Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Book Review: The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg

The Great Shelby Holmes
Author: Elizabeth Eulberg
Series: Great Shelby Holmes (Book 1)
Publication: Bloomsbury USA Childrens (September 6, 2016)

Description: Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen―always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.,

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

My Thoughts: This middle grade mystery introduces nine-year-old detective Shelby Holmes and her new friend and partner John Watson. When John and his newly divorced mother move into 221 Baker Street in New York City the first thing that happens is an explosion. Their landlady Mrs. Hudson is not at all surprised and bring Shelby down to apologize.

John is used to moving around. His mother is a former Army doctor who has been transferred frequently. So John is used to being in a new place and making new friends. His mother has arranged for him to attend a school which lets him focus on being a writer. But his parents' divorce has left him with writer's block. School won't start for a couple of weeks so he's glad to meet Shelby even though she is two years younger than he is.

Shelby reluctantly introduces him to the neighborhood and he is glad to take part in Shelby's latest case - a dognapping of a show dog belonging to one of Shelby's schoolmates. Shelby has no social skills and has no friends of her own age. John is determined to help her with her case and become her friend.

This was a nice mystery and a great story about friendship. I liked the references to Sherlock Holmes. I liked Shelby's personality despite the fact that she is a bossy know-it-all. I liked that John was willing to work hard to be a friend to Shelby.

Favorite Quote:
The only person who wasn't ducking for cover was our new landlady, Mrs. Hudson.

"Oh heavens!" she exclaimed with a shake of her head. "No need to panic, everybody! It's really nothing." She excused herself, muttering "I told her not today" under her breath.
I bought this one. You can buy your copy here.

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