The Great Shelby Holmes

The Great Shelby Holmes

Book - 2016
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Nine-year-old Shelby Holmes, the best detective in her Harlem neighborhood, and her new easy-going friend from downstairs, eleven-year-old John Watson, become partners in a dog-napping case.
Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury, 2016.
ISBN: 9781681190518
1681190516
9781681190525
Characteristics: 243 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Madrid, Erwin - Illustrator

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Eleven-year-old Army brat John Watson is capable, adaptable and hard to surprise! But when he and his mom move into a new apartment in Harlem, nothing could have prepared him for their new neighbor, the brilliant, quirky Shelby Holmes, girl detective. A must-read mystery that will have you wishi... Read More »


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SusanJ_124
Dec 14, 2018

Overall, I enjoyed the read and especially the diversity of the characters. I was often confused, however, by the inconsistencies in the tale, e.g. why would police not investigate the theft of expensive dogs? How is it that Watson is great on the basketball court but then cannot trot in a marked circle?, etc. But, it is the first book of a series and first books often have awkward parts. I will read book #2 and see how it goes.

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joywolf83
Oct 23, 2016

With a wink to the original Holmes this is a solid mystery. Written from the standpoint of the sidekick Watson. He moves to NYC and tries to befriend Shelby. She needs some practice being friends but John doesn't give up on her. She doesn't do much to redeem herself either. Readers will enjoy figuring out the mystery more than the characters. However the original Sherlock was always written to be pompous and annoying right. Wished there had been more illustrations to help story along. Still a good choices for 5th grade readers.

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pink_dolphin_3025 thinks this title is suitable for 7 years and over

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