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...
SHORTLISTED for the 2018 HARROW JUNIOR BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED for the 2018 HULL JAMES RECKITT CHILDREN'S BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED for the 2018 SHREWSBURY BOOK AWARD
SHORTLISTED for the 2018 OXFORDSHIRE BOOK AWARD
"Matilda is a great character, a brilliant role model, and the book is a real affirmation of women as scientists" (Parents in Touch)
My 7 year old daughter was given this wonderful book for her birthday recently. From the moment she opened it, she was engrossed and did not put it down. Fantastic characters and a thoroughly entertaining tale and in the words of my daughter "better than David Walliams!"
Not your average heroine, Matilda is a fabulous inventor who just wants the world to see that girls can invent and discover cool stuff too. Funny, witty and all round entertaining. It was rather super. (The Bookbag)
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