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School Library JournalGr 4–6
Buffalo Bill is visiting London with his famous Wild West show, much to the delight of the Raven League, a group of kids who help Sherlock Holmes. Shortly after they sneak backstage to meet him, a police officer is shot and scalped, and all the clues point to the famous performer and his troupe. Since Holmes is not around, it's up to the League to solve the case. This page-turner has great details and draws a vivid picture of Victorian London, especially the poverty. Students who enjoy cowboy stories, mysteries, and adventure will enjoy it. This book does contain derogatory references to Native Americans by prejudiced Londoners, but they are offset by other people involved. The dialogue is good, as are the relationships among the characters. A solid choice for reluctant readers.
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