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Red Leech (Young Sherlock Holmes Book 2) by [Lane, Andrew, Macmillan]
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Review

Praise for "Death Cloud", the first book of the series:

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers

turning pages." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal"

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines."--Kirkus Reviews

Praise for "Death Cloud", the first book of the series:

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers

turning pages." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal"

"Fans of mystery and adventure will find much to like in this page-turner wrought with danger, adventure, and a healthy dose of logical problem solving."--"VOYA"

."..satisfying and engrossing..."--"School Library Journal"

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Praise for "Death Cloud", the first book of the series:

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers

turning pages." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal"



."..smart..."--"Horn Book"

"Fans of mystery and adventure will find much to like in this page-turner wrought with danger, adventure, and a healthy dose of logical problem solving."--"VOYA"

."..satisfying and engrossing..."--"School Library Journal"

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Praise for "Death Cloud", the first book of the series:

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers

turning pages." --"School Library Journal", starred review

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal"



..".smart..."--"Horn Book"

"Fans of mystery and adventure will find much to like in this page-turner wrought with danger, adventure, and a healthy dose of logical problem solving."--"VOYA"

..".satisfying and engrossing..."--"School Library Journal"

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines."--"Kirkus Reviews"

Praise for "Death Cloud," the first book of the series:

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers

turning pages." --"School Library Journal," starred review

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews "

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal"



Praise for "Death Cloud," the first book of the series:

" smart " --"Horn Book"

"Fans of mystery and adventure will find much to like in this page-turner wrought with danger, adventure, and a healthy dose of logical problem solving." --"VOYA"

" satisfying and engrossing " --"School Library Journal"

"This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines." --"Kirkus Reviews"

"A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers turning pages." --"School Library Journal, starred review on Death Cloud, the first book of the series"

"The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense." --"Kirkus Reviews on Death Cloud, the first book of the series"

"Purists will applaud." --"The Wall Street Journal on Death Cloud, the first book of the series""

smart "Horn Book"

Fans of mystery and adventure will find much to like in this page-turner wrought with danger, adventure, and a healthy dose of logical problem solving. "VOYA"

satisfying and engrossing "School Library Journal"

This intriguing look at the times and development of a much-loved character fascinates across gender lines. "Kirkus Reviews"

A menacing villain and an unexpected twist make for a thoroughly engaging read that will keep readers turning pages. "School Library Journal, starred review on Death Cloud, the first book of the series"

The plot takes off like a rocket, constantly building suspense. "Kirkus Reviews on Death Cloud, the first book of the series"

Purists will applaud. "The Wall Street Journal on Death Cloud, the first book of the series""

Book Description

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 second book in a series of mystery adventures featuring a teenage Sherlock and endorsed by the Conan Doyle Estate, now with a new cover look.

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 865 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; New edition edition (5 Nov. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004AHLXUU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 37 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #60,275 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Format: Paperback
Taking on a task as huge as writing the back story for the world's most famous detective is bound to attract a lot of attention from die-hard fans, and I know that some of them have been somewhat critical of Mr Lane's efforts, stating that there was little of the Holmes power of deduction that they have come to know and love. I sometimes wonder how intelligent people can sometimes act so unintelligent when it comes to a subject they feel so strongly about: of course, the young Sherlock character is different from Conan Doyle's creation, he is after all only fourteen! Why can't these detractors look beyond this and spot the subtle details and experiences that Andrew Lane spread throughout his story that are the seeds from which the adult character will grow?

Hopefully, this minority of angry fanboys will be silenced by Red Leech, the second volume in these chronicles of the young Holmes as I feel it is even better than Death Cloud. Having met the character in that first book we are now given a chance to get to know him properly; this is often difficult in a first-in-series book for young readers who demand fast pace and regular action scenes, and so second-in-series books are all the more important when it comes to character development. Andrew Lane certainly rises to this challenge with Red Leech as we start to observe the genesis of some of the mannerisms and beliefs that are so well known in the full formed adult version. Some of these moments in the story are very subtle, some are far more obvious, but almost every one I spotted sent a small shiver of delight down my spine, and created a smug knowing grin on my face. Mr Lane also pays more attention to the legendary Holmes thought process in this book, as the young Sherlock reflects on things that he sees or events that happen.
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Format: Paperback
This is the second book in the Young Sherlock books and IT IS AS ENJOYABLE AS THE FIRST!! SO BUY THIS BOOK......

It begins just after Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud and continues Sherlock's education in detecting.

The adventure takes place across continents and Sherlock travels to the New World of America and battles evil there. This gives us more of an idea about his tutor, Crowe's life and experiences.

It also shows up some of Sherlock's Britishness and I think the idea of Empire should be explored in later books, a trip to India perhaps??

Sherlock is beginning to develop his techniques more and more, his use of disguise and critical thinking to discover what is going on is interesting, as is his reading of The Republic (Penguin Classics)

Although, THANKFULLY!! as a teenage boy he would rather learn to play the violin and battle evil stewards than actually read all of Plato!!!

This is a really good read, his trip to America gives us a new dimension to Holmes, not just how London impacts him but also the rest of the World.

I was also left wanting for more and most of all........

I WANT to know about Mrs. Eglantine, WHAT IS HER HOLD OVER THE HOLMES FAMILY?.......

She is there in the background and I hope that all of these stories lead to her....
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I promised, in my review of the first of this series of books, that I would give it another chance by reading Red Leech. I kept my promise. What do I make of number two?

Well, first, I must acknowledge that Lane can tell a jolly good (though still far fetched) story. It is not only teenagers who will enjoy this galloping yarn. It is true that, as with the first book, a promising plot turns into something approaching farce by the end. But that doesn't really matter. This is a gripping and well-constructed story.

But it is NOT Sherlock Holmes. Yes, I know he learns the violin in the story. And he makes mental notes to understand more about tattoos and codes and things like that. But this is a James Bond story, not a Sherlock Holmes story. It is all action (and very violent action). Young Sherlock continues on his campaign of killing as many baddies as he can (not something he went in for in adulthood). The scene in the engine room of the liner crossing the Atlantic is plainly designed for a Bond type movie.

The dialogue remains, as in the first book, relentlessly late 20th early 21st century. This time we are also treated to Holmes imagining the day when steam engines may allow travel to the moon. The author is clearly desperate to convince his readers that the Victorian stuff is all peripheral. As I pointed out in my last review, Lane plainly wanted to write young James Bond novels and has simply decided to make Holmes into Bond.

I remain sad that Lane has, in effect, prevented anyone else from making a proper attempt at writing about the young Holmes. Not just Lane. We are told that Conan Doyle's family has approved these books as the official young Holmes stories.
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The second outing for Andrew's Young Sherlock Holmes and one that helps give the reader the chance to get to know him before his talents burgeon. It's definitely a book that will win the author fans, it will also please established Doyle fans as well as help build the characters mythos which overall will only add to the characters overall popularity. Add to the mix a great story arc, some good outlining and a conspiracy or two that will enthuse the reader and you know that you have something special. This series, if it continues to build on the success of the first two titles is something that could easily be transferred to the medium of either film or a children's TV series. Which goes to show that this really is too good to miss.
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