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Monday 1 February 2016

Review: Precious and the Zebra Necklace (A New Case for Precious Ramotswe)

Alexander McCall Smith, well-known author of the Number One Detective Ladies Agency, takes us back in time to find Precious Ramotswe in her early detective days.

Can nine-year-old Precious solve the mystery of Nancy’s long lost family with only a photo and a carved necklace as clues? She is willing to travel far and face many dangers to help her friend. Luckily, a boy from the San tribe stumbles upon the girls when they become lost on an unfamiliar track but how do you ask for help when you don’t speak the same language?

Set in two Botswana villages and the wilderness that stretches between, this African adventure is rich in little details that speak volumes about life and culture in Botswana.

Precious and the Zebra Necklace is the perfect detective adventure for confident middle primary readers. For the less confident Precious Ramotswe stories will work well as a shared family tale.

Title: Precious and the Zebra Necklace (A New Case for Precious Ramotswe)
Author: Alexander McCall Smith
Illustrator: Iain McIntosh
Publisher: Birlinn Ltd, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: September 2015
Format: Hard cover
ISBN: 9781780273273
For ages: 6+
Type: Junior Fiction