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Mystery of Meerkat Hill
Format: Trade Paperback , 112 pages
Category: Juvenile Fiction - Mysteries & Detective Stories; Juvenile Fiction - People & Places - Africa; Juvenile Fiction - Girls & Women
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: October 22, 2013
Price: $6.99
ISBN: 978-0-345-80446-4 (0-345-80446-5)
About The Book

Precious wants to be a detective when she grows up. She is always practicing at being a detective by asking questions and finding out about other people’s lives. There are two new students in her class, a girl called Teb and a boy called Pontsho. She learns that they are brother and sister, and—even more exciting—that Pontsho has a clever pet meerkat named Kosi.
 
One day, Teb and Pontsho’s family’s cow disappears. Precious helps them look for clues to find the cow. But getting the cow back home will require some quick thinking and help from an unexpected source.

Praise

"If you’re lucky, you’ve met sleuth Precious Ramotswe in Alexander McCall Smith’s best-selling No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency mysteries for adults. Now in The Mystery of Meerkat Hill, second in Smith’s series for children, young readers get a chance to follow her adventures.... The book is written with the ease of a consummate storyteller, while Iain McInstosh’s woodcuts enliven the text and handsomely depict the terrain, people and animal life of Botswana."
     --BookPage

"A marvelous chapter book ideal for young readers, and, really, all fans of McCall Smith." 
     --Booklist (starred review)

“Kids will love this kind and clever new detective.”—Patricia Reilly Giff, Newbery Honor–winning author of Lily’s Crossing

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