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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.


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

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  • Paperback


    January 2, 2018

    Random House Australia Children's

    256 pages

    RRP $15.99

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  • EBook


    January 2, 2018

    Random House Australia

    256 pages

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