Winner of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2020

Anisha, Accidental Detective

Serena Patel

Age: 7+


Series: Anisha, Accidental Detective

Anisha, Accidental Detective

By: Serena Patel

Illustrated by Emma McCann

Series : Anisha, Accidental Detective

Age 7+

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"Perfect for younger detectives. So funny and clever and sweet." Robin Stevens

Winner of the Sainsbury's Children's Book Prize and of the Crimefest Best Crime Novel for Children

HELP! My super-dramatic Aunty Bindi is getting married tomorrow and she's having a mega meltdown.

But sssh! I've just found a ransom note, pushed through the letter box, saying Uncle Tony, Bindi's husband-to-be, has been kidnapped, and will only be freed if the wedding is cancelled!

I have to keep this a secret otherwise it'll be panic-central...

I guess it's up to me - Anisha, ACCIDENTAL DETECTIVE, to save the day.

Young crime lovers will snap up Serena Patel's lively, funny Anisha, Accidental Detective.
The Guardian
256 pages
199 x 132.6mm
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March 2020
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Serena Patel
Serena Patel is the author of the Anisha, Accidental Detective series which won the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award for Fiction. She lives in the West Midlands with her family and believes all children deserve to feel seen in the stories they read and that books are an important tool for empathy. When she's not writing Serena enjoys watching movies, reading and eating cake. Chocolate cake preferred.

Find out more about Serena Patel

Emma McCann

Emma McCann is a freelance illustrator, sporadic painter/print maker, occasional cake baker, and regular mess maker. She lives in Cornwall and works from an attic studio where her ideas are scribbled, Wacom'd, and Photoshopped into existence. In her spare time, Emma undertakes scientific research into Cornwall's best cream tea and takes it very, very seriously.

First a kidnapped bridegroom and now a flooded school? Looks like a case for Anisha, Accidental Detective!

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Sainsbury's Children's Book Award 2020


Crimefest Book Awards 2021


The British Book Awards 2021


Tower Hamlets Book Award 2020


North Somerset Teachers' Book Award 2020


The Branford Boase Award 2021


Leicester Libraries Our Best Book 2021

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Financial Times

The chaotic warmth of an eccentric extended family underpins this exhilarating romp which touches upon children's insecurity about change. Anisha and Milo are an engaging team who we are sure to meet again.

Daily Mail

Young crime lovers will snap up Serena Patel's lively, funny Anisha, Accidental Detective.

The Guardian

Patel's astute characterisation and irresistible humour are heightened by Emma McCann's illustrations.

The Guardian, Children's Books of the Year

A fabulously funny mystery.

Sunday Express

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Join Anisha and her best friend Milo as they try to solve the mystery of her Uncle's kidnap in this detective creative writing activity. With video content and writing tips from author Serena Patel.

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