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Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith brings the majesty and dangers of Africa to life in this vividly imagined adventure for young readers. This edition includes fun facts about snakes. Illustrations.
Alexander McCall Smith was in his 50s by the time he appeared on the bestseller lists with his No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency series. The series revolves around Mma Ramotswe, the amply proportioned owner of the titular agency, who comes to the aid of her neighbors in Botswana with a blend of warmth, wisdom, and insight that has endeared her to readers all over the world. McCall Smith was born in Zimbabwe (then called Rhodesia), where his father was working as a public prosecutor. As a teen, he moved back to his family's native Scotland, and he later studied law at the University of Edinburgh. McCall Smith enjoyed a long and distinguished career as a law professor and expert in bioethics. Among his accomplishments was helping to found the law school at the University of Botswana. He got the idea for Mma Ramotswe during a visit with a Botswana woman who raised chickens. "She was running spectacularly around her backyard chasing [a]chicken," he recalled to one journalist. "She caught the chicken and wrung its neck with very little ceremony and handed it over to us, and I thought: 'What a woman.' I thought about what sort of life she had had. I just had an impression of a character." THE NO. 1 LADIES' DETECTIVE AGENCY was published by a small imprint in Scotland in 1998, and in 2002 Random House began distributing his work in the U.S. There are now several novels featuring Mma Ramotswe, and in 2009 a television adaptation aired on HBO. McCall Smith is also the author of other popular series, including one featuring the philosopher and amateur sleuth Isabel Dalhousie, one featuring the residents of an Edinburgh boarding house, and another featuring the bumbling Professor Dr Moritz-Maria von Igelfeld of the Institute of Romance Philology. Additionally, he has written several legal texts and children's books. He and his wife, a retired physician, live in Scotland.
From the Publisher
Famed adult mystery writer Alexander McCall Smith shares an adventurous and informative story about a boy named Akimbo and his uncle's snake park in this middle-grade novel. Though Akimbo learns everything from venom milking to capturing snakes in the wild, he doesn't expect to have a brush with danger, too! With B&W illustrations.
Akimbo was very proud of his uncle Peter, although he hardly ever saw him. Once or twice a year, though, Uncle Peter would make the journey out to the great game reserve where his brother, Akimbo's father, was the head ranger.
Akimbo can't believe his luck when his father allows him to visit his uncle Peter's snake park. And when a local village calls to report a sighting of a green mamba snake--the rarest and most deadly one of all--Akimbo hopes to help his uncle catch it for the park. But little does he expect to find himself trapped face to face with the deadliest of reptiles. Bestselling novelist Alexander McCall Smith brings the majesty and dangers of Africa to life in this vividly imagined adventure for young readers.