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THE NO. 1 LADIES’ DETECTIVE AGENCY - Young Readers

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.

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"This lovely, warmhearted novel reveals how Precious Ramotswe, the star of Smith's the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for adults, launched her sleuthing career. Curious and observant, Precious, 'one of the nicest girls in Botswana,' is a natural detective. She finds her first case at school, when a piece of cake, a slice of jam-slathered bread, and some iced buns disappear. Smith laces his narrative with drily contemplative musings ('You can lose a plain piece of bread and not think twice about it, but when you lose one spread thickly with strawberry jam it's an altogether more serious matter') as well as direct addresses to readers that tap into childhood dreams of being a detective. When classmates accuse a 'rather round' student of the thefts and he denies it, Precious believes him and hunts for the real culprit. Throughout, Smith shares wise insights on human nature through his compassionate and fair-minded protagonist. 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. Ages 7 — 10. Agent: Robin Straus, Robin Straus Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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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.

About the Author

Alexander McCall Smith is the author of the 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 was born in what is now known as Zimbabwe and lives in Scotland, where in his spare time he is a bassoonist in the RTO (Really Terrible Orchestra).

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Jill Tobey, January 30, 2013 (view all comments by Jill Tobey)
Read this to my fifth grade class and they loved it. Good lessons about friendship and treating others fairly, and using your own special gifts. At times funny. Great illustrations. We used it to write our own short mysteries.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780307743893
Author:
Smith, Alexander Mccall
Publisher:
Anchor Books
Author:
McCall Smith, Alexander
Author:
Smith, Alexander McCall
Subject:
People & Places - Africa
Subject:
Children s-General
Subject:
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Subject:
mystery;botswana;fiction;africa;children
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 9
Language:
English
Illustrations:
2-COLOR ILLUSTRATIONS THRUOUT
Pages:
96
Dimensions:
27.5 x 10.5 x 6 in 4.54 lb
Age Level:
from 7 up to 14

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "This lovely, warmhearted novel reveals how Precious Ramotswe, the star of Smith's the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series for adults, launched her sleuthing career. Curious and observant, Precious, 'one of the nicest girls in Botswana,' is a natural detective. She finds her first case at school, when a piece of cake, a slice of jam-slathered bread, and some iced buns disappear. Smith laces his narrative with drily contemplative musings ('You can lose a plain piece of bread and not think twice about it, but when you lose one spread thickly with strawberry jam it's an altogether more serious matter') as well as direct addresses to readers that tap into childhood dreams of being a detective. When classmates accuse a 'rather round' student of the thefts and he denies it, Precious believes him and hunts for the real culprit. Throughout, Smith shares wise insights on human nature through his compassionate and fair-minded protagonist. 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. Ages 7 — 10. Agent: Robin Straus, Robin Straus Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , 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.

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