A Robot Squashed My Teacher is the laugh-out-loud, wacky adventure by Pooja Puri brilliantly illustrated by Allen Fatimaharan, the sequel to the Marcus Rashford Book Club Selected book A Dinosaur Ate My Sister. Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know: 1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire. 2. I like lists. 3. I did not mean to turn my teacher into a pigeon. Some things just can't be helped.
Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his secretly cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy – the ultimate inventing prize. This year's entry: The RoarEasy – a gadget that lets the user speak to animals.
But when Esha's arch-nemesis, fellow inventor Ernie, lands her in detention, the RoarEasy malfunctions and suddenly Monsieur Crépeau is TRANSFORMED INTO A PIGEON.
Luckily for Esha, she knows exactly what she needs to repair her invention and where to find it: locked away in the mysterious Central Research Laboratories.
She, Broccoli, Archibald and Monsieur Crépeau will have to go undercover and break into the labs before the competition to return Monsieur Crépeau to his human form. And with Ernie following them, determined to foil their plans as they face giant robots, killer plants, shrinking machines, robo-spiders, clouds that make you float and terrifying twisters, they're going to need all the help they can get to get out of this wacky pickle.
From the minute I read the first page I was pulled firmly into the mad-cap world of Esha Verma inventor extraordinaire! It’s crammed with hilarious episodes of top-drawer ingenuity – Who wouldn’t want to (accidentally) turn their teacher into a pigeon? I was in awe of this sparkling adventure filled with so much imagination, fun and pure craziness! -- Jasbinder Bilan, bestselling and award-winning author of Asha & The Spirit Bird
About the Author
Pooja Puri graduated from King’s College London with a first-class degree in English Language and Literature. Whilst at university she read for a publishing house and has since worked in the education sector. In 2014, she was chosen as a winner of the Ideas Tap Writer’s Centre Norwich Inspires competition. She went on to complete the MA in Writing for Young People at Bath Spa University. Her debut novel The Jungle is a brave and beautiful narrative about two teenage refugees in Calais and was published in 2017. In 2018, The Jungle was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. She is the author of two middle-grade novelsA Dinosaur Ate My Sister, selected for the Marcus Rashford Book Club, and A Robot Squashed My Teacher.