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The Case of the Vanishing Granny

Written by Alexander Mccall Smith

Illustrated by Sam Usher

Part of the Conkers Series

Key Stage 1 Key Stage 2 Crime / Mystery

LoveReading View on The Case of the Vanishing Granny

Warm-hearted junior mystery

There’s all the fun of the circus in Alexander McCall Smith’s new series, and a satisfying bit of junior sleuthing. Young Billy, Fern and Joe are performers in their family circus, but there’s a bit of Sherlock Holmes about them too: as their friend Mr Birdcage points out, they’re clever, and they like helping people. So when they notice a sad boy in the audience and find out his granny has gone missing, they set about finding her, using some of their circus skills in the process. Readers will be delighted to know that the circus’s troupe of dog stars play a part as well. It’s a lovely story and as ever filled with the all-embracing sense of kindness and integrity that is characteristic of McCall Smith’s writing.


The Case of the Vanishing Granny Synopsis

Billy, Fern and Joe Shortbread are the stars of their family circus, but they also have another talent ... they're experts at solving mysteries! When their circus moves into a new town they soon make friends with a young boy named Tom. But Tom can't enjoy the circus because his granny has disappeared and he's worried he'll never see her again. With the help of their astonishing circus skills can the Shortbread circus stars crack the clues and find Tom's granny?

A brilliant McCall Smith adventure story, brimming with wit, wisdom and larger than life characters.

Book Information

ISBN: 9781781128572
Publication date: 4th April 2019
Author: Alexander Mccall Smith
Illustrator: Sam Usher
Publisher: Barrington Stoke Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 128 pages
Year Groups: Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2
Topics: Crime / Mystery

About Alexander Mccall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith has written more than fifty books, including specialist academic titles, short story collections, and a number of immensely popular children's books. But he is best known for his internationally acclaimed No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series, published in the US in 2002 and 2003. The first installment, The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, received two Booker Judge's Special Recommendations upon its U.K. publication in 1998, and in 2003 received The Saga Wit Award (commonly known as the "silver Booker" for authors over the age of 50). The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series now numbers a total of five books (he is working on ...

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