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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

No Place Like Holmes - Review

Griffin Sharpe is a genius. He notices everything, counts everything, and memorizes everything. And, he’s always right. But being right has one big problem: It doesn’t help him make friends.

No Place Like Holmes tells the story of a boy who goes to live with his “Uncle Snoops” in London whom he has never met. All he knows is that his uncle lives at 221 Baker Street. At first Griffin thinks his uncle is the Sherlock Holmes, but he soon discovers that his uncle is Rupert Snodgrass, a 2nd rate detective who lives next door to the famous Mr. Holmes.

Griffin quickly learns that his uncle doesn’t want him in London. He’s too focused on getting business from Sherlock and has no time for a kid. So, Griffin has to fend for himself and ends up in the middle of an adventure that involves a sinister plot to blow up London.

Both parents and kids will love this book. Griffin is a hero to which kids can relate. His adventure is mysterious and scary (but not too scary), complete with time bombs, hidden tunnels, a robot that acts as a butler, and even the Loch Ness Monster! No need for vampires and witches. There’s plenty of action in this book without them.

Parents will like the book because it’s wholesome and inspiring. The hero, Griffin, not only solves the crime using his own wit, but he also inspires those he interacts with by demonstrating his faith in God in actions, not by being preachy.

No Place Like Holmes is a wonderful book for kids. It’s recommended for ages 9-12, but younger kids will like it, too. It’s perfect for family reading for “kids” of all ages, and it may inspire you to read the original Sherlock Holmes series. 

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through NetGalley. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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