The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Series #5)

The Case of the Cryptic Crinoline (Enola Holmes Series #5)

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by Nancy Springer
     
 

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For Enola, who has been longing for her absent mother, it’s difficult to make personal connections. Other than her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock, Enola doesn’t have many people in her life, except her landlady, Mrs. Tupper. While she’s nearly deaf and can’t cook to save her life, Mrs. Tupper is endearing—really the closest… See more details below

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For Enola, who has been longing for her absent mother, it’s difficult to make personal connections. Other than her occasional run-ins with her brother Sherlock, Enola doesn’t have many people in her life, except her landlady, Mrs. Tupper. While she’s nearly deaf and can’t cook to save her life, Mrs. Tupper is endearing—really the closest thing Enola has to family these days. So imagine her horror when Enola comes home to find Mrs. Tupper kidnapped! Who would take her, and why? And what does Florence Nightingale have to do with it? There must be more to the kind, homely Mrs. Tupper than meets the eye.

Enola will put absolutely everything at risk to find Mrs. Tupper. And whoever took her had better watch out—because this time, it’s personal.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Norah Piehl
Enola Holmes, little-known younger sister of Sherlock, is deep undercover in this, her fifth adventure. Unlike her more famous siblings, she has to sleuth on the sly in a society where a woman detective would be neither appreciated nor respected. It is 1889 and Enola, in disguise, lives a lonely life with few companions except her somewhat grouchy landlady, Mrs. Tupper. But during one confidential chat, Mrs. Tupper reveals to Enola that she has a secret past—one that is coming back to haunt her thirty-five years after the horrific events of the Crimean War. When Mrs. Tupper is kidnapped, Enola's quest is thrown into high gear, propelling her into contact with famous and infamous characters and into London society both high and low. Enola Holmes is a winning character, both convincingly Victorian in her speech and appealingly modern in her outlook. This series not only provides rollicking good mystery stories but also insights into Victorian manners and mores, brought to life more vividly and convincingly than in most traditional history books. Reviewer: Norah Piehl
School Library Journal
Gr 5-9–From the riveting prologue to the satisfying conclusion, readers are hurled headlong into Enola Holmes’s latest case. Still eluding her brothers, Sherlock and Mycroft, who will, she fears, place her in a finishing school, Enola is horrified one day to find that her beloved landlady, Mrs. Tupper, has been kidnapped. Using her wealth of disguises, Enola sets out to solve the crime. Much to her astonishment, the trail leads to a meeting with Florence Nightingale, with whom Mrs. Tupper was acquainted. The atmospheric setting and the voice of the heroine are so compelling that even though readers may not know what a crinoline is, they will want to find out. Kids who enjoy the details of historical settings and solving mysterious ciphers will cheer this feisty heroine as she leaps out of windows, jumps onto the backs of coaches, and fights evil villains in the dark streets of London to rescue her dear landlady. Well done!–Tina Martin, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, IL

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101024812
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
05/14/2009
Series:
Enola Holmes Series , #5
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
176
Sales rank:
219,091
Lexile:
1120L (what's this?)
File size:
0 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Nancy Springer has published forty novels for adults, young adults and children. In a career beginning shortly after she graduated from Gettysburg College in 1970, Springer wrote for ten years in the imaginary realms of mythological fantasy, then ventured on contemporary fantasy, magical realism, and women's fiction before turning her attention to children's literature. Her novels and stories for middle-grade and young adults range from contemporary realism, mystery/crime, and fantasy to her critically acclaimed novels based on the Arthurian mythos, I AM MORDRED: A TALE OF CAMELOT and I AM MORGAN LE FAY. Springer's children's books have won her two Edgar Allan Poe awards, a Carolyn W. Field award, various Children's Choice honors and numerous ALA Best Book listings. Her most recent series include the Tales of Rowan Hood, featuring Robin Hood’s daughter, and the Enola Holmes mysteries, starring the much younger sister of Sherlock Holmes.


Ms. Springer lives in East Berlin, Pennsylvania.

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