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Anisha, Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled

Written by Serena Patel

Illustrated by Emma McCann

Part of the Anisha, Accidental Detective Series

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Anisha, Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled Review

Family / Home Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny School Stories

Fresh, funny, unmissable school adventures

Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Awards 2021, Best Story

Funny, action-packed and full of great characters, I can recommend Serena Patel’s new story to anyone – indeed, everyone – who’s at primary school. They’ll giggle with recognition at the setting and be thoroughly caught up in the story. In this new adventure, the second in a series, our hero Anisha is set to show off her volcano project at the science fair and has high hopes of winning the prize and a trip to the national space centre. But disaster strikes when her volcano erupts prematurely and floods the school. Anisha is disqualified and begins to suspect sabotage. With the help of her best friend Milo and his pet rat, she sets out to find the culprit. Anisha’s family are as much a part of the story as her schoolmates and readers will put down the book feeling they have increased their circle of friends considerably. Illustrations throughout by Emma McCann add to the overall liveliness of the telling. Great stuff!

This is one to recommend to fans of Konnie Huq’s Cookie books which also feature a direct talking, lively, science-obsessed central character and are just as much fun to read.

Some of our Kids Reader Review Panel were lucky enough to review the first in the series, Anisha, Accidental Detective - read their reviews here!

Andrea Reece

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Reflecting Realities survey concluded that only 1% of children's books have BAME main characters, and that only one children’s book published in 2017 featuring a BAME character was defined as comedy.

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Anisha, Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled Synopsis

"I've been working sooo hard with Milo and Govi to make our super-erupting volcano for the school science fair. I really thought we might win first prize - a trip to the National Space Centre. But now we're in BIG trouble.

One minute we were in the lab practising our science demo, and the next thing we knew, our volcano exploded and flooded the corridors. School had to be cancelled!

But did we really get our project so wrong - or is someone else trying to win first prize? Looks like a case for Anisha, Accidental Detective!""

Anisha can't wait to show off her volcano project at the science fair...and maybe win the prize trip to the national space centre. But when the volcano explodes and floods the school, Anisha is disqualified. It's so unfair, because it wasn't her fault!

Can Anisha, her best friend Milo, a pet rat, and a high-school vlogger catch the culprit?

Anisha, Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This book is so amazing and funny. I finished it in a day! Anisha, Accidental Detective is the best book of the year. I love the way how the story and writing is set up and how the pictures match the scene. Anisha really looks like me.  Full review

Amatullah Khatun (Age 10)

Anisha the Accidental Detective is a great book that I loved reading and I will tell all my friends about. I am 8 and I read this on my own. 5 stars! Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 8)

A fun book for anyone who likes mysteries and funny stories! Full review

Aidan Jones (Age 8)

I found the book hilarious and I would recommend it for people who are 7-10 years old. Full review

Marcus Hoang (Age 9)

Anisha is back with a brilliant, funny school adventure. Full review

Charlotte Walker

A great mystery book that makes you laugh with a plot twist to keep you reading. Full review

Charlotte Killen (Age 9)

A great book full of excitement and mystery. It will make you want to pick it up and not put it down! Another great addition for anyone who likes the Anisha books. Full review

Angelito Francisco (Age 9)

An exciting and funny story, perfect for any reader. Full review

Thalia S. A. (Age 11 )

Anisha, Accidental Detective: School's Cancelled Press Reviews

Praise for Anisha, Accidental Detective;

"An absolute joy from start to finish!" Jennifer Killick  

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ISBN: 9781474959537
Publication date: 03/09/2020
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781474959537
Publication date: 3rd September 2020
Author: Serena Patel
Illustrator: Emma McCann
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 256 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Family / Home Stories, Funny, School Stories
Recommendations: Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Let's Get Back to School!, 25 books to celebrate #WomenInScience this International Day for Women and Girls in Science. ,

About Serena Patel

Serena Patel is a part-time law firm training co-ordinator and mum of two. She was shortlisted for the Asian Writer Short Story Prize in 2017 and was a finalist in the Undiscovered Voices Anthology in 2018. She is also a member of the Golden Egg Academy and SCWBI. Photo credit Tania Morris.

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