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A Dinosaur Ate My Sister

A Marcus Rashford Bookclub Choice

Pooja Puri Allen Fatimaharan



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27 July 2021
A Dinosaur Ate My Sister is the first book selected in the Marcus Rashford Book Club.

'The perfect story to escape into and find adventure. Pooja is super talented and I'm a big fan!' - Marcus Rashford MBE This brilliantly illustrated, laugh-out-loud, wacky adventure through time by Pooja Puri is the perfect blend of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Jurassic Park.

Before you start reading, there are a few things you should know: 1. I, Esha Verma, am a genius inventor extraordinaire. 2. There is nothing I cannot invent. This includes words. 3. I did not mean to send my sister back to the Age of the Dinosaurs. That was HER OWN FAULT (Mum and Dad, if you're reading this, please take note).

Esha Verma, her snotty apprentice Broccoli and his cunning pet tortoise have a dream. They are going to win the legendary Brain Trophy - the ultimate inventing prize. This year's entry: A TIME MACHINE.

But the day before the competition, Esha's IGNORAMUS big sister hijacks the time machine and is lost in the Cretaceous age.

With help from a new recruit for The Office of Time, Esha and Broccoli will have to face hungry dinosaurs, mysterious black holes and malfunctioning inventions to get them back in time.

The Marcus Rashford Book Club is a collaboration between Marcus Rashford and Macmillan Children's Books, inspiring children to develop a love of reading and literacy as a life skill.
By:   Pooja Puri
Illustrated by:   Allen Fatimaharan
Imprint:   Macmillan
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 196mm,  Width: 130mm,  Spine: 23mm
Weight:   218g
ISBN:   9781529070668
ISBN 10:   152907066X
Series:   A Dinosaur Ate My Sister
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   27 July 2021
Recommended Age:   From 8 to 11 years
Audience:   Children/juvenile ,  English as a second language
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

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 by Black & White's YA imprint Ink Road, in 2017. In 2018, The Jungle was nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. A Dinosaur Ate My Sister is her first middle-grade novel.

Reviews for A Dinosaur Ate My Sister: A Marcus Rashford Bookclub Choice

A joyfully bonkers adventure, brimming with humour and heart. * Maz Evans, author of Who Let the Gods Out? * Rip-roaring fun for all ages! * Aisha Bushby, author of A Pocketful of Stars * A hilarious, pitch-perfect, roarsome romp of a time travel adventure. Genius inventions, dinosaurs, and a tortoise called Archibald. What more could you ask for? Pooja Puri is a tremendous talent - absolutely one to watch - and her fabulous story has been brought to life brilliantly with super fun art from Allen Fatimaharan. * Rashmi Sirdeshpande author of Dosh! and Never Show a T-Rex a Book * A wonderful romp through time with plenty of dinosaurs, inventions and Mr Gum-like new words. Allen Fatimaharan's art really pops - and some of the dinosaurs are GENUINELY scary! This book shows no respect for the fourth wall and I love it. Also, cracking one-liners! I felt a strong urge to go and invent stuff afterwards, so, warning to parents, you may end up with some geniuses of your own blasting holes in the space-time continuum. My recommendation of this book as a reading experience does NOT mean I approve of such meddling with the timeline! * Louie Stowell author of The Dragon in the Library *

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