Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mystery of Meerkat HIll by Alexander Mccall-Smith-OPTIONAL

Mccall-Smith, Alexander, The Mystery of Meerkat Hill. Pgs. 90. Random House, 2013. $6.99. Language: G, Mature Content: G, Violence: G

Precious Ramotswe lives in Botswania. When 2 new kids move into town, Teb and Pontsho, who have a pet meerkat named Kosi.  Precious hits it off with them right away, but one morning Pontsho and Teb’s family cow disappears without a trace. Now, Precious will have to use her detective skills and enlist the help of Teb, Pontsho, and their meerkat to find what happened to the animal. Will they succeed?

Although the writing style is older and feels condescending, readers will enjoy the likable personalities of the characters and the colorful, unique illustration. Readers who like detective stories, mysteries, and friendship fiction will like reading this book. EL (K-3), EL.OPTIONAL.  Reviewer: Kira M, Youth Services Librarian, WHI Public Library.

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