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Headmasters behaving badly!

Headmasters behaving badly!

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!


Old and new characters make their appearances and really you have to love Mrs Cannon, the world's laziest English teacher - I wonder what might happen if I tried that approach? These are such fun to read and Friday's idiosyncrasies are so goofy as to be endearing. The solid friendships are a great feature of this series, proving you don't need to be pattern made to fit in.

Sue Warren, ReadPlus

Spratt writes with great wit and a remarkable understanding of how annoying clever students and bad-tempered adults can be. She is definitely on Friday’s side, however, so that the reader can always see through the posturing of adults. Good readers from about ten years old will appreciate Friday’s difficulties in a world where the students are able to see what is happening well before the teachers.

Stella Lees, CBCA Reading Time

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    July 31, 2017

    Random House Australia Children's

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    July 31, 2017

    Random House Australia

    272 pages

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