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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.
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.
"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?
In addition to our Lovereading 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
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
A fun book for anyone who likes mysteries and funny stories! Full review
Anisha is back with a brilliant, funny school adventure. Full review
A great mystery book that makes you laugh with a plot twist to keep you reading. Full review
Praise for Anisha, Accidental Detective;
"An absolute joy from start to finish!" Jennifer Killick
|Publication date:||3rd September 2020|
|Publisher:||Usborne Publishing Ltd|
|Suitable for:||7+ readers, 9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Humorous, School Stories|
|Recommendations:||Reluctant Readers, Reviewed by Children|
|Collections:||Let's Get Back to School!,|
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.More About Serena Patel
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