Eye of the Crow – Shane Peacock

Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.

But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.

I thought this was a really good way to imagine Sherlock Holmes as a teenager.  He’s not really smooth, most kids don’t like him, and he’s kind of a know-it-all.  Nevertheless, he can still solve a good mystery!  Try this if you’re a mystery fan.   – Jessica, Teen Librarian

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