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  • Published: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143770206
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $8.99

Frankie Potts and the Postcard Puzzle




Book 3 in Juliet Jacka's addictive new Frankie Potts series for readers ages 7-10.

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 Giggleswick 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 ...

  • Pub date: 30 January 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143770206
  • Imprint: Puffin
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 112
  • RRP: $8.99

About the Authors

Juliet Jacka

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

Phoebe Morris has been drawing for herself since 1996, and for other people since 2013. From a small studio in Wellington, she has collaborated with acclaimed author David Hill on award-winning picture book biographies of famous New Zealanders for Penguin Random House New Zealand: Sir Edmund Hillary (First to the Top, 2015), Burt Munro (Speed King, 2016), Jean Batten (Sky High, 2017) and Sir Peter Blake (Hero of the Sea). Phoebe is also the illustrator of the Frankie Potts junior fiction series by Juliet Jacka.
Unanimously praised for the quality of the illustrations, First to the Top was named a 2016 Storylines Notable Picture Book. In a review for the New Zealand Listener, Ann Packer wrote 'Wellingtonian Phoebe Morris makes a stunning debut as an illustrator ... from the arresting cover, through cameos of his younger life, to haunting, other-worldly mountainscapes, Morris's style gives the old story a cool new edge.'
In 2018 Phoebe was shortlisted for the Russell Clark Award for Illustration in the New Zealand Book Awards for Children and Young Adults.
Though much of her work focuses on narrative storytelling, Phoebe also creates illustrations for apps, websites, editorials, animation and interior design. Find out more about her work at phoebemorriscreative.com


Praise for Frankie Potts and the Postcard Puzzle

“My own 8-year-old loves these gentle mysteries. She found the writing easy and simple to follow and the story engaging enough to stay up and read the whole thing in a single Friday night. Mixed with Phoebe Morris' clever and quirky black and white drawings, some including paws across empty pages, she was quietly giggling away to herself at times.”

Tim Gruar, The Reader, Booksellers New Zealand Blog


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