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The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective
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The Great Shelby Holmes: Girl Detective

by Elizabeth Eulberg
 

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Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has

Overview

Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She’s nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen—always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes, some might call “bossiness”) to solve the toughest crimes.

When eleven-year-old John Watson moves downstairs, Shelby finds something that’s eluded her up till now: a friend. The easy-going John isn’t sure of what to make of Shelby, but he soon finds himself her most-trusted (read: only) partner in a dog-napping case that'll take both their talents to crack.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
06/13/2016
In this series opener, Eulberg (We Can Work It Out) creates a lively present-day update of Sherlock Holmes, one with plenty of winks to the source material. Eleven-year-old John Watson has grown up on multiple army bases, but now that his parents are splitting up, he and his mother move to 211 Baker Street—in Harlem—where he meets nine-year-old neighbor Shelby Holmes. Watson is intrigued by the brilliant and intense Shelby, who is known throughout the neighborhood for her crime-solving talent. Her prickly demeanor can be challenging, but Watson is amazed by Shelby’s powers of observation and deduction, and soon the two are helping a classmate locate her missing show dog. Watson’s struggles adjusting to New York City life, making friends, and missing his father are captured believably. Readers will delight in Shelby’s ability to read clues in this well-plotted mystery and sympathize with Watson who, along with the rest of the supporting cast, is generally two steps behind Shelby. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8–12. Author’s agent: Erin Malone, William Morris Endeavor. Illustrator’s agency: Shannon Associates. (Sept.)
From the Publisher

“Who needs Sherlock when you’ve got Shelby Holmes on the case? This smart, funny mystery brings all the charm of the classic Holmes and Watson stories to a fresh, contemporary setting. Watch out readers - the game is afoot!” - Varian Johnson, author of THE GREAT GREENE HEIST and TO CATCH A CHEAT

“In this series opener, Eulberg (We Can Work It Out) creates a lively present-day update of Sherlock Holmes, one with plenty of winks to the source material. Readers will delight in Shelby's ability to read clues in this well-plotted mystery and sympathize with Watson who, along with the rest of the supporting cast, is generally two steps behind Shelby.” - Publishers Weekly

“Fun, fresh and unputdownable. I loved, loved, LOVED it!” - Sarah Mlynowski, New York Times bestselling author of the Whatever After series

“Young Shelby may be hunting for a lost spaniel rather than the Hound of the Baskervilles but she is no less dogged a detective than Sherlock himself. And even a legendary malcontent like S. Holmes or P. Bosch will be moved by the friendship at the heart of this riveting mystery. It’s only logical that you should read it at once.” - Pseudonymous Bosch, New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Series and the Bad Books

“Brisk pacing, likable characters, a few silly Holmes jokes and a diverse neighborhood, carefully and realistically described by John, are ingredients for success. A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff.” - Kirkus Reviews

“Will delight readers as they attempt to solve the mystery of a missing dog. Eulberg's middle grade debut is a first purchase for mystery lovers.” - School Library Journal

“Mystery fans may try to solve the case, but most, like John, will enjoy just hanging out with Shelby to see what happens next.” - Booklist

“Readers will delight in Shelby’s ability to read clues in this well-plotted mystery and sympathize with Watson who, along with the rest of the supporting cast, is generally two steps behind Shelby.” - Publisher's Weekly

“Young readers will admire the super sleuth and her equally likable sidekick. Perfect for mystery fans.” - School Library Connection

“Eulberg obviously has a fine time with Holmesian references . . . middle- grade readers . . . may simply enjoy getting in on the ground floor of a new mystery series.” - BCCB

Children's Literature - Heidi Hauser Green
Like the 221B Baker Street of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous series, this address houses residents named Holmes and Watson, under the watchful eye of landlady Mrs. Hudson. Unlike that 221B, this is in Harlem rather than London; address aside, there are more differences from the original than similarities. This Holmes in a brainy, nine-year-old girl named Shelby, who will be entering sixth grade a couple of years early. She is also a skilled detective with an inquisitive mind and an ability for noticing small details and solving mysteries. Unfortunately, she lacks a knack for making friends and has never had one. Enter John Watson. The eleven-year-old aspiring writer has just moved into the building with his mother, a newly discharged former Army doctor. John—or Watson, as Shelby dubs him does not know what to make of Shelby at first. Walking around with her, he sees the neighbors all treat her with respect and offer her freebies and he also sees the police detective disregards much of what the girl says. When Shelby is called on a case about a missing dog and allows John to tag along, he sees her in action—and so do readers. This fun, modern take on the great detective is a quick and engaging story and gives a nod to Sherlock Holmes fans of the original stories and their pop culture presentations. This book is a mystery lover’s treat. Recommended. Reviewer: Heidi Hauser Green; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
06/01/2016
Gr 3–6—Shelby Holmes is a plucky sixth-grade detective known for solving problems in her Harlem neighborhood. John Watson is a self-proclaimed army brat dealing with his parents' divorce and a move to what he hopes will be his forever home. When Watson moves into Shelby's building, Shelby discovers that friendship might be the greatest mystery of all. This middle grade retelling of the classic Sherlock Holmes/Watson relationship will delight readers as they attempt to solve the mystery of a missing dog. Told from Watson's perspective, this title introduces readers to Shelby's curt behavior in a manner that allows them to empathize with the girl as she learns how to be a friend. Ample time is also given to Watson's journey from detective's assistant to a full-fledged partner. Secondary plots about Watson coping with his parents' divorce and the difficulties of making new friends when he frequently moves will appeal to a large group of readers. The overall message of accepting others is made without seeming overly preachy. Readers will look forward to the conclusion of the mystery and will anxiously anticipate additional books in the series. VERDICT Eulberg's middle grade debut is a first purchase for mystery lovers.—Ashley Leffel, Griffin Middle School, Frisco, TX
Kirkus Reviews
2016-06-22
A modern Sherlock Holmes retelling brings an 11-year-old black John Watson into the sphere of know-it-all 9-year-old white detective Shelby Holmes.John's an Army brat who's lived in four states already. Now, with his parents' divorce still fresh, the boy who's lived only on military bases must explore the wilds of Harlem. His new life in 221A Baker St. begins inauspiciously, as before he's even finished moving in, his frizzy-haired neighbor blows something up: "BOOM!" But John's great at making friends, and Shelby certainly seems like an interesting kid to know. Oddly loquacious, brusque, and extremely observant, Shelby's locally famous for solving mysteries. John's swept up in her detecting when a wealthy, brown-skinned classmate enlists their help in the mysterious disappearance of her beloved show dog, Daisy. Whatever could have happened to the prizewinning Cavalier King Charles spaniel? Has she been swiped by a jealous competitor? Has Daisy's trainer—mysteriously come into enough money to take a secret weekend in Cozumel—been placing bets against his own dog? Brisk pacing, likable characters, a few silly Holmes jokes ("I'm Petunia Cumberbatch," says Shelby while undercover), and a diverse neighborhood, carefully and realistically described by John, are ingredients for success. A smart, fresh take on an old favorite makes for a terrific series kickoff. (Mystery. 9-11)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781681190518
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
09/06/2016
Pages:
256
Sales rank:
112,650
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile:
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

ELIZABETH EULBERG is not a detective (or so she claims). She is, however, the internationally bestselling author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, and We Can Work it Out. Elizabeth lives outside Manhattan, where she spends her free time stalking English bulldogs in her neighborhood and filling her brain attic with random pop-culture facts. The Great Shelby Holmes is her first middle-grade novel.
www.elizabetheulberg.com
@ElizEulberg

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