Young Precious gets a very special treat. She gets a trip to visit her Aunty Bee at a safari camp. While there she makes a new friend, a boy named Khumo, and meets an actor-lion named Teddy, who is starring in a film. When Teddy disappears, Khumo and Precious will brave hippos and crocodiles as they search for the missing lion.
With a Reader's Guide
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).
"Precious’ keen sense of right and wrong will inspire readers; her powers of observation may inspire budding detectives. . . . The straightforward plot, easy vocabulary and compelling setting make this a perfect step up from early chapter books. That McCall Smith brings a great sense of fun to his prose heightens the appeal." --Kirkus Reviews
Praise for The Great Cake Mystery:
“Kids will love this kind and clever new detective.” —Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor–winning author of Lily’s Crossing
“A detective is born! What a delightful, breezy read!” —Mary Pope Osborne, bestselling author of The Magic Tree House series “A sweet detective story, this book will introduce readers to a part of the world they might know little about.” —The Washington Post “Good for kids who like mysteries and stories about other cultures and friendship all packed into one.” —TIME for Kids magazine