The last in the current series of Friday Barnes' books is as good as any of its predecessors including (spoiler alert) Friday's first kiss. It ends with a teaser that suggests RA Spratt might perhaps be convinced to to reunite her principal characters when they all turn 17, something which is the fervent hope of 3 generations in my family. We all love Friday and her friends, and wait with eagerness to be reunited with them.
There's a new principal, Dr Belcredi, and she doesn't seem to like Friday Barnes - not even one little bit - and getting rid of Friday seems to be at the top of her agenda for Hillcrest Academy. With the confusion of implosions galore - both actual and emotional, thefts of valuable school property, the whole school being forced to live in tents while an asbestos crisis in the school building is handled, and people still searching for the lost treasure of Hillcrest Academy it seems that Dr Belcredi might get her wish and have reason to expel Friday sooner rather than later. Will Friday solve all the mysteries - who is stealing from the Academy, is there a treasure and if so where is it, and why is the school building being burrowed under etc - before Dr Belcredi manages to ease her out the door or are these final mysteries too much for Friday Barnes?
Another lovely story in the Friday Barnes series which neatly solves a lot of the open story questions that have been hanging over the series since book one.
Sadly, this is the final book. While the final pages assure us that there is a new series coming with new characters (which is great) I really hope that this isn't going to be the last we see of Friday Barnes. She deserves more books and I think avid readers deserve more of her escapades as well. I hope that maybe one day R A Spratt will decide she misses Friday too and will resurrect the series for the rest of us to enjoy further Friday adventures. I wait in hope...