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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (563 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alexander McCall Smith Narrator: Adjoa Andoh Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Precious Ramotswe Mysteries Release Date:
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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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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

  • Winner of the 2013 Audie Award for Children's Titles for Ages Up to 8
  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Julie | 2/19/2014

    " Not many chapter book series are set in Africa, so that factor alone sets this book apart from its peers. A little mystery, a little intrigue, throw in some good lessons and some global awareness makes for a good series for 2-3rd grade readers. With the strong female lead character, it will probably be more popular with girls than boys. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Blushand Barbells | 2/7/2014

    " There is a bit of retconning going on in this book. I'll overlook it since it was a cute story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Sarah | 2/7/2014

    " Goes right to the heart. I can't wait to tea this with a kid! Even has an Edna Lewis sponge cake recipe. Perfect! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Debbie | 2/6/2014

    " A children's version of "The No.1 Ladies Detective Agency". I love the adult series and thought this was just as charming. "

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