Greta Zargo and the death robots from outer space by A.F. Harrold

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Bloomsbury, 2017. ISBN 9781408869475
(Age: Middle primary) Greta Zargo is an eleven year old orphan who hopes to become famous in her chosen career as an investigative journalist. As an unpaid employee of the local paper, Greta believes that she needs a great scoop to ensure that she will finally have one of her articles on the front page. Instead, she is sent out to investigate what she deems to be the least exciting events ever, including the disappearances of several cakes. Independent, resilient and determined, Greta lives alone, receiving only the odd visit from her Aunt Tabitha to ensure that she is safe and happy.
Meanwhile, as Greta is focused on uncovering the truth behind the cake thefts, a silver death robot is plummeting towards earth, determined to wreak havoc. Who will be able to stop the destruction of earth? Will Greta be able to write her prize-winning article about the amazing creature? You need to read this book to discover the answer.
Initially, I found myself disliking this book intensely, but the more I read the more humorous I found the story. I quite liked the interjections on the sides of many of the pages and was quickly reminded of The Hitchhiker's guide to the galaxy. Double spaced type and lots of illustrations will undoubtedly make this an easily accessible title for middle primary students with a sense of humour. I look forward to seeing the finished product.
Jo Schenkel