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Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven-year-old girl! The eagerly awaited new series from the author of the bestselling Nanny Piggins series.

Imagine if Sherlock Holmes was an eleven-year-old girl!

When girl detective Friday Barnes solves a bank robbery she uses the reward money to send herself to the most exclusive boarding school in the country, Highcrest Academy.

On arrival, Friday is shocked to discover the respectable school is actually a hotbed of crime. She's soon investigating everything from disappearing homework to the Yeti running around the school swamp. That’s when she’s not dealing with her own problem – Ian Wainscott, the handsomest boy in school, who inexplicably hates Friday and loves nasty pranks.

Can Friday solve Highcrest Academy’s many strange mysteries, including the biggest mystery of all – what’s the point of high school?


Proving that it's better to be smart than popular, Friday Barnes is a wonderful heroine for the modern child.

Beth Bowerman, NetGalley

Readers, particularly girls, of about 10 plus will greatly enjoy this fun read.

Sue Warren, OZ-TLnet

Spratt is a master at bringing characters to life, and knowing just what older primary and early high school kids want to read.

Susan Stephenson, The Book Chook

Spratt’s effortlessly funny narration will keep readers laughing from start to finish, and she gives Friday a wonderfully dry wit—one she isn’t even aware of herself—to accompany her exceptional deductive powers and knowledge.

Publishers Weekly US, Publishers Weekly US

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback


    July 1, 2014

    Random House Australia Children's

    256 pages

    RRP $19.99

    Online retailers

    • Fishpond
    • Mighty Ape
    • Paper Plus
    • The Warehouse
    • Whitcoulls
    • The Nile

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  • EBook


    July 1, 2014

    RHA eBooks Child

    256 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks NZ
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    • Booktopia NZ

    Find your local bookstore at www.booksellers.co.nz/directory

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