Sunday, June 9, 2013

is excited to read "No Place Like Holmes" with her kiddos!

No Place Like Holmes ~ by Jason Lethcoe

I'll admit. I got this book eons ago, and it sat on my shelf for far too long. It caught my eye while I was cleaning up and I pulled it off the shelf, and began to read it. I was instantly hooked. What a great read!

It begins with Griffin on his way to stay with his uncle in London for the summer. On his journey, he discovers that his uncle lives at the same address as the famous Sherlock Holmes, could they be one and the same?! I found myself as excited as Griffin to meet his uncle....even if it happened that his uncle was Holmes' neighbor, not Holmes himself. But that doesn't deter Griffin. His uncle turns out to be a detective as well, albeit, a much lesser known one. When Griffin gets him a case, they begin to unravel the mystery side-by-side. Did the Loch Ness Monster really eat a hapless man?

This is a fabulous book, aimed at young, independent readers between 9 and 12. I thoroughly enjoyed the character development, the storyline, the twists and turns and of course, with every good mystery, the cliffhanger at the end! I look forward to stormy nights when I can read this with my own kiddos, who, at 5 and 8, are just about ready for the length of the tale.

As this is a Christian book, there is talk of faith, prayer, and God, but not in a preachy way, and it flows so effortlessly into the story that you may not even notice it. If nothing else, it serves as a bouncing off point to discuss such matters with your children in a comfortable way. I highly recommend this novel for reading aloud, and for the newly independent chapter book reader. It would also be great for boys that are difficult to find interesting reads for.

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