Big Trouble: A Friday Barnes Mystery

R. A. Spratt (Author) Phil Gosier (Illustrator)


In this quirky middle-grade detective novel, mystery abounds but a girl genius is on the case

Crime hits close to home when Friday Barnes learns her mother has been kidnapped. But her detective work gets put aside when Friday is distracted by other happenings at school: a new VIP student (a Norwegian princess ) has just arrived and a master thief called the Pimpernel is causing chaos across campus. Can super sleuth and girl genius Friday crack the case of her missing mother, reign in a royal brat, and unmask the elusive Pimpernel?

Find out whodunnit in Big Trouble, the third book in the hilarious Friday Barnes Mystery series, written by award-winning author R.A. Spratt and wonderfully illustrated by Phil Gosier.

Don't miss the any of the Friday Barnes adventures:
Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery
Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery
Big Trouble: A Friday Barnes Mystery

Product Details

Square Fish
Publish Date
January 16, 2018
5.1 X 0.9 X 7.6 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

R.A. Spratt is an award-winning author and television writer. Her Nanny Piggins series went into nine best selling volumes in Australia. She lives in Bowral, Australia with her husband, two daughters and a puppy called Henry. Like Friday Barnes, R.A. enjoys wearing a silly hat.

Phil Gosier is an independent art director and designer working inthe Washington, DC, area. His illustration and design clients include Kellogg's, the Discovery Channel, Marvel and DC Comics, and Macmillan. He graduated from the University of Maryland and lives in suburban Maryland with his family.


"Spratt continues to hit just the right mix of dry humor and suspense. Her characterization of her protagonist shines . . . Readers know that, like Sherlock Holmes, Friday will solve every mystery; the book's fun is in seeing how she does it . . . A cliffhanger ending will have readers drumming their fingers as they wait for the next episode." --Kirkus Reviews on Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"Spratt's droll humor, often expressed through Friday's spacey friend Melanie, is the perfect complement to the offbeat mysteries Friday encounters . . . Give this to readers who like humor but also want more intelligent characters and jokes, as well as those who like quirky mysteries." --Booklist on Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"This second book in the Friday Barnes series is even funnier and quirkier than its predecessor." --School Library Journal on Under Suspicion: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"Spratt's effortlessly funny narration will keep readers laughing from start to finish." --Publishers Weekly, starred review on Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"Spratt begins this new series with a nifty, engaging protagonist who can keep readers laughing and help young geeks feel good about themselves . . . Delightful, highly logical, and well-informed fun." --Kirkus Reviews on Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"With off-the-wall plot turns and small mysteries scattered throughout, this is the perfect choice for mystery fans with a silly sense of humor, and the cliff-hanger ending promises more sleuthing on the horizon. Gosier's black-and-white spot illustrations add to the charming atmosphere. A sheer delight." --Booklist, starred review on Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery

"Quirky, tongue-in-cheek... delightfully eccentric . . . A good choice for voracious readers who enjoy a blend of humor and mystery." --School Library Journal on Girl Detective: A Friday Barnes Mystery