Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond

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Welcome to Baker Street Academy, a school with a curious cast of characters. There’s the exuberant and clever Martha, the bookish and excitable John Watson, and the insightful and overbearing Sherlock Holmes. John becomes fast friends with Sherlock and Martha (and Baskerville the hound as well!), just in time to discover a mystery at a local museum. When the Alpine Star goes missing, the young trio sets out to find the lost gem…after homework is done, of course.

A delightful reimagining of the Holmes canon as the signature characters navigate the social perils of school while engaging in some amateur sleuthing, Sherlock Holmes and the Disappearing Diamond is a fun and visual take on the canon, both updating it for the modern world (John writes on a tablet now) and scaling it for school-age readers.

Although some of the references to the classic canon will be lost on new readers, any parents reading along will no doubt enjoy the sly references to other characters and events in the original stories. I do hope Hearn expands the cast of characters, if only to meet more of the students at Baker Street Academy and offer him more fodder for tongue-in-cheek callbacks.

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Author Sam Hearn
Star Count 3.5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 176 pages
Publisher Scholastic Press
Publish Date 2018-Mar-27
ISBN 9781338193152
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Issue June 2018
Category Tweens


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