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The Great Cake Mystery

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The Great Cake Mystery

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Adult fans of best-selling Smith’s No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, will be anxious to give this prequel to the children they know. This series starter introduces the author’s heroine, Precious Ramotswe, as a young girl solving her first case. Someone has been stealing treats from her friends at school, and suspicion swirls around a chubby boy named Poloko. Encouraged by her father, who has noted Precious’ powers of deduction, the sleuth decides to follow her instincts and prove Poloko innocent. The story is simply told—Smith has previous experience with children’s books with the Akimbo series—and it will work well for children new to the mystery genre. Adding to the appeal are wonderful graphic illustrations done in red and black. A map of Botswana and drawings of the flora, fauna, and settings mentioned in the text will give readers a clear picture of Precious’ world.

Author: Alexander McCall Smith. 96 pp. Grades: 2-4 (Read-alone age: 8+). Hardcover. Publisher: Anchor, 2012. 

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