Marcia Berneger is a retired teacher who lives with her husband and three crazy dogs. She taught both first and second grade, as well as special education. She currently teaches Torah school, in addition to her volunteer work in classrooms, libraries, and with various fundraisers. She lives in San Diego.
The Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His 5th Case
Very few things surprise fifteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes but, when he takes his young lady friend out for her birthday, even he can’t figure out how a mediocre magician like Alistair Hemsworth can make such a life-like dragon appear on stage and then, just as quickly, make it disappear into thin air. The young couple goes backstage to meet the magician and they find him being arrested for the murder of the most famous magician in London. It appears that something has eaten the famous magician in a secret lab apparently belonging to Hemsworth. Sherlock sets out to prove Hemsworth’s innocence and actually accomplishes his goal. Once the magician is released, however, Holmes finds himself questioning whether the man he’d freed was, indeed, the murderer. Shane Peacock has done his research well. His character makes a very believable younger version of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. Shane has also accurately portrayed London of the 1860’s. True to the style of the original master, this novel is filled with excellent deductions by the young Holmes, numerous twists and turns and an exciting climax that kept me reading at the edge of my seat. The many Jewish references in this book mainly refer to the fact that Sherlock is a “half-Jew” and many of these references are not positive, i.e. (Sherlock) “Sir…I am part Jewish.” “(Other) “and zat was difficult for your, yes?” “Very.” Or (Other) “A Jew’s reputation is sullied enough in England by his mere existence.” Even in this respect, the author is accurate in showing that being a Jew in England in the 1860’s was not easy. This book is highly recommended for ages 10 and above.
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