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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; Unabridged edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447200314
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447200314
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 235,614 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Andrew Lane is an author, journalist and lifelong Sherlock Holmes fan. His 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. Andrew lives in Dorset with his wife and son.

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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 Amazon Customer 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By craig malone on 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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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Shona Eleri Eckford on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ye Olde Ed on 22 Jan. 2013
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Marie Bainbridge on 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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By A. Bukhari on 2 Nov. 2014
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The plot was amazing, you're never waiting for some action because theres always some new problem Sherlock has to deal with. All of the main questions you may be asking gets answered eventually in a way that makes you snap your fingers and say "Well, that was so simple!"

Some of the things Sherlock says ties in with what will happen in the original series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and I love that!

All in all, its a great read that leaves you with a cliffhanger so great, I'd tear the book apart in fury at it ending
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