We listened to the story at three separate times and usually for a good half-hour or more at a time.
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Although our youngest seemed to lose interest in the middle of the story, our excitement mounted and we were on the edge of our seats as the conclusion approached. It was a very engaging story and we look forward to the next book: The Beast of Blackslope. Dec 15, Lindsay rated it really liked it Shelves: I will be recommending this series to independent readers interested in mysteries.
It's great that the main characters are a girl and boy, Xena and Xander Holmes descendants of Sherlock Holmes , because young boys who come into the library looking for something to read typically don't want to read a book in which the main character is a girl. Having both female and male leads will appeal to both girls and boys.
This was actually a staff pick, and I think they got it right. As a side note, I rea I will be recommending this series to independent readers interested in mysteries. As a side note, I really liked that the book threw in some new vocabulary for children that includes the definitions the boy character Xander has a photographic memory, so we can see him in action by "looking into the dictionary". I also really loved that the children did some library research that included looking at some letters on microfilm.
It shows children that not everything is available online and that primary resources are very helpful. Jan 27, Jeff rated it really liked it. I really like this book because it is a mystery book. They found out they are descendent of Sherlock Homes. They both found his notebook of unsolved cases. This book was really interesting because there were some words that were hard to read. That's very special to them that they found out that they are related to Sherlock Homes.
I would like to be related to someone famous. May 04, Kate Willis rated it liked it Shelves: It is full of subtle Holmes references! I especially appreciated that they were only able to succeed where he failed because of more time and technology to devote to it not being smarter than him or something like that. Just a note that there is some slight preteen attitude. Then all will be revealed. We look forward to trying the rest of the series.
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What a fun mystery! Two American children, Xena Holmes, 12, and her brother, Xander, 10, have just arrived in London and are settling in, when they find out that they are the great-great-great-grandchildren of Sherlock Holmes. They inherit his notebook of unsolved cases, and it turns out they've also inherited his sleuthing talent! And Watson's great-great-great-grandson, Andrew Watson, plays an important part in solving the case they're working on, which involves the whereabouts of a valuable p What a fun mystery! And Watson's great-great-great-grandson, Andrew Watson, plays an important part in solving the case they're working on, which involves the whereabouts of a valuable painting that went missing more than years ago.
In addition to the mystery plot itself, I enjoyed the Sherlockian lore woven throughout the story, the setting, the lively characters, and the way Xena and Xander learn the differences between British and American English e. Reading this series just may inspire kids to go on to the original tales by Arthur Conan Doyle. It was a very good book for the age group. A fast paced mystery, and some good characters. I liked it, but I'm not going to continue the series; I have too many other things I ought to be reading. Jan 05, Christian rated it it was ok. This book was kind of For the bad parts, there was too much exposition, very simple volcabulary, and it all feels kind of Deus Ex Machina.
The story felt forced together. The two children are not relatable, as they seem completely per Herro! The two children are not relatable, as they seem completely perfect. Xena just happens to be good at climbing, and that thing never shows up again, Xander just happens to be able to fit into small spaces, which also never shows up, and it all feels forced and lazy. The adults in this book are dull, kind of stupid and easily persuaded. Xander just needs to flash a smile and get whatever he wants! Xena just needs to do some explaining!
If some strange American kids were hiding under your student's bed, and they said that some year old missing painting was in you student's dorm, would you believe them? But, all the adult says is, "It's strange, but it makes sense! Speaking of American kids, Xander and Xena have almost no connection to America. The story very well could be Xander and Xena from Japan, Brazil, etc. Besides 4 jokes in the story, and the 4 only jokes, then it wouldn't have completely jacked up the story!
It would just change the dialogue a bit! Now, enough of me ranting. Here are some of the not many good points of the book I have none. The only reason this is rated with two stars is because of the okayish plot. This book is probably for because it is so simplistic and not complex. Jan 14, Esmeralda rated it did not like it Shelves: Maybe I am to old for this book In my opinion, the kids don't sound like kids at all, except for when they got on each others nerves.
They sound like they are grown because of how they can talk there ways into everything they want to by just making a smile or dimples, please. Not to mention that the adults in this book Maybe I am to old for this book Not to mention that the adults in this book were about as helpful as a square wheel. They just do or answer whatever the kids ask. I also find it surprising that if my dad knew about the Sherlock group I would not ask him questions or at least help convince my mom to let me stay up a little to solve the case.
Not to mention that I thought that Andrew or whatever his name is, Watson's kid, was going to be more helpful and all he did was be annoying. He basically said, "Sherlock Holmes had a big ego. He wrote all his stories to be famous and not to help catch criminals. Watson helped too but he didn't have a big head.
