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Fantastic Frankie and the Brain-Drain Machine Award-winning author/illustrator

by Anna Kemp (author) and Alex T. Smith (illustrator)

Suitable for 7 - 9 years

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Product description

When Frankie Blewitt brings home yet another F-for-failure school report, it’s the last straw for his fussy parents, who decide to pack him off to boarding school. At first Frankie is relieved to be away from his horrible family. But then he discovers that something really weird is going on at Crammer Grammar! The sinister headmaster, Dr Gore, plans to turn all the students into robot-like boffins using his dastardly new invention, the brain-drain machine! With the help of his new schoolmates, a crazy French nanny and a poodle named Colette, can Frankie save the day?

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Simon & Schuster Childrens Books

Date published

January 6th, 2011

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Accelerated Reader

AR book level: 5.3; Middle years; 5.0 points




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  1. alibaba4
    on 7 March 2014

    Brain drain machine!!good book!

    5out of 5
  2. siny79
    on 30 June 2012

    It was really spectacular. I couldn’t believe my eyes. When I red it, my eyelashes grew of amasement that I red it nearly 5 times! It was about a boy, who was really generous and he tried to impress his parents, but they were never, NEVER happy with him. The thing that impressed me most was that he always gets into trouble and he had a lot of crasy adventres. I’m gonna rate it 5 stars becuase I hate reading, but when I red this book I always tell my mum to buy me books.

    5out of 5