#MGlit Review: The Great Shelby Holmes

Screen Shot 2017-11-05 at 6.21.16 PM.png

You could say I've been in a Sherlockian mood, but ever since we finished the most recent (final?) season of Sherlock I've been at a loss.

Needless to say, there are some great retellings out there and I feel as if Holmes himself is getting a revival! This time via a spunky 9-year-old in The Great Shelby Holmes by Elizabeth Eulberg!

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader! She's the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen, solving crimes with logic and pluck, and she's barely four-feet-tall. When eleven-year-old John Watson moves in downstairs, Shelby finds something she's never been able to before: a friend. The two of them are swept into a mystery when a classmate's famous dog goes missing, and it's up to The Great Shelby Holmes and her new partner Watson to crack the case.

This was an absolutely, adorable middle grade mystery that swept me away in the story. Eulberg does a fabulous job characterizing the famous Watson and Holmes, clear down to the nitty gritty quirks. Only in this retelling, everything is kid friendly!

Complete with a few red herrings, this mystery will have readers guessing until the very end, unless they've picked up on Shelby's skills of deduction.

There are also black and white illustrations spread throughout the story which only add to the fun and the reader's imagination! If you have a reader who might be just a bit young for the classics, they will surely enjoy this sweet new twist!

Highly recommended for readers who enjoy a good mystery, friendship tales, and series! 
Book two hits shelves in September!


📚 Ages 8-12+
📚 Clean content
📚 Sherlockian retelling