SHERLOCK HOLMES AND THE BAKER STREET IRREGULARS #2: THE MYSTERY OF THE CONJURED MAN by Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin

March 18, 2009 at 4:10 pm Leave a comment

mystery-conjured-man“Though Watson was a loyal companion, he could hardly be considered skilled in the science of deduction. Still, up until now, he has taken credit for assisting the master detective and failed to recognize those who helped most.” The legendary Sherlock Holmes becomes a secondary character in this series about a ragtag group of street orphans, the Baker Street Irregulars, who help him solve cases. This is the second book in the series, but it can be read as a stand-alone thanks to a brief prologue that sets up the concept. Ozzie, Wiggins, and the rest of the boys are called to investigate when a woman’s aunt dies suddenly and mysteriously during a seance with a famous teenage medium. The orphans encounter adventure and danger as they try to find out if the psychic boy has true supernatural powers or if it’s all just tricks. Mack and Citrin make references to details that true Holmes fans will appreciate, which may lead interested readers to look into the original stories. One thing that some kids might get stuck on is the Cockney slang used in the book. There is a selective glossary in the back of the book, as well as a few other extras, but the ARC version I read didn’t have anything pointing readers to these things. Still, it’s an exciting page-turner with a fresh spin on Sherlock Holmes, and the fact that the main characters are kids is a great hook to introduce a new generation to the famed detective.

J Mystery, Age 9-12                    

Highly Recommended- Michelle Meltzer (Yonkers-Riverfront)

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