The Great Cake Mystery

The Great Cake Mystery : Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

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Fans around the world adore the bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the basis of the HBO TV show, and its proprietor Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's premier lady detective. In this charming series, Mma Ramotswe navigates her cases and her personal life with wisdom, and good humor--not to mention help from her loyal assistant, Grace Makutsi, and the occasional cup of tea. Have you ever said to yourself, Wouldn't it be nice to be a detective? This is the story of an African girl who says just that. Her name is Precious. When a piece of cake goes missing from her classroom, a traditionally built young boy is tagged as the culprit. Precious, however, is not convinced. She sets out to find the real thief. Along the way she learns that your first guess isn't always right. She also learns how to be a detective. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Product details

  • 9-12
  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 128 x 148 x 16mm | 81.65g
  • Listening Library
  • English
  • Unabridged
  • Unabridged
  • 0449011402
  • 9780449011409
  • 802,076

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A detective is born! What a delightful, breezy read!"
Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of The Magic Tree House series
Told with an innocence that will captivate young readers, The Great Cake Mystery is a kind-hearted, feel-good story for all. Loved it!
Graham Salisbury, author of Under the Blood-Red Sun and the Calvin Coconut series
Kids will love this kind and clever new detective. They ll love the mystery, and they might even love the thieves. I look forward to more!
Patricia Reilly Giff, award-winning author of Wild Girl and other books
Good for kids who like mysteries and stories about other cultures and friendship all packed into one. TIME for Kids magazine
Stunning artwork. . . . A compelling plot and interesting secondary characters, especially classmates who are quick to make unfounded accusations and their teacher, who provides wisdom just when it is needed, will leave readers wanting more. One case where an adaptation from an adult book is as much fun to read as the original.
Kirkus Reviews, starred review
This mini mystery and its jaw-dropping illustrations will please proto-detectives, both large and small. . . . What [McCall Smith] s done with The Great Cake Mystery is unique. . . . His fans will pluck it up like so many of his other books. . . . A really fun read.
School Library Journal
"Bold and striking, McIntosh s chunky, two-color woodcutlike pictures present evocative images of the African setting. This is a story, and a heroine, with impressive dimension."
- Publishers Weekly, starred review

From the Trade Paperback edition."
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About Professor of Medical Law Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the beloved bestselling No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, the Isabel Dalhousie series, the Portuguese Irregular Verbs series, the 44 Scotland Street series, and the Corduroy Mansions series. He is also the author of numerous children's books. He is professor emeritus of medical law at the University of Edinburgh and has served on many national and international organizations concerned with bioethics. He was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and taught law at the University of Botswana.
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1,941 ratings
3.78 out of 5 stars
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4 40% (781)
3 31% (601)
2 5% (103)
1 1% (19)
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