Born in Zimbabwe, New York Times best-selling author Alexander McCall Smith uses his first-hand knowledge of Africa to connect with his young audience and supply his Akimbo chapter books with vivid details. In a central African animal sanctuary, young Akimbo sees the carcass of a mother elephant rotting in the sun. Hearing that his ranger father rarely catches these killers, Akimbo hatches a secret plan to apprehend these villains himself. But are the dangers too daunting for this aspiring hero? "This story ... conveys appreciation and respect for the African landscape, culture, and people ." -Booklist
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by Alexander McCall Smith
"McCall Smith, famous for his Ladies' Detective Agency mysteries, has written a top-notch children's story; young listeners will be transported to the heart of Africa, to plains where the grass "grows taller than a man." In Akimbo's dry, hot world, elephants still roam wild; the boy lives near a game reserve where his father protects the park and its creatures. The story is sobering: Akimbo is stirred to action when he witnesses a baby elephant orphaned by ruthless poachers who want the mother elephant's ivory tusks. Not only is McCall Smith a wonderful writer, he's a wonderful reader, and his dignified voice adds great depth to the listening experience. Children and adults alike will hang on his words as they accompany Akimbo on his brave and dangerous mission: catching the poachers who kill the elephants he loves. J.C.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award (c) AudioFile 2006, Portland, Maine"
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