The No. 1 Car Spotter

(2012)
The No. 1 Car Spotter (2012)

Oluwalase Babatunde Benson is the Number One car spotter in his tiny African village, hence his nickname, No. 1. (In his free time, No. 1 and his grandfather like to identify cars by their sounds before they drive past). While he knows that things like skyscrapers, tap water, and electricity exists, in his village they can only dream of such luxuries. When the village's market cart breaks down, No. 1 comes up with a plan that saves the village and allows them to get to the market to sell their goods, involving an old broken-down Toyota Camry. Author Atinuke has also written a wonderful series about another African girl named Anna Hibiscus. These two series teach young children about modern Africa.

Recommended for grades 2 through 5, younger for reading aloud.

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