Friday 11 March 2022

Frankie Best Hates Quests


Frankie Best Hates Quests by Chris Smith (Puffin) PB RRP $14.99 ISBN 9780241522110

Reviewed by Kathleen Grace

Here is a fantasy novel sub-titled ‘The Accidental Adventure of a Lifetime’ for 8–12-year-old-readers by bestselling author Chris Smith.                                                                                     

Twelve-year-old Frankie Best is not happy. She's stuck at Grandad's with her annoyingly nerdy brother Joel for a whole week while her parents swan off to the Arctic. Things take a turn for the worse when Grandad gets kidnapped by gnoblins (no, that is not spelt incorrectly) forcing Frankie to embark on a rescue mission across a magical realm filled with strange creatures, dangerous enemies and - worst of all - absolutely no WiFi.                                                                                          

Frankie did have big plans to watch YouTube and eat pot noodles that weekend, but it looks like she'll just have to go on an epic mega-dangerous quest instead . . .

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