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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Main Market Ed. edition (27 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023075886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230758865
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,535 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The world’s most famous detective. The most brilliant mind in fiction. But before he became the great detective, who was young Sherlock Holmes? The fifth book in a series of mystery adventures featuring a teenage Sherlock and endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate, now with a new cover look. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Andrew Lane is an author, journalist and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. This is his first series for young adults. He lives in Dorset with his wife and son. Andrew's passion for the original novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his determination to create an authentic teenage Sherlock Holmes made him the perfect choice to work with the Conan Doyle Estate to reinvent the world’s most famous detective as a teenage boy.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr H - Book Zone (For Boys) Blog on 4 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
Five books in and Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes books just seem to get better and better. I raced through the latest, Snake Bite, in a single sitting, and yet again I was left wanting more and more, and this may even be my favourite of the series so far.

Snake Bite is very different from the previous books in the series in that it hardly features any of the characters that have appeared in previous books. In fact, the only two that do make an appearance are Sherlock's brother Mycroft and his tutor Amyus Crowe, and this only in the book's prologue as they agonise over the disappearance of Sherlock. It would appear that he has been kidnapped, most likely by The Paradol Chamber, but for what reason we are left to speculate along with Mycroft and Crowe.

The first chapter proper opens with Sherlock at sea, on board the Gloria Scott, just off the southernmost tip of Africa. He still has little idea as to how he came to be on board the ship - he can remember falling asleep in his uncle's library, and the next thing he knew he was at sea, initially being treated as a stowaway. However, through hard work he has become accepted by the crew as almost one of them, and so begins his greatest adventure so far. An adventure that sees him travelling all the way to China, facing pirates along the way, and making new friends and, of course, new enemies along the way.

In previous books Andrew Lane has already done a considerable amount of fleshing out of his young Holmes, gradually giving him the skills, character traits and morals that Sherlockians the world over know and love.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Elfe Willowson on 3 Feb. 2013
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At last... another excellent book by Andrew Lane!
When one reads (or watches of TV or films) Sherlock Holmes, we all accept that he knows a lot of things. But very few of us think "how did he learn this?"
In the first of the Young Sherlock Holmes series by Andrew Lane, Sherlock is sent to an Uncle & Aunt in the country whilst his Mother is recuperating. Amyus Crowe is assigned (by older brother Mycroft) to be Sherlock's tutor. Throughout this & over the next three books, & one "novelette", Amyus (& his daughter Virginia, who Sherlock takes a shine too) teaches Sherlock & his friend Matty how to "think outside the box".
In Snake Bite, Sherlock finds himself travelling to China on a cargo ship. With his usual “I might just as well learn while I work” attitude, Sherlock gains much respect from the Captain & crew. The ship’s cook befriends Cherlock & begins to teach Sherlock to speak chinese & also the art of Tai’Chi.
Once in China, Sherlock finds himself investigating the death of a friend, another friend’s father as well as the Head Cook from another ship, all of whom die in very similar circumstances.
As usual, Andrew Lane gives an exceptional view as to how Sherlock may have learned what he did to become the man we know today.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ye Olde Ed on 22 Jan. 2013
Format: Hardcover
At the end of the fourth novel, "Fire Storm", Sherlock woke from a drugged sleep to find himself on board a ship bound for China. "Young Sherlock Holmes: Snake Bite" by Andrew Lane sees him separated from his friends and family, a stranger in a strange land, facing baffling mystery and deadly danger. Mr Lane somehow devises adventures for the youngster that sit comfortably within the precise period setting, that are suspenseful, thrilling and intelligent, and that credibly contribute towards the development of his character. It's no mean feat to write so convincingly of young Holmes in Shanghai, solving the problem of apparently impossible murders by snake venom, foiling a plot to destroy an American warship, learning oriental martial arts the hard way, and confronting one of the vilest criminals imaginable - and we can believe that all this contributes towards his becoming the man Dr Watson will later meet at Bart's Hospital. A cracking good read, as ever.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chris on 20 Aug. 2013
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My 10 year old has read the series so far and lovedit. Would recommend to advanced readers who love Sherlock Holmes
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By Erin Britton on 23 Oct. 2013
Format: Paperback
One minute young Sherlock Holmes is sitting down for a quiet read in his uncle's study in Farnham, the next he's waking up aboard the Gloria Scott and is partway through a voyage to China. Fortunately seafaring is just one of the many walks of life where being a good violinist will stand you in good stead and so Sherlock, despite being a [reluctant] stowaway, is allowed to join the crew. Life aboard ship is difficult even when not under attack from Chinese pirates but Sherlock manages well and is slowly accepted by the crew, becoming particularly close to Wu Chung, the ship's Chinese cook.

Soon though, the long voyage to China and back is the least of Sherlock's worries. During a stopover in Sabang, a suspicious ashen-skinned fellow named Jacobus Arrhenius comes aboard the Gloria Scott. Sailors being a suspicious lot, they're instantly sceptical about the nature of this new passenger and even the rationally-minded Sherlock has to admit that there's something strange about Arrhenius. Even the ship's arrival in China offers no respite from danger as Sherlock stumbles upon the improbable fact that three men have died in different parts of Shanghai after being bitten by the same poisonous snake. Fortunately for all concerned, in Snake Bite young Sherlock Holmes is on the case and he's in top form.

Snake Bite is the fifth of Andrew Lane's Young Sherlock Holmes series and it's another cracking read. Lane is great at coming up with mysteries that would challenge even the greatest detectives and that consequently give even Sherlock Holmes cause for concern.
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