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Although this story wouldn't hold up to modern standards of what makes a short story great, it is a gem of its own. In this heart warming story, a school girl applies what she knows to solve a small mystery that occurs at her school. I loved the way she stands up for what she believes is right and doesn't fall into the peer-pressure/crowd mentality trap that her classmates do when they single out one child as the "guilty" one without having substantial evidence. A cultural gem I was glad my children listened to.
The narration is great in terms of accent and reminds me of my time spent in Africa.
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What a delightful short story. This story is aimed at children but adults will enjoy it also. As with all Alexander McCall Smith this story has a moral lesson, I wished more authors would also provide moral and or ethical lessons/problems in their stories. I felt as if I was in Botswana while reading this story, I could almost hear, feel and smell the sounds of the village and school. Adjoa Andoh did a great job narrating the story her accent and rhythm of speaking sounded like the region of Africa. I have both read and listen to Smith books and because of the difficult words such as the names I would rather listen to the reader roll their R's. Lisette LeCat narrated the other books but I think Andoh sounds younger but the accent is the same. Because this book was for children the reader also slowly did the pronunciation of the names which I thought was great.
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