their siblings behave, both at home and in public, and this should not have been a recurring shock each time a prank was uncovered. It just didn’t ring true to the authenticity of their familial relationship. – Plot Development. I feel this installment was not fully developed in terms of plot. It felt like the plot was extremely simple for a mystery, leaving very little anticipation to be built up in the story arc. Judging by the writing, I would expect this to be the first book in the series, not the third. The Take-Away
The twins are hilarious. Each time a new “suspect” reveals how the twins have sabotaged them in some way, they always enthusiastically scream that the new suspect is the thief. At one point, one of the twins even tries to high five a competitor who said the twins’ attempt to ruin their project actually helped the project along. They think everything is fun and games until they are wronged in some way, but they are also very good-natured about things at the same time. It’s an odd mix, and since they seem so…removed (is that the right word?) it makes things even funnier.
Recommendation – Buy, Borrow or Skip?
This installment did not have me as excited as the previous two, so for this reason I recommend borrowing.
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 are too young to read the Frankie Dupont series to them, as I would have kept them up all night wanting to find out who was the culprit in the Science Fair Sabotage.
Julie Anne Grasso has a talent for writing mysteries. Frankie Dupont is the main character, an 11 year old private investigator. In previous books he has solved the Mystery at Enderby Manor and a Lemon Festival Fiasco. This time there are a lot more suspects at the Science Fair and to try to find the person who sabotaged a competitor’s entry Frankie has to use a range of detective skills.
Once again educationally there are many activities which children can delve into before, during and after the reading of Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage.
A Teacher Resource Booklet has been created with 10 activities relating to Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage and linked to the Australian Curriculum for free download at www.abcJenny.com
I don’t want to choose favourites between the three books but if someone was twisting my arm and I had to, then Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage would be a smidgen in front.
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!
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 honing his detective skills. With each new case it's good to see his growing expertise, and that he learns from his mistakes. In this new mystery it's clear that Frankie has mellowed a little, and isn't as quick to accuse along the way. He is learning that a good investigator thinks things through and shouldn't jump to conclusions.
One of the strengths of this series is that it steps keen young investigators through the evidence that is scattered throughout the story. They read and learn as Frankie uses the process of elimination to discount false leads and solve the case. As he moves from suspect to suspect, we find that the twins were a common link throughout. I won't say too much, but it was fitting to see some karma in action. When crunch time arrives and it's time to solve, Frankie uses a very clever tactic to make the big reveal.
In a nutshell It's another good mystery, solved by a keen young detective that is sure to inspire young readers.
FYI - Julie Anne Grasso is a fellow BookElf. We are a group of MG/YA authors who occasionally collaborate in MG fiction. I purchased my own copy at my own choice. I was not approached by the author to read and review this book.
Note: I don't claim to be a pro-reviewer, I am a reader. My reviews are based on my personal thoughts around the story that the book is trying to tell. I try to focus on the story (which is the reason I read) rather than dissect the book and pass comment on typos, writing style or structure.
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 camp tickets so there are plenty of reasons why someone might not want them to win.
It was fun to follow Frankie's investigation into who stole the chip. He's serious about becoming a detective and since he's so young, some adults don't really take him seriously. Frankie is determined to prove he is capable of figuring out what happened. He follows the clues no matter where they will lead him in the end.
These books are quick and fun to read. They are perfect for young readers who enjoy mysteries and quirky characters. The first two books dealt with Enderby Manor and some of those characters are mentioned in this one but it mainly deals with the children at the science fair. This is a series I have enjoyed reading and am looking forward to reading his next adventure, which takes place on a luxury cruise liner!
I received a copy of this book to review. My opinion is 100% my own.
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 sent with a mysterious message, “Dose of your own medicine”.
Who is sending Amy messages? Why does he or she call themselves Smart-R-Than-U?
This is the second book I’ve read in the Frankie Dupont series and I was given a free copy for an honest review. I think it will be a winner with its intended audience as much as it was with me.
I think Ms Grasso’s use of technology is clever and adds to the authenticity of her work. There are lessons to be learnt too about the environment, friendship and why we should be nice to science geeks but they are cleverly hidden away behind a terrific story and solid, reliable characters. This fast paced, funny book is sure to thrill and entertain your middle grade reader.
I can’t wait to share it with my grandchildren. Do yourself a favour and grab a copy today.
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 limits.
Obviously, there's a mystery involved, and this time, it's a hard one. Unlike the other books, Frankie finds himself surrounded by suspects, all of which could possible have a motive. This wasn't an easy mystery to figure out and kids will love trying to follow the clues. Not only that, but there are several messages hidden in the pages. Friendship, acceptance, and dealing with competition. But these are well woven into the story, and not slapped in the reader's face. . .something I appreciate.
Like the other books in this series, this is a story written and aimed at kids. The fantasy, thoughts and plot are laid out with lots of love just for this age group, and I think kids will enjoy this completely.
I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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 includes lots of great science and technology throughout the detective action. In this book, cloning and Snap-Gross (photos that pop onto a smartphone and then delete within seconds) play a big role in the story.
Finally, the characters all have their lovable quirks and child-like traits (they are kids after all) that make them both endearing and real.
Frankie Dupont and the Science Fair Sabotage is another exciting book in this action-packed series. Recommended!
I received a free PDF of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 is and saves the day….though the brothers rack up weeks of detention in the meantime as they admit to prank after prank!
The characters in these books are ones that your kids will love. I think that these books should be read in order, or your kids won’t get the full story. The parts that some of the characters play in the other books are important to their parts in the subsequent stories.
