I did it! I did it! I solved the case. Well not the whole case, just who was the chocolatier on the ship. This is the fourth book in the Frankie Dupont series and having read all four this was the first time I knew the answer before it was revealed in the book.
Often with book series after the first few, the books become mundane. As readers we know the characters, we know the author’s style we can predict endings due to previous books. This is why I enjoy the Frankie Dupont series. The setting, the crime, the suspects are different. The author Julie Ann Grasso doesn’t seem to work from a template of how the crime should be solved, therefore allowing variety in her books and more importantly creating interest to the reader.
In Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist, the crime has not even been committed. Frankie and his growing team of helpers (and us as readers) try to solve the mystery before it happens. This creates excitement in the plot as we wonder how Frankie will solve the case this time, and whether we will beat him to it.
For those who haven’t read previous Frankie Dupont books or my educational reviews I will briefly sum up why I enjoy these books.
The characters are great role models, they are not disrespectful to adults, there is no bullying and the language is age appropriate.
The mysteries are well written. They give students a great understanding of how to write a mystery. They provide perfect structure and timing to students, to model in their own writing.
The language is easy to read. I admire Julie Anne Grasso’s writing, each word seems to be perfectly chosen for each situation. I have always enjoyed the author’s choice of character names. Students are exposed to new words and there is a nice amount of humour and play on words to keep the reader amused.
The crime. Each crime is different which gives Frankie a chance to use a different set of crime solving techniques to find the culprit from the range of suspects.
The illustrations capture the different scenes in the book. You can return to these detailed illustrations to find something new each time.
Even though the books are written for enjoyment there are many opportunities to include educational activities to reinforce the students’ comprehension of the book or to study concepts covered.
In the Frankie Dupont and the High Seas Heist Teacher Resource Booklet you will find activities on being a Fingerprint Detective, Handwriting Detective, creating your own chocolate, investigating mystery ingredients and plenty more.
For your free Teacher Resource Booklet please click on this link or head to Julie Anne Grasso’s website below.
Previous Educational Reviews of the Frankie Dupont series