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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
A detective is born in the first book of an excellent new series of Precious Ramotswe mystery stories aimed at younger readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michael Murphy
Having read all of the #1 Ladies Detective series, I was thrilled to see these stories of when the famous lady detective was a youth, written for young readers. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jennom
Nice to see the origins of Precious Ramotswe's detective bearings. Would like more short stories on how she met Mma Potakwane or how JLB Matekoni discovers his love for carsPublished 4 months ago by Aparna
I.ll send this book to my granddaughter, Sophia. She is going to like it a lot. It is about children Sophia.s age and how they learn an important lesson. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Suzanne M. Lowrie
Here's a gentle tale told for children - but which age of little girls? It's a mystery whose clue is given in its illustrations. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Carol Howe
Even for pre-adolescents, McCall Smith never disappoints. I love his writing style, for younger readers, which still preserves the excellent form able to be executed only by AMcS:... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Remi A. Enobakhare
Enjoyed this very much. The reader was wonderful and the philosophy great. However, I keep on feeling that McCall Smith's endings are rushed; that is, enough (he says, to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by gloria chavez