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Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes)
by Andrew Lane
PUBL. RECOMMENDED AGE: 12 and up
LEXILE READING LEVEL: 940L {what is this?}
PUBLISHER: Farrar Straus and Giroux
YEAR PUBLISHED: 2011
NO. PAGES: 320
GENRE{S}: Mystery/Thriller
MAIN CHARACTER GENDER: Male
SERIES: Young Sherlock Holmes
ISBN: 0374387672
READ & REVIEWED BY: Jen - StorySnoop


The Story
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes)—Book Review

The year is 1868 and a fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is disappointed to learn that he will will not be spending the summer at home with his parents and brother. Instead, he is doomed to spend his vacation with unwelcoming relatives that he has never even met. But Sherlock's summer turns out to be anything but boring after he stumbles across a corpse in the woods. When he discovers a mysterious yellow powder near the body that was also found near the body of another man who recently died, Sherlock is determined to investigate the connection. With the help of his American tutor and two new friends, Sherlock uncovers a villain's sinister scheme to stop the advancing British Empire in its tracks. Will Sherlock's strong will and deductive skills be enough to stop him?
The Scoop
Death Cloud (Young Sherlock Holmes)—Book Review
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Death Cloud is the first installment in a new mystery series about the teen boy who would one day become the famous detective Sherlock Holmes, created by Sir Authur Conan Doyle. Mystery-loving readers may benefit from some context about the character to truly appreciate this story, and the author does supply some information in the Afterword. After a slow start, the action picks up significantly and Sherlock's inquisitive mind gets him in and out of some difficult situations. He is a respectful, clever, and persistent character who only disobeys his uncle for the greater good of solving the mystery. The story's villain and his minions kidnap, drug, whip, and threaten to kill the boy who is smart enough to expose their plan. Girl readers will admire Sherlock's new friend Virginia, an American who refuses to miss out on the adventure simply because of her gender. Refreshingly, she is no damsel in distress, but rather holds her own against the villains. Fans will look forward to Rebel Fire, scheduled to be released in Fall 2011.
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