An Un-Calibrated Centrifuge

My dad once said to me, "You give a lot of books three stars." I do.

Friday Barnes, Girl Detective

Friday Barnes: Girl Detective - R.A. Spratt

"As to my own little practice, it seems to be degenerating into an agency for recovering lost lead pencils and giving advice to young ladies from boarding-schools." -Sherlock Homles in "The Adventure of the Copper Beeches"

 

Friday Barnes was recommended to me by one of our children's librarians. She does a little more than find pencils and give advice at her boarding school but the above quote still reminded me of her.

 

I mostly enjoyed the book. It ends on a cliffhanger, so I'll be reading the sequel. 

 

I like Friday and her friendship with Melanie. The book is somewhat diverse. The text doesn't describe many of the characters, but the illustrations make it clear that not all the characters are white.

 

I do wish Friday went to an all-girls boarding school. I wasn't a huge fan of any of the boy characters besides Binky, but it would be easy to give Melanie a sister rather than a brother. I think that change would have helped the dynamic between Friday and the other girl characters (who aren't Melanie). Plus it gets rid of Ian who I wasn't a fan of.

Only because everyone insists he likes Friday even though he's terrible to her. If he were just a straight up antagonist I wouldn't have minded so much.

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