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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers


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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

Smith, Alexander Mccall
Anchor Books
McCall Smith, Alexander
Smith, Alexander McCall
People & Places - Africa
Children s-General
Mysteries & Detective Stories
Edition Description:
Trade paper
A Precious Ramotswe Mystery for Young Readers
Publication Date:
Grade Level:
from 2 up to 9
27.5 x 10.5 x 6 in 4.54 lb
Age Level:
from 7 up to 14

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The Great Cake Mystery: Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case: A Number 1 Ladies' Detective Agency Book for Young Readers New Trade Paper
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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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