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Young Sherlock Holmes 5: Snake Bite [Unabridged] [Hardcover]

Andrew Lane
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27 Sep 2012 Young Sherlock Holmes

Kidnapped and taken to China, Sherlock finds himself plunged into adventure. How can three men be bitten by the same poisonous snake in different parts of Shanghai? Who wants them dead, and why? The answer seems to lie in a message hidden in a diagram like a spider’s web. But solving it leads to an even more urgent question: what has all this got to do with a plot to blow up an American warship? Sherlock is about to brave terrors greater than any he has faced before . . .

Sherlock Holmes: think you know him? Think again.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (27 Sep 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 023075886X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230758865
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 13.8 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 308,684 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars My 10 year old loved this book 20 Aug 2013
By Chris
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Snake bite 15 Jan 2013
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Very good book
The book had a very good story. And a sad ending for Sherlock
I read the book very easily and there wasn't any really difficult words.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab! 21 May 2013
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Would recommend it to anyone of any age over 9. Ideal for children who are competent readers and enjoy a good adventure - years 5 and upwards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Learning elementary 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read, as ever 22 Jan 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great instalment 4 Jan 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! 8 Nov 2012
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Worth the money! I don't normally spend more than a fiver, but this collection is superb and 'Snake Bite' didn't let me down one bit. 'Read It' .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 5 July 2014
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Fantastic, can't wait for number 6.
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Published 10 months ago by Miss D Coppard
5.0 out of 5 stars Snake Bite
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... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Erin Britton
5.0 out of 5 stars real page turner
I enjoyed this book none stop action, Sherlock really had his work cut out with his two friends to solve the mystery
Published 12 months ago by Rosemary Thompson
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would be much better if you get gewt all the sets on kindle
this is a good book with a good story
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5.0 out of 5 stars A book to read
After reading the previous young Sherlock Holmes books I had high expectation's and let me say I was not disappointed. Read more
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