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  • Published: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892159
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256

Friday Barnes 5: The Plot Thickens




Friday Barnes is being attacked on all fronts!

Friday Barnes is being attacked on all fronts!

When Friday Barnes gets involved in her frenemy Ian Wainscott’s family dispute, it appears her knack for uncovering the truth may ruin their friendship once and for all.

Highcrest Academy is no longer a fun place to be. Ian has declared war on Friday and she is thinking of leaving . . . for good. Meanwhile, there’s two new teachers to contend with – a celebrity artist whose intentions are somewhat unclear, and an over-enthusiastic PE teacher on a fitness crusade. Between them and Ian, it’s going to be one dangerous term. Can Friday repair her friendship with Ian, restore her perfect school–life balance and work out who is committing the blatant acts of vandalism around Highcrest? No one said high school would be easy!

  • Pub date: 7 January 2020
  • ISBN: 9781760892159
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 256

About the Author

R.A. Spratt

R.A. Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. In her previous life she was a television writer. Unlike the Peski kids, R.A. Spratt never fights with her brother, but only because he moved to Hong Kong to get away from her. R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW, where she has three chickens, two goldfish and a dog. She also has a husband and two daughters.

For more information, visit raspratt.com

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Praise for Friday Barnes 5: The Plot Thickens

“This is one girl protagonist who really brings joy proving that you don’t have to be a popular fashionista to be a winner – smart, caring and unpretentious, Friday is a Mighty Girl in my opinion. As always, highly recommended for readers from around 8 and up – I foresee multiple reservations for this one in our library!”

Sue Warren, Just So Stories Blog

“...here is another great tale for those who are independent readers and who are looking for an out-of-the-ordinary heroine.”

Barbara Braxton, OZTL_Net

“The fifth in this funny series about Friday, a girl detective at Highcrest Academy, will satisfy both new readers and those already hooked on the series.”

Fran Knight, Magpies Magazine

“The Plot Thickens shows the repercussions of pranks gone too far and explores relationships between friends, with a new student and with two new teachers. The author gives depth to the teacher characters that children may not see in real life, and also pokes fun at them, for the reader’s amusement. There’s plenty of puzzles and mystery too for inquiring young minds, as well as some new vocabulary – but not too much.”

Carissa Mason, Reading Time, The Children's Book Council of Australia


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