“It’s fine to kill the main character’s twin sister. But you CANNOT kill a rabid hermit crab. Or any other animal. This book is for children!” – My writing coach
THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE 2: GOING WILD is the story of a potentially-reformed, eleven-year-old international international thief stuck in Greenwich, CT with her cop uncle. Frankie (named after Frank Abegnale) winds up using her thief/espionage skills to take on Tiger King x Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous… and maybe talk her uncle into letting her have a cat.
GOING WILD is the second in a series about this sassy and spunky but very tender and relatable preteen criminal mastermind and her LGBTQIA-coded, ride-or-die, protege Ollie.
Thank you to Pixel+Ink and to #BookAllies for the Advance Review Copy. All opinions are my own.
- Frankie and Ollie’s mission involves comically murderous sloths, baby tigers, anacondas who cuddle up with conflict diamonds.
- The story is told in an epistolary style (presumably a journal ordered by a psychologist) where Frankie tranquilizes an anaconda in one sentence and reflects on Veronica Mars in the next.
- Animal mistreatment happens (this is a book about the exotic animal trade). However, mentions of it are passing, and the reader’s main takeaway is the need to respect your pets and get them through the proper channels.
- While the author does a very good job of catching the reader up on the backstory, I got the vibe that this is one of those series best read in order. It’s really more about the character arcs of Frankie and Ollie.
The whole story is so over-the-top and out there that it winds up being utterly believable and relatable somehow. It’s no surprise that Brittany Geragotelis is a NYT bestselling author.
Give to a reader who just can’t wait for the next Fun Jungle book… along with its prequel.
THE INFAMOUS FRANKIE LORDE 2: GOING WILD is out now from Pixel+Ink.
- Publisher : Pixel+Ink (August 3, 2021)
- Hardcover : 304 pages
- Reading age : 10 – 14 years
- Grade level : 5 – 9