Monday, May 16, 2011

Great Kid's Sherlock Holmes Tale

Griffin Sharpe, a brilliant twelve-year-old, is sent to England for the summer holidays. Gilbert is feeling low. He's so smart that he doesn't have real friends. Things seem to be taking the same course in England when he meets his uncle, who isn't interested in hearing his ideas about the recent disappearance of a clock repairman, or anything else for that matter. But he is at 221 Baker Street and the great Holmes lives there. At first he's convinced his uncle must be Holmes, but is quickly disabused of that idea. His uncle is far less successful than Holmes, but he does build wonderful machines to help with detection.

No Place Like Holmes is written for young adult readers, but it can be enjoyed by Holmes fans of all ages. The story is fast paced. Short chapters help. The mystery is intriguing, and Griffin is a character who will appeal to bright adolescents.

In addition to the main story, the book contains mini-mysteries that kids will love and a great recipe for scones. You'll be hard pressed to resist after reading about how much Griffin loves them. I highly recommend this book for middle grade readers and anyone who is a Holmes fan.

I reviewed this book as part of the Thomas Nelson Booksneeze Program.