Movies make Holmes look like a hero and Watson look stupid. So I will spend all my time making you look stupid and laugh and be a brat". Sticks tongue out and stomps away.
Then when the case is solved Watson comes back and says "Maybe you're not so stupid, Holmes and Watson were friends, let's you and I be friends too, come to my home for a spot of tea. May 21, Mrs. Jones rated it it was amazing. Everyone loves a good mystery, including Xena and Xander Holmes! After reading this exciting tale, it quickly became one of my favorite books! Xena and Xander find out that they are descendants of the acclaimed detective Sherlock Holmes.
When their family moves to dreary London, the kids want to find something to do to occupy their time. Little do they know they are about to be i Everyone loves a good mystery, including Xena and Xander Holmes! Little do they know they are about to be inducted into a secret society of detectives! Xena and Xander have unique personalities and special traits that help them work together to solve this mystery about a famous painting.
For example, Xander has a photographic memory and Xena is a super athlete. My favorite part was when the kids spotted the girl in the purple hat for the first time! I was on the edge of my seat reading this book! Mysteries are fun to read because you get to be a part of the action! This book is actually the first in a series of mysteries by Tracy Barrett. You too could make Sherlock Holmes proud! Jun 29, Tarissa rated it it was amazing.
My new favorite series! I've just read book 1 of The Sherlock Files, and I must say it is awesome. Tracy Barrett has made a way for the modern generation to connect to our favorite detective. The modern-day descendants of Sherlock, a brother and sister sleuthing duo, Xander and Xena Holmes, are Americans going to England with their parents. Once there, they come into possession of Sherlock's casebook of unsolved mysteries. As any curious child would, these siblings embark on the adventure of a My new favorite series! As any curious child would, these siblings embark on the adventure of a lifetime The book shows how children truly can be intelligent if they'll just use their brain.
I love how the author incorporated "the game" of deciphering who or what a stranger is, just by taking in the clues. She truly captures the mental spirit of Holmes. Recommended for young readers who enjoy a good mystery. Or for adults of any age who would like a fresh glimpse of Sherlock Holmes.
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Jan 26, Amy Jewell rated it really liked it Shelves: This book is for students that are in intermediate grades. It is a chapter book without pictures.
A student could easily get wrapped up in this book while reading it to themselves, thought a teacher could also read it aloud to a whole class. I chose this book once again because it is a mystery. Haidyn did indicate he like mysteries at least 4 different times on his interest inventory. I thought he might also like the historical aspect of the book being about Sherlock Holmes great, great, great, g This book is for students that are in intermediate grades.
I thought he might also like the historical aspect of the book being about Sherlock Holmes great, great, great, great grandchildren. The main characters are solving the mystery of who stole a painting over years a go hence the title of the book! I would tell Haidyn that the book is a mystery-involving the most famous detective of all time, Sherlock Holmes. I would also point out to him that this is a first book in a series and if he really enjoyed it, there would be more books available to read just like it! Jan 30, Jenny rated it really liked it Shelves: Xena and Xander Holmes are an American brother and sister and have moved to London for a year with their parents.
They think living in London will be boring They are inducted into the Society for the preservation of Famous Detectives and given the ancestors unsolved casebook. They attempt to solve the case of a missing painting. I really liked this book, maybe because I love mysteries or maybe because I Xena and Xander Holmes are an American brother and sister and have moved to London for a year with their parents. I really liked this book, maybe because I love mysteries or maybe because I have been to London. Just as you think they are close to solving the mystery they encounter hurdle after hurdle.
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After Xander thinks he actually has seen the little girl in the painting or is it a girl in the painting the adventure gets even more interesting. And what does this painting have to do with a boys private school anyway. Hum keep reading and find out Feb 17, Ayanna rated it it was amazing. This book was really good. Upon moving to their new home in London, siblings Xena and Xander Holmes discover a strange but true fact: They are the direct relatives of the great detective Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his casebook of unsolved mysteries. You might think it would be crazy of two children to assume that they could succeed where there legendary relative had failed, but, being kids, find themselves almost immediately wrapped up in a case involving a missing painting.
Following le This book was really good. Following leads, interviewing people and applying a little old-fashioned know-how help the Holmes kids discover the truth behind the portrait's mysterious subject and the location that has kept it safe and sound all these years. Apr 14, Candace Fox rated it did not like it Shelves: I decided to read this book because it sounded interesting.
I knew it wasn't going to be award-winning literature, so I didn't have high expectations for it. Yet this book did not even meet my low expectations. The characters were one dimensional and boring, the plot was contrived and for a mystery there were remarkably few clues. Xena and Xander Holmes think living in London will be boring. Can two smart twenty-first— century kids succeed where the celebrated Sherlock Holmes could not?
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