Friday, 10 August 2018

ReadItDaddy's Chapter Book of the Week - Week ending 10th August 2018: "Baker Street Academy: Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse" by Sam Hearn (Scholastic)

Our Chapter Book of the Week this week is the second in a stunning reinvention of one of fiction's best loved and most famous detective characters...
Sam Hearn has successfully made Sherlock Holmes "Cool" for a whole new generation of readers who love a bit of detective work from an engaging cast of characters.

In "Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse" - the 2nd book in the "Baker Street Academy" series it's a welcome return to Baker Street Academy, where there's always a mystery to be solved!

In these stories, told through Watson's diary, a top-secret detective dossier and energetic comic-strip illustrations, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters get a new lease of life and all new adventures to solve!

Along with John Watson, Sherlock is also joined by Martha Hudson who has a keen nose for a puzzling predicament, and lends some much needed mighty girl power to this fantastic story.

This time, Sherlock and the gang are up against a centuries old curse that affects the very place they call holme (sorry, home!)

As ever, the villainous James Moriarty is never far from the fray, and it may take all of Sherlock, John and Martha's detective props to uncover the real cause of the Baker Street Curse.

Sam's writing tunes into Conan Doyle's work in a really cool and kid-friendly way, but that doesn't mean this story is without moments of knife-edge tension and excitement, as well as a cracking pace.

C consumed this book in a matter of hours, sitting down with it as soon as it arrived and not budging until she'd read the lot in one glorious gulp. If that's not recommendation enough, I don't know what is.

"Sherlock and the Baker Street Curse" by Sam Hearn is out now, published by Scholastic (kindly supplied for review).