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Nov 01 2015

A Lottie Lipton Adventure - The Curse of the Cairo Cat by Dan Metcalf

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A & C Black, 2015. ISBN 9781472911780
(Age: 7+) Recommended. The Curse of the Cairo Cat is a short mystery novel aimed at children aged 7+. Lottie Lipton lives with her great uncle and calls the British Museum home. She loves the museum and knows each room like the back of her hand. There is a new Egyptian display and an infamous statue - The Cairo Cat - is the main attraction. It is said there is a curse on this solid gold cat and on the opening night of the display it goes missing. All that is left is a clue in the form of a riddle. Lottie and her friends must solve the riddle and find the statue or her uncle will be blamed.
The Curse of the Cairo Cat is an excellent first novel for newly independent readers as the story is short, fast moving and descriptive. There are clues to solve and the readers are asked to join in. The small black and white illustrations support the text and at the back of the book readers will find a glossary to help them understand new vocabulary. There is also a list of interesting facts, another code to break and a maze. This is a great story for bringing history to life.
Kylie Kempster

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