Sunday, May 6, 2018

Review: Sherlock Holmes and the disappearing diamond by Sam Hearn

Sherlock Holmes and the disappearing diamond by Sam Hearn. Baker Street Academy #1. 160 p. Scholastic Press/ Scholastic Inc., March, 2018. 97813381913152. (Review from finished copy courtesy of publisher.)

Books about adult fictitious characters like James Bond or Sherlock Holmes  as children are moderately popular at my school library. Graphic novel hybrids are very popular so I expect this new series will hit a sweet spot. It sure is entertaining. 

Set in the present day, it is John Watson's journal. He's the new kid at school having been traveling Europe with his physician parents. He's settling in nicely thanks to popular Martha Sutton taking him under her wing. He's intrigued by the elusive and enigmatic Sherlock and intimidated by annoying James Moriarty. And then there's Baskerville, the lovable hound. A jewel heist is thwarted while John and his friends are on a class trip to the British Art and Antiquities Museum. Or is it?

James' journal is a mix of cartoon panels, journal entries and newspaper clippings. There's plenty of action and humor to keep readers interested. There are plenty of clever allusions to "real" Holmesian characters to keep aficionados amused as well.

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