Eye of the Crow: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 1st Case

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Tundra, Oct 13, 2009 - Juvenile Fiction - 272 pages
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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.

Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with young readers everywhere.


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I probably read this book in two or three days and finished the series in a month. (It only took that long because I had to find the books at the library!) The series itself does a really good job filling in Sherlock Holmes's personality. Some people really put down the first book, but they should've at least read the series before they judged it that harshly.
Great read for anyone who loves a good mystery!
 

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Contents

A DARK PAST
7
OMENS FROM THE SKY
18
THE MURDERER
21
VIOLIN LAND
34
FIRST CLUE
47
MOHAMMADS STORY
57
THE UNUSUAL GIRL
64
ESCAPE
77
LILLIE AND MR LEAR
143
A DANGEROUS MOVE
155
THE DEVILS CARRIAGE
165
NEW MORNING
171
THE WILD SIDE
180
THE EYES OF MAY FAIR
196
CRIMINAL ACTS
209
DEATH
225

IN DISGUISE
91
HOME ROBBERY
107
ALL THAT GLITTERS
119
SEEING EVIL
129
SHERLOCK HOLMES
243
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS
250
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About the author (2009)

Shane Peacock was born in 1957 in Thunder Bay, Ontario, one of four brothers. He attended school in the northern town of Kapuskasing, before attending university, where he studied history and English literature. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of six novels and three plays, and has been nominated for numerous awards including several National Magazine Awards and the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction. When not writing, Shane Peacock enjoys playing hockey with his three children, and watching sumo wrestling. He lives near Cobourg, Ontario.


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