The Sherlock Files: The 100-Year-Old Secret
by Tracy BarrettGrade level: 4
Notes Great Stone Face Nominee 2010
First book in the series The Sherlock Files. The sequel is called The Beast of Blackslope.
Holmes and her younger brother Xander have moved from Florida to
London, England with their parents. One afternoon they are playing
their favorite game in front of their hotel, guessing people's jobs and
hobbies by getting clues from their clothes, when a
mysterious stranger presses a note into Xena’s hand, mutters “It fades
fast,” and hurries away.
Read p. 6, "What's that?" Xander tried to snatch the paper from her hand ...
through page 10, "The pub over there," the doorman said, leaning forward and pointing down the street."
Xena and Xander follow the note’s puzzling instructions and discover that they are not
only descendants of Sherlock Holmes but also the heirs of his notebooks
and his unsolved cases. Reading through the notebook of clues and cases, they discover one of the unsolved mysteries is still in the newspaper and people are still wondering what happened! A missing portrait by
an artist named Nigel Batheson, whose other works are being displayed in a nearby
gallery, was never found. Xena and Xander set out to find the painting and reunite it using their kid smarts and 21st century technology to discover the answer to the 100-Year-Old Secret.
This is a fast-paced,
entertaining mystery, with a lot of twists and turns and clues along the way - you can have fun trying to solve the mystery before the characters do!
Sara Zoë Patterson, July 2009
Some text from book covers, SLJ and Booklist book reviews