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May 13 2009

Sherlock Holmes

by Nancy M


This month will mark the 150th birthday of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, famed author of everyone’s favorite English detective, Sherlock Holmes.
While Doyle may have ended his own writings of Sherlock Holmes over 90 years ago, his character still lives on in an increasing amount of children’s books. He can be found in a variety of roles- as an ingenious teenager, a haughty older brother to his burgeoning sleuth sister, a boss to a group of case-cracking street children, and more. No matter what his role, many of these books offer the same intriguing plots, fast paced storytelling, and well-developed crime-solving characters that Doyle cleverly created so many years ago.

Here a few recommended titles:


The Case of the Missing Marquess: an Enola Holmes Mystery by Nancy Springer

Pursued by her much older brother, famed detective Sherlock Holmes, fourteen-year-old Enola, disguised and using false names, attempts to solve the kidnapping of a baronet’s sixteen-year-old daughter in nineteenth-century London.

eyeofthecrowEye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His First Case by Shane Peacock

A woman is found stabbed to death in London. A young boy is drawn to the scene to investigate the murder and becomes a suspect himself.

The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas: Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars by Tracy Mack

The ragamuffin boys known as the Baker Street Irregulars help Sherlock Holmes solve the mysterious deaths of a family of circus tightrope walkers.

Ask your librarian for more titles!

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Karen May 14, 2009 at 3:51 PM

Try the Laurie King series about Sherlock’s “friend” Mary Russell that starts out with The Beekeeper’s Apprentice.” Great series!

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