Girl Detective (Friday Barnes #1)

Author(s): R. A. Spratt; Phil Gosier (Illustrator)

Children - 9 to 14

When Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery, she uses the reward money to send herself to Highcrest Academy, the most exclusive boarding school in the country--and discovers it's a hotbed of crime

Soon she's investigating everything from disappearing homework to the terrifying Yeti haunting the school swamp. But the biggest mystery yet is Ian Wainscott, the handsomest (and most arrogant) boy in school who inexplicably hates her. Will the homework be found? Can they ever track down the Yeti? And why is Ian out to ruin her?

With black-and-white art throughout, Friday Barnes, Girl Detective by R. A. Spratt is the launch of a smart and exciting new mystery series

Friday Barnes has caused a stir in our house. Once we'd finished this as our bedtime book everyone wanted more. Written by R.A. Spratt, the author of ‘Nanny Piggins’ series, Friday Barnes is another extremely readable and fun book perfect for 5-10 year olds. Friday Barnes is an unusual and likable character. Her parents are very distracted academics, so Friday, who was named for the day she was born (although it was actually a Thursday), is pretty much left to look after herself. She is extremely intelligent, and after helping solve a diamond theft uses the reward money to go to boarding school. Here her detective skills are put to work solving numerous small crimes, and eventually she's put to the test with a major crime. Fortunately there will be more Friday Barnes in the future. - Sarah


This new series from the author of the ‘Nanny Piggins’ books. R.A.Spratt brings us a lively character, and a very brainy detective for us to enjoy. Friday (born on a Thursday) is no ordinary child. Independent from an early age (her parents are woefully absent academics), Friday Barnes embarks on great and dangerous adventures, helped and hindered by some wonderful characters. This series will be a hit with all that like a bit of geekiness and a mystery!  - Stella


Product Information

R. A. Spratt is an award-winning comedy writer with thirteen years' experience in the television industry. She lives in Sydney with her husband and two daughters. Unlike Nanny Piggins, she has never willingly been blasted out of a cannon.

General Fields

  • : 9781742759623
  • : Random House Australia
  • : Children's
  • : July 2014
  • : 197mm X 130mm X 17mm
  • : Australia
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : Phil Gosier
  • : en
  • : [Fic]
  • : Children's - Grade 2-3, Age 7-8
  • : 256
  • : R. A. Spratt; Phil Gosier (Illustrator)