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y separately published work icon Girl Detective R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House , 2014 7169612 2014 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'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 that 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?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon Under Suspicion R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8629676 2015 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'Who knew boarding school could be this perilous!

'When Friday Barnes cracked the case of Highcrest Academy's mysterious swamp-yeti, the last thing she expected was to be placed under arrest. Now with the law on her back and Ian Wainscott in her face, Friday is not so sure boarding school was the smartest choice. From a missing or not-so-missing calculator to the appearance of strange holes in the school field, she is up to her pork-pie hat in crimes – and she swears not all of them are hers. There's also new boy Christopher, who has taken quite a shine to Friday, to contend with.

'Can Friday navigate the dangerous grounds of Highcrest Academy and decipher a decades-old mystery without getting caught in an unexpected love triangle?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon Big Trouble R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2015 8629775 2015 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'Friday Barnes has a new case, and this time it's personal!

'When Friday's father turns up out of the blue, he brings his daughter some distressing news – Friday's mother has been kidnapped! But who would want to kidnap a theoretical physicist? The Headmaster needs Friday's help too, when Highcrest Academy is thrown into chaos by the arrival of a beautiful new student – Princess Ingrid of Norway. She's rich, she's royal and she's got her eye on Ian Wainscott. Despite heightened security at the school, things start to go missing. It appears Highcrest Academy has been infiltrated by a master thief, The Pimpernel.

'Can Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat and unmask the elusive Pimpernel? If it means she gets to ditch PE, then of course she can!'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon No Rules R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House , 2016 8994668 2016 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'Friday Barnes has been deported to Switzerland! With their in-school detective gone, Highcrest Academy has descended into chaos. Someone's fired all the teachers!

The Headmaster claims it wasn't him, and suspicion soon turns to Ian Wainscott, but Friday won't stand by and let her favourite nemesis take the blame. Apart from being innocent (probably), he's seriously good-looking. There's also the problem of the new vice principal and his questionable teaching methods. It's hard to take someone seriously when they wear tie-dyed t-shirts. Can Friday save Ian's scholarship? Can she find the prankster before they bring down the school? Can she run the cross country? She's certainly going to try . . . to do the first two, anyway.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

y separately published work icon The Plot Thickens R. A. Spratt , Sydney : Random House Australia , 2016 9672524 2016 single work children's fiction children's

'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!' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Danger Ahead R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2017 10303267 2017 single work children's fiction children's

'School camp . . . what could possibly go wrong?

'Friday Barnes is forced to face her biggest fear – her own emotions! She must wave goodbye to Ian as he takes off to join his father in the Cayman Islands. But when your dad is a white-collar criminal, family reunions never go to plan. Ian is kidnapped en route and it’s up to Friday to rescue him.

'On her return to school, the Headmaster has a treat in store – a four-week camp for students to learn wilderness survival skills! ‘Camp Courage’ is even worse than Friday imagined. And all her book smarts aren't much help when she's got wood to chop, potatoes to peel and latrines to dig.

'Can Friday survive the great outdoors, debunk the legend of a camp ghost and make it back to Highcrest Academy alive? Only time (and a compass) will tell!' (Publication summary)

y separately published work icon Bitter Enemies R. A. Spratt , North Sydney : Random House Australia , 2017 11512098 2017 single work children's fiction children's mystery

'When four former headmasters arrive at Highcrest Academy to take part in the school’s anniversary celebrations, the students are warned to be on their best behaviour.

'Unfortunately, no one told the headmasters to stay out of mischief too! Which means Friday Barnes soon has a case to solve. But unravelling the truth isn’t easy when the whole school is being forced to eat paleo because the cook is on a diet; her best friend’s brother won’t stop blubbering about the terrible boat accident he may or may not have caused; and Friday is being trailed by a mysterious admirer – or is it a stalker?

'Can Friday find the facts among the mayhem? She’d better. The fate of Highcrest depends on it!'

y separately published work icon Never Fear R. A. Spratt , Melbourne : Penguin Random House Australia , 2018 14549407 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Friday's days at Highcrest are numbered!

'The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday's irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion.

'When a rumour emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain- Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? Will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she's in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian?

'With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart in order to find the gold that lies within.'  (Publication summary)

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    • North Sydney, North Sydney - Lane Cove area, Sydney Northern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales,: Random House , 2014- .

Works about this Work

Meet R. A. Spratt 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Reading Time , January 2016;
Meet R. A. Spratt 2016 single work interview
— Appears in: Reading Time , January 2016;
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