Happy Saturday everyone! It’s Becky, again. Today I’m here to tell you about another ARC I got at BEA (even though I did also download it through Netgalley). This is another children’s book I picked up because of the author’s YA creed.
The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg Release Date: September 12, 2017
Summary: In the sequel to “The Great Shelby Holmes” John Watson is adjusting to his life as the the new kid at 221 Baker Street. He is getting used to living alone with his mother, attending a new school, and becoming acquainted with his new neighbor “The Great Shelby Holmes”. Shelby is a genius and a super sleuth who is teaching John the art of observation as he help her solve cases. Since the start of their association Shelby’s lessons have been limited to solving the mysteries of their classmates but when John and Shelby uncover a blackmail plot against their new teacher they team up to solve their biggest mystery to date.
Review: This modern take on the classic Sherlock Holmes story is the perfect book for middle grade mystery lovers. Shelby and John are the perfect Holmes and Watson with her being brilliant about everything except how to deal with people and him being the only one who really understands how her mind works. The mystery of who is blackmailing their teacher feels like a classic Holmes mystery but Eulberg filled the book with little contemporary touches (Watson is now African American with a father in the military, the story is based in NYC, Watson has diabetes) that make the book relatable to today’s young reader.
Bottomline: This is a must read mystery for young readers filled with adventure and intrigue but also shows the importance of friendship.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5