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There are school shenanigans too in Matt Brown’s Killer Vending Machines Wrecked my Lunch! (Usborne, RRP£6.99), third in his Dreary Inkling series. Vending machines purveying oddly flavoured snacks have been installed at heroine Drishya Samode’s school, courtesy of local tech tycoon Noel Skum (anagram fans will quickly spot which real-life billionaire entrepreneur is being lampooned here). When the machines run amok, it’s a good thing that Drishya and two geeky pals have been building a battle robot to take part in TV robot-fighting show Robocalypse. The novel, like its predecessors, is brisk, cartoony fun and immensely appealing.