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About the book
  • Published: 2 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143784203
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $15.99

Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear




Friday's time at Highcrest is running out!

Friday's time at Highcrest is running out!
The new headmaster is turning everything upside down. Friday's irritatingly high IQ has her fast-tracked to graduation, while a pair of incriminating pants puts Ian on the rocky road to expulsion.

When a rumour emerges of embezzled gold stashed on the school grounds, Friday is determined to uncover the truth. But some big questions remain: Can she stay out of detention long enough to solve the mystery? How will Melanie survive without Friday to tell her what class she's in? And will Friday ever get that first kiss with Ian?

With implosions and explosions everywhere, Friday Barnes will have to use her head and get a grip on her beating heart in order to find the gold that lies within.

  • Pub date: 2 January 2018
  • ISBN: 9780143784203
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 288
  • RRP: $15.99

About the Author

R.A. Spratt

R.A. Spratt is the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins. In her previous life she was a television writer. Unlike the Peski kids, R.A. Spratt never fights with her brother, but only because he moved to Hong Kong to get away from her. R.A. lives in Bowral, NSW, where she has three chickens, two goldfish and a dog. She also has a husband and two daughters.

For more information, visit raspratt.com

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Praise for Friday Barnes 8: Never Fear

“I like that Spratt has portrayed Friday as a strong, capable and smart young woman, who shows other young girls that they can be all of these things too. There is no damsel in distress, or girls reliant on boys, but the book is all about young women making choices that are smart (most of the time) and well thought out (sometimes), and boys that are messy and pretending not to like girls (sounds familiar right).”

Allison, Little Big Reads

“All of her usual flair continues in this funny outing for this wonderful quirky main character. This time a little romance sneaks into the equation, showing readers a different side of her character. She is self sufficient, daring and clever, and is sure to attract the most fastidious of readers.”

Fran Knight, ReadPlus


Awards & Recognition

  • Sisters in Crime Davitt Award

    Longlisted • 2019 • Best Children's Crime Novel

  • WAYBRA Children's Choice Awards

    Shortlisted • 2019 • Younger Readers


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