I would highly recommend reading No Place Like Holmes. It is about an observant boy named Griffin Sharpe (yes, THE Griffin Sharpe, the World's Most Secret Detective) who goes to visit his uncle who he thinks is the great Sherlock Holmes. After all, his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street. But when Griffin arrives, he finds his uncle lives in 221a Baker Street, and Holmes lives in 221b. His uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, is a great inventor who uses his inventions to fight crime. Rupert's inventions are very similar to what we use today, and some are more futuristic. Like, for instance, a modern invention is his Snodgrass Falsehood Detector, much like our lie detectors. And a futuristic invention is his Snodgrass Chrono-Teleporter, which is a time-traveling machine that proves very useful in The Future Door, the sequel.
This is a mystery with a lot of action. The plot was very fast-paced, with a lot of twists and turns. The characters were very easy to get to know, and they learned a lot, like the virtue of forgiveness. Griffin's character really comes out during his summer with his Uncle Rupert. At first Rupert is an old grouch, but then he eventually (and not always willingly!), he grows to like Griffin and they become good friends. As a closing statement, No Place Like Holmes is a very good book with a wholesome cast of characters and a very imaginative setting. After all, if there is a 221b Baker Street, there has to be a 221a Baker Street. I can't wait for the next in this series!
In No Place Like Holmes Jason Lethcode has produced an enjoyable work of fiction for young adults. In the story young Griffin Sharpe has traveled to England for the summer to spend time with his mysterious uncle. The story carries the reader through the summer as Griffin gains confidence, survives an adventure, foils the plot of a mastermind criminal, and softens the heart of his uncle. The story is well written and enjoyable. It is a crime story however, and therefore might not be for the young preteen set. There is a crime afoot and some violence results, so parents should be sure that their readers are ready for that sort of thing. I decided not to share this book with my ten year old who has a tender spirit and I felt would be too upset by the actions of the villain in this story, especially those at the end of the novel. That said, the character of Griffin models good morals, maturity, and a strong faith. He provides a good example to readers of how to deal with a relationship with an adult who is not a believer. These qualities make this book a good read for young readers. Lethcode does a good job of weaving in Holmes traditional setting, character, and feel to the story. This will provide a good introduction to later reading of the Holmes books by Doyle. Normally I shy away from modern works for my kids, but this will likely be one I will happily let them enjoy in their late preteen years. I am confident No Place Like Holmes will entertain and be an enjoyable experience for them.
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No Place Like Holmes is about a 12 year old boy, Griffin Sharpe, and how he changed England. When Griffin came to England, he was welcomed by his not-so-happy-uncle. His uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, was a detective and did not know Griffin was coming, so he demanded that the rules be followed, and Griffin was to not interrupt his work. But when Griffin helped solve one of Snodgrass' cases, Snodgrass lightened up a little. When Snodgrass was faced with the biggest case of all, Griffin was right there beside him. When the greatest masterminds, the Moriarty's were about to blow up half of England, Griffin and Snodgrass knew they had to act. To find out if England is destroyed, read the book for your self!
When I first started reading No Place Like Holmes, I wasn't that interested. But about a third of the way through the book, it got more suspenseful, and more entertaining by making me feel like I was a detective myself! No Place Like Holmes made me feel like a detective by providing very elaborate details, and by explaining how Snodgrass and Griffin came to their conclusions. By the end of the book, I was satisfied with what I read, and I was glad that I made time to read this book. I would definitely reccomend this book to a friend.
Holmes, get it? Sherlock? Okay, obviously that's the jumping-off point for this YA novel, and it is s-l-o-w going at first. But, happily, it picks up and turns out to be quite an entertaining and uplifting story about a boy named Griffin Sharpe who is sent to London to stay with his Uncle "Snoops" for the summer. Turns out his uncle lives next door to the famous Sherlock Holmes. The rest? You'll have to read it and see!
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This fast paced mystery takes place in London; in fact right next door to the renowned Sherlock Holmes. The hero, Griffin Sharpe, is a 12 year old boy with uncanny powers of observation. His uncle, Rupert Snodgrass, who Griffin is visiting for the summer, is a bungling, inefficient, detective-want-to-be. Nefarious criminals, a man-eating Loch Ness monster in the Thames River, kidnappings, and a disappearance of a boatload of Chinese fireworks all come together to create a challenging adventure.
I enjoyed this book and think it's a fun mystery for kids and is fast-paced enough to keep the attention of even reluctant readers. It is a Christian book, and introduced some themes of forgiveness and faith, although I felt that those parts of the book were a bit forced and awkward.
My daughter said that the book was "exciting" and finished it in 2 days. She is eagerly awaiting the next book in the series to come out.
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