Have you seen the cover of this YA novel? It appears to me that Justin Bieber is Sherlock Holmes. I am not hating on the Bieb’s mind you, I am just trying to say I was a bit surprised. The only two people left sporting such a hair do left were, I thought, the Biebs and Tom Brady. But I digress. Having said absolutely nothing at all constructive about the novel, I turn the post and the blog over to daughter number five as she took one look at the cover and said, ”What the hey, I’ll give it a shot for you Oldhead!” So off she went with it.
Here is what is between the covers:
“It is the summer of 1868, and Sherlock Holmes is fourteen. On break from boarding school, he is staying with eccentric strangers—his uncle and aunt—in their vast house in Hampshire. When two local people die from symptoms that resemble the plague, Holmes begins to investigate what really killed them, helped by his new tutor, an American named Amyus Crowe. So begins Sherlock’s true education in detection, as he discovers the dastardly crimes of a brilliantly sinister villain of exquisitely malign intent.”
I have friends that are in Sherlock Holmes clubs, but to be honest with you, this is my first take on the character. Some background, I am a twenty two year old female, the fifth of the seven Gelati sisters. The cover took me a back but once I got past it, the novel flew. The avant-garde quirkiness of the young Holmes drew me in and took me away. I have had the good fortune of visiting England and the descriptions of the towns and the settings were well done.
Andrew Lane wrote this in the tone and pace for the age group; I was not bored, it kept my attention, and the speed of the plot and the dialogue fit like a glove. Not knowing the details of Holmes did not exclude me from enjoying the novel, in fact I think it made my enjoyment of it stronger; I had no preconceptions. My Holme’s freak friends, the club members and purists, were sour on me reading this. I am glad I didn’t listen to them; they are the ones missing out on a fun, entertaining novel. Thanks for giving me the chance Oldhead!
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