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Teen Reviewed: Death Cloud

Death CloudTitle:  Death Cloud

Author:  Andy Lane

Summary: This book is about Sherlock Holmes and his adventures.  It starts in the summer of 1868, and he is fourteen.  During the summer, he is shipped off to stay with his uncle and aunt in Hampstead.  While there, two people die from mysterious symptoms, and Holmes gets suspicious and starts investigating.  Helped by his new tutor Amyus Crowe.  Together, they discover the evil plan a brilliant villain has created and they fight to rescue everyone.  The long journey of Sherlock Holmes is crazy and scary.

Gut reaction: A fun read, there is a mystery on every single page, and it’s very fascinating.

Why:  I read this book because my friend recommended to me, he said it was a good book, and he is enjoying it.  I didn’t stop reading it because it was very mysterious and you don’t want to stop reading it. You will want to find out the ending of the book no matter what.

Who would like this book: This book is amazing. Anyone that likes action books and a lot of crazy jammed-packed stuff and I recommend reading this book.  It will grab you and pull you into the book.  There is no word to describe the amazingness put into this book.  I recommend reading this book because it will blow your mind.

–Khoa, Delridge Teen Blogger

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Teen Review: Hound of the Baskervilles

Hounds of the BaskervillesMost people know the name Sherlock Holmes, the famous detective capable of solving any mystery. Currently, Seattle Rep is putting on a production of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Hound of the Baskervilles that is very worth seeing. Personally, I am not a huge fan of Holmes but this production captured me completely. The effects, the acting, the script, the staging and the set had me hooked into this enticing production.
 
The story follows Holmes and his sidekick Dr. Watson as they investigate the supposed hound that terrorizes the Baskerville property in England. After Henry/Hank Baskerville inherits the manor, strange things start happening to him and Holmes associates them with the curse of the hound. His goal becomes to find out what is really going on and put a stop to it. Based on the mystery aspect of this play, the audience is in for a big surprise as to who is behind the legend of the beast.
 
There is a scene that takes place in a train station in the first act of the play that was extremely captivating to me. As the set is constantly moving, the actors rush around the stage with music filling the space of dialogue to build up a great amount of suspense and excitement. Another element of the production that I loved was a gargoyle hound statue centered above the stage. Its eyes that glowed red at key moments throughout the play added an element of suspense and eeriness that nothing else could. The figure reminded me of a creature from Harry Potter and was an enjoyable and unique set feature.
 
If you have the time I would highly recommend attending this play, but hurry up because it only runs through December 15th.
 
If you do get a chance to see the play I hope you like it. However, if you miss it, there are many Sherlock Holmes stories available at your local library and online.
 
Whether you experience Holmes in print or on stage or on film, I hope you enjoy it.
 
Maddie, 16, Northeast Teen Adviser
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Teen Review: The Adventure of the Red-Headed League

 The Adventure of the Red-Headed League by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The second short story in the anthology The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is mostly dialogue-driven. The Red-Headed League is another hilarious story revolving around the quick wit of Sherlock Holmes as described by his ever-loyal companion Dr. John Watson. This story is by far the most outrageous I’ve read in the series so far but it nonetheless excellently written. Continue reading

Teen Review: A Scandal in Bohemia

 

A Scandal in Bohemia by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

I have recently read my favorite story of all time and I fear that I’ll never read a better one. A Scandal in Bohemia, a short story as opposed to the two novels preceding it (A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of Four), it is packed full of humor, wit, and preposterousness. Rarely one to laugh aloud at the humor of books, this short story written in 1891 had me holding my sides and in tears multiple times. Continue reading

Teen Review: Sign of the Four

 The Sign of the Four, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Another Arthur Conan Doyle novel and another masterpiece of English literature, featuring a far more complicated plot than the previous A Study in Scarlet, continues the thrilling story of Mr. Holmes and Dr. Watson. The Sign of the Four contains all of the classic elements of the last: love, transcontinental adventure, greed, betrayal, murder, and, of course, mystery! Doyle really knew his stuff when it came to writing and to history; reading this book almost takes me back in time to the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
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Teen Review: A Study in Scarlet

 A Study in Scarlet by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Where to start? Doyle, who led an amazing life to rival that of Holmes’, wrote quite the page-turner when he wrote A Study in Scarlet. Rarely do I find a book about which I can honestly say that, but I really couldn’t put this book down. The words flowed effortlessly from the page to my eyes and the language is so smooth and beautiful, I could hardly believe that the story is a century-and-a-quarter old. To summarize, this book is flawless. Continue reading