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A fast-paced, madcap and hilarious adventure from the award-winning author of For the Record.

Matilda loves science and inventing. Her heroes are Marie Curie, Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Edison, and one day she wants to be a famous inventor herself. So when she doesn’t win the school science fair, she’s devastated – especially as the judges didn’t believe she'd come up with her entry on her own. Because she's a girl.

When Matilda shares her woes with her Grandma Joss, she's astonished to learn her grandma was once a scientist herself – an astrophysicist, who discovered her very own planet. Trouble is, Grandma Joss was also overlooked – her boss, Professor Smocks, stole her discovery for himself. And he's about to be presented with a Nobel Prize.

Matilda concocts a plan. They'll crash the award ceremony and tell everyone the truth! So begins a race against time - and against Matilda's strict mum and dad! - on a journey through Paris, Hamburg and Stockholm, and on which they encounter a famous film star, a circus, and a wanted diamond thief...

Reviews

Matilda is a great character, a brilliant role model, and the book is a real affirmation of women as scientists

Parents in Touch

A warm-hearted, funny, madcap adventure . . . this book is going to get kids very fired up about science

Robin Stevens

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Formats & editions

  • Paperback

    9780552568371

    August 28, 2017

    Corgi Childrens

    320 pages

    RRP $16.99

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  • EBook

    9781448171989

    July 6, 2017

    RHCP Digital

    320 pages

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