These books are filled with mystery and humor that any middle grade reader will enjoy. This is definitely a series I recommend to instill a love of reading in your children!
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 many) is unique is his or her own way. No cookie cutter people here! Other creative elements include a social media app where people send five-second messages--that erase themselves!
Small caveat: some of the vocabulary may be a bit advanced for the lower end of the age range, but nothing a grown-up can't help with.
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 theories . This is another read for any young child ages 7-12.
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.
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.
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 his first encounter there…? Amy’s brothers, the annoying twins Angus and Archie, inform Frankie that someone has stolen the robotic chip for their recycled robot in the Sustainable Science Fair. Sabotage! Someone sent an image of a note to Amy on her smartphone, using an app that makes the image disappear in seconds. The note said: “Dose of your own medicine.” There are big prizes up for grabs at the Science Fair, including a large cash grant for the winner in the adult scientist category. Who is trying to sabotage the Fair and why? Can Frankie get the answers in time to solve the mystery so that Inspector Cluesome isn’t called in to save the day – which of course he couldn’t do anyway!
This is a different kind of adventure for Frankie, one that calls more upon his detective skills and taxes his powers of perception and observation. In the words of the inimitable and most famous (Belgian, if you please!) detective Hercule Poirot, “It is the brain, the little gray cells on which one must rely. One must seek the truth within--not without.” Frankie must interview each junior contestant and also discreetly try to find out if they have hidden the robotic chip about their person. In the course of his investigations, it appears that Angus and Archie might deserve what they got since their efforts to put a spanner in the works of all their friends’ and fellow contestants’ science exhibits comes to light. I really enjoyed this more cerebral adventure that takes Frankie down a notch or two in his usual fast paced race through an investigation to a quieter more ‘thinking’ way of working on a problem. The various exhibits the young scientists have invented were absolutely amazing and I am sure will inspire budding inventors to create their own. Some pertinent moral and social behaviour messages make their appearance in the narrative so kids are left in no doubt as to what is right and what is wrong, but done in the nicest possible way so kids will absorb them. Another fun and intriguing adventure from author Julie Anne Grasso to entertain and educate kids!
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 entries must be made from recyclable materials. The winner will receive $300 and a ticket to science camp. Seven contestants have employed creativity in projects such as a musical instrument made from drinking cans, Lego blocks made from Stevia, a balloon recycling center and cloned blue salmon. Upon his arrival, Frankie discovers that Angus and Archie Appleby’s robotic chip has been stolen while they were arguing over how to assemble their robot made from household items. Frankie has the scene secured and methodically proceeds to interview each of the contestants in order to collect clues and solve the mystery.
Middle school readers will enjoy the adventure as the clues are revealed by Frankie as he investigates. But things are not as they appear on the surface. Readers may be surprised by the end result of the investigation and the just rewards that follow. Recommended for Encylopedia Brown fans in the eight to twelve year old age range.
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 had the microchip from the robot project swiped. Frankie goes into full detective mode and investigates each of the other children competing. They all have reason to want to take the hi-jinxing twins down a peg.
This was my introduction to Frankie Dupont, but since I got hooked on Encyclopedia Brown in the fifth grade, I have had a soft spot for Tween detectives. The story delivers with clues and red herrings. It filled with larger than life characters who jump off the page and fantastic inventions that only middle graders would actually think up. There is nothing pretentious about this story and middle graders will enjoy reading about a science fair judged by Ms. Ubersyentist, and a police inspector named Inspector Cluesome.
This book is perfectly suited to its audience.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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 book. For example, I was literally laughing out loud when Frankie decided that a person wasn’t lying, because, when people lie, their eyes go up and to the right, but one character was definitely telling the truth because their eyes went up and to the left. There are cool illustrations throughout the book that add a lot to the story. The stories are great for young kids looking for a good mystery. The story flows well and it gets the reader involved. I really like this series and the Frankie Dupont character. I can’t wait to read more! *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
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 not be hurried! And fortunately friends help out to ensure that…. sorry, my lips are sealed!
Another great romp with Frankie and friends, and I love all the inventions that are presented for the fair, some brilliant in their own way, and some completely barking mad! Lots of lovely twists. Well done, Julie Grasso!
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 culprits to solve the mystery...just in the nick of time. There are consequences to pay for the thief, but also for the victims, Angus and Archie. Their former pranks have caught up with them, and the long arm of the law imposes a punishment on them along with the thief. I would recommend this story for kids ages 7 -12 years.
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 mystery that woukd thrill children between 8 - 12. What I personally loved the most about the book are the inventions shown at the fair. They are very imaginative. Kudos to the author for creating this interesting series. I look forward to reading more Frankie DuPont books.
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 them?
I like the sustainable living green aspect of this fair as every entry has to be created from recycled materials and used in a green way. It isn't easy being green at this science fair!
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 fashioned detective work to solve the case. I'll not spoil the story for you. This is a great book for children 8 through 11. I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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 or 5th graders will enjoy this book, but I don't think it will be one of the books that they remember when they are 40.
I liked this middle grade kids mystery novel. Frankie tried to solve the mystery in a systematic manner. The science in the book was fun. The book was entertaining and well-paced. I had not read the previous two books, so some of the characters and references to the past were confusing. I would definitely read these books in order. The only disappointing aspect was that, of the five entries in the science fair, only one was by a girl and she was the culprit! It would have been nice to see gender equity in the science fair. I received a free copy of this book for an honest review.
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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!
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.
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.