The Great Cake Mystery

The Great Cake Mystery

Precious Ramotswe's Very First Case

eBook - 2012
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Before becoming the first female private investigator in Botswana, eight-year-old Precious Ramotswe tracks down a thief who has been stealing her classmates' snacks.
Publisher: New York : Anchor Books, 2012
ISBN: 9780307743909
030774390X
Characteristics: 1 online resource : ill. (some col.), map

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m2 Jul 02, 2012

Fun and sweet story
about when Precious Ramotswe first solves a mystery, as a young girl in school in Botwana. Great to have a strong capable female African lead in a JChapter format -- the only thing to compare is Anna Hibiscus by Atinuke. There is a shameless plug at the end for No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, but I would vote for LOTS more young Precious Ramotswe mysteries.

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kmoyer
Jun 21, 2012

Interesting to see how & why he developed this story for the younger age group. 'Scholastic book ' approach.

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modestgoddess
Jun 12, 2012

I liked this, though I did see the solution to the mystery very early on - not sure if a child would? Some lovely touches, like the story of Precious's father meeting a lion when he was a boy. The back of the book seemed to have some excellent follow-up questions and activities for those who were inclined to use the story as a learning/teaching tool with children.

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 01, 2012

An early chapter book of a mystery starring his most famous character during her childhood, Smith isn’t entirely comfortable writing for a young audience, but this mini mystery and its jaw-dropping illustrations will please proto-detectives, both large and small.

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 01, 2012

ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD thinks this title is suitable for between the ages of 7 and 10

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ELIZABETH RAMSEY BIRD Feb 01, 2012

Some people are good at noticing things. Take Precious Ramotswe. She’s the kind of girl who will seriously consider when someone might be lying or telling the truth. Prompted by her father to consider a future as a detective, Precious likes the idea but figures it’ll be years before she gets her first case. As it turns out, it happens a lot faster than she might think. At school a boy is accused of stealing sweets from his fellow students. Refusing to accept circumstantial evidence, Precious discovers the true culprits and devises a delightful solution to the sticky fingered thief problem.

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