Did you know that Alexander McCall Smith wrote children's books? Here's a selection of some of his most popular books.

The Perfect Hamburger

If Joe could remember what he had thrown into the mixing-bowl, he knew that his hamburger could revive his friend Mr Borthwick's ailing business and drive other fast-food store off the high street. A great opening announcing the perfect hamburger is arranged - but will Joe find the ingredients?

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The Bubblegum Tree

Billy, Nicola and Mr Gopal are off to India to solve a baffling mystery--the Mystery of the Missing Bubblegum Trees! Because without the bubblegum trees, there'll be no more Gopal's Best Pink Bubblegum, and even more importantly, no more Bubblegummies--the people who live in the trees.

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Akimbo and the Lions

In Akimbo and the Lions, Akimbo helps his father set a trap for a lioness that has been attacking cattle on nearby farms. But when the lion they catch turns out to be a cub, Akimbo must find a way to care for the young lion until it’s old enough to be released in the wild.

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Akimbo and the Elephants

When Akimbo sees what poachers do to the elephants on his game reserve, he is determined to stop them. There's only one way to do it, and that's to become an elephant hunter himself! But it's going to take strength and courage, and will involve facing danger.

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Akimbo and the Crocodile Man

When Akimbo is offered the chance to help tag baby crocodiles, he is very excited. John the crocodile man wants to keep an eye on the latest batch of crocodiles, and Akimbo is keen to learn more about the dangerous creatures. Then John is attacked by an angry croc, and Akimbo has to use all his courage to save him!

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The Doughnut Ring

Imagine having a never-ending supply of doughnuts. Sound too good to be true? It is for Jim, who bites off more than he can chew when he sends a chain letter asking people to send him doughnuts to sell for a good cause.

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Bursting Balloons Mystery

When international detectives, Max and Maddy twist, tackle the Bursting Balloons Mystery, they're on to a tough case. Someone wants to sabotage a hot-air balloon race across America, and they'll stop at nothing--bursting balloons, stealing sandbags, breaking baskets, and guzzling gas!

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The Popcorn Pirates

Lucy, Hermione and Sam are off on a sailing trip. It sounds fun--but it may be dangerous. Captain Foster and his dog Biscuit need their help. Pirates have raided the ship and stolen the popcorn harvest--and all Biscuit's dog-food! Now the Pirates aren't just after more popcorn ... they want some new sailors too!

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