Did you know that Sherlock Holmes’ birthday is January 6th? Yes, yes, we know he is a fictional character, but still, Sherlockian scholars agree on his birthday and celebrations occur worldwide in his honor. Looking for info on the history and gatherings? The blog The City Room posted a piece a few years ago we found fascinating: The Curious Case of a Birthday for Sherlock.
One great way to celebrate is by dipping into a delicious series that focuses on the teen-aged Sherlock: Sherlock Holmes: The Legend Begins by Andrew Lane. I read the first book Death Cloud when it came out in 2011, and loved it–then forgot about it until recently, wondering if Andrew Lane continued the series. Turns out he did, and the sixth book in the series just came out in December: Knife Edge. So it seems I have some catching up to do. . .
What I loved about Death Cloud and why I am eager to pick up where I left off:
I love imagining Sherlock Holmes as a 14-year-old, beginning to hone his deductive skills–and already tackling sinister villains who are very clever in their own right. We also learn back story for Sherlock–his friends, his school, his family. I appreciate discovering the genesis of his logical mind, the boxing and sword-fighting, the love of music and of playing the violin in particular. The story itself is a good adventure as well as a detective story, with twists and turns, kidnappings, and even a bit of romance.
I imagine teens reading this series and being intrigued enough to dig into the Arthur Conan Doyle originals–where a whole treasure trove of adventures await them.