Author(s): Juliet Jacka
Book 3 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10. Meet Frankie Potts, the village of Tring's number-one girl detective. She has flaming red hair, a questioning mind and a very clever dog named Sparkplug. And she is REALLY good at solving mysteries. Frankie's list of mysteries to solve is getting longer by the day. Firstly, her mum is acting very strangely -she's tired, grumpy and feels sick all the time. And then there's Grandma M, who keeps dropping hints about expanding her troupe of performing greyhounds- Tinkerbell, Titania and Tiramisu. With her detective sidekick Mac, Frankie travels to Gigglesworth to find out about the mysterious Gideon R. Best, Animal Trainer Extraordinaire, and why he sent a postcard - with two kisses on it - to Frankie's mum. How can Frankie work out what an overweight donkey, a cuddle-obsessed pig and a pooing parrot have to do with anything? And why has Tinkerbell started to waddle? Kaboom! Things are getting explosive in Frankie's family. She had better start solving ...
Juliet Jacka (Author) Juliet Jacka started writing junior fiction stories when she was on maternity leave with her first daughter (who was luckily a good sleeper). Juliet's first book Night of the Perigee Moon won the 2013 Tom Fitzgibbon Storylines Award and was published in 2014 by Scholastic. Her story The Keeper of Spirit Hill was shortlisted in Tom Fitzgibbon competitions in 2011 and 2013. Her delightful chapter-book series about Frankie Potts, red-haired girl detective was launched by Puffin in July 2016 with #1 Frankie Potts and the Sparkplug Mysteries and #2 Frankie Potts and the Bikini Burglar. Juliet is pleased to be carrying on a family tradition by becoming a published author- she's the third generation to do so. She lives in one of Wellington's hilly suburbs in a red house by a railway line, with her husband and two young daughters. Juliet juggles writing with family life and her work, which involves doing inscrutable digital stuff with websites. Phoebe Morris (Illustrator) As a child, Phoebe Morris always dreamed of becoming a zoo keeper and working with animals. However, persistent allergies meant that she ended up drawing them instead. As an adult, Phoebe now spends her time drawing a range of things - either on paper, or on her custom PC named 'the Millennium Falcon'. In 2015 Phoebe collaborated with author David Hill on the acclaimed picture-book biography of Sir Edmund Hillary, First to the Top. Unanimously praised for the quality of the illustrations, it was named a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. In a review for the NZ Listener, Ann Packer wrote, 'Wellingtonian Phoebe Morris makes a stunning debut as an illustrator ... From the arresting cover, through cameos of his