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The Case of the Missing Marquess (Enola Holmes Series #1)

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This book was outstanding! It takes an original and classic idea and transforms it into something bewildering! The Case of the Missing Marquess makes you wait in anticipation to see what kind of ending waits. It is the type of book you never want to put down. However, w...
This book was outstanding! It takes an original and classic idea and transforms it into something bewildering! The Case of the Missing Marquess makes you wait in anticipation to see what kind of ending waits. It is the type of book you never want to put down. However, when you are finished with it, you regret you read it so fast, because it was so enjoyable! Enola Holmes mother goes missing on her fourteenth birthday she shows the ultimate courage by following her brother¿s footsteps. She investigates. When she is not satisfied with her unanswered questions she contacts her brothers who she has not seen in seven years. However, she shows a sign of reluctance because she is frustrated she could not figure it out herself. When her brothers come down they force her to try and act like a young lady and use a corset. However their attempts do not work because she rebels. A boarding school is no place for a free sprit so she does the best thing possible in the situation, she escapes, to London, disguised as a widow. The action of rebelling gives Enola a sweet taste of freedom that she has not felt in a long time. In her journey to London she hopes to find a bit of herself and her mother. While in London she reads a newspaper that says the twelve your old Marquess of Basilwether has gone missing. Enola's wild spirit decides to take on the challenge, and investigates the situation. She goes through many obstacles to save the Marquess and saves both of them from the clutches of the evil villain, known as Cutter. She also goes through all of this while keeping her whereabouts secret from her searching brothers. All of these events lead to an exiting and enthralling adventure of Enola Holmes and the Marquess of Basilweather. Nancy Springer did an amazing job on this book.

posted by Anonymous on May 23, 2007

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Enola Holmes

Springer, N. (2006). An Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess.
New York: Puffin Books.

9780142409336

After her mother has gone missing, Enola Holmes must call for her two older brothers, one of whom is the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Threat...
Springer, N. (2006). An Enola Holmes Mystery: The Case of the Missing Marquess.
New York: Puffin Books.

9780142409336

After her mother has gone missing, Enola Holmes must call for her two older brothers, one of whom is the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. Threatened with boarding school, Enola instead decides to escape to search for her mother. She happens upon another mystery of a ten-year-old Marquess who is missing from his home. Enola's search for both the Marquess and her mother will take her to London where she encounters a number of different characters and dangers.

Enola's voice feels authentic to the time period. This is both a strength and weakness of the novel. While giving it an authentic feel, it may make it harder for some readers to engage with. The text is well-researched and gives a lot of sensory details to try to bring the reader in.

The experience of British women in the late nineteenth century is central to this novel. It shows the expectations upon women and the feminist experience and search for freedom within a restrictive society. And it serves as a strong start to the series of books showing Enola's mysterious cases that have followed it.

I am nerdy enough to have grown up, believing the character of Sherlock Holmes to be downright sexy. Springer, at least for a large portion of the novel, manages to challenge this perception by having Holmes wander around encouraging pity for his young sister due to her small "cranial capacity." His perception of women, while authentic and humorous, angered my feminist sensibilities. Which, you know, is the point.


Activities to do with the book:

There are many lessons that this book could be incorporated into, especially those involving the history of Great Britain, the women's movement, Western thought and philosophy, the meaning and significance of flowers or exploration of Sherlock Holmes as a character.

Students could create illustrations to accompany the story. This could take the form of portraits of the characters or even studies of flowers.


Favorite Quotes:

"I would very much like to know why my mother named me "Enola," which, backwards, spells alone. Mum was, or perhaps still is, fond of ciphers, and she must have had something in mind, whether foreboding or a sort of left-handed blessing or, already, plans, even though my father had not yet passed away" (p. 5).

"I remembered Dr. Watson's listing of my brother's accomplishments: scholar, chemist, superb violinist, expert marksman, swordsman, singlestick fighter, pugilist, and brilliant deductive thinker.
Then I formed a mental list of my own accomplishments: able to read, write and do sums; find birds' nests; dig worms and catch fish; and, oh yes, ride a bicycle" (pp. 29-30).

"What on earth was he saying? That Mum had abandoned me? I sat with my mouth ajar.
"Pity the girl's cranial capacity, Mycroft," Sherlock murmured to his brother" (p. 49).

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posted by SJKessel on March 8, 2009

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 12, 2012

    GREAT READ

    I love this book!!

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    Posted November 3, 2012

    Melinda

    Oh i mean crush. Sorry spelling error. Im 13 in rl

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Amazing

    So good that i'm disappointed enola wasn't in the originals what was sir arthur conan doyle thinking?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2007

    this is a boring book

    i really don't like this book. it is boring

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