Sherlock had a sister ... and she is formidable, too!

Summary:

On the morning of her fourteenth birthday, Enola Holmes wakes up to a dreadful situation: her mother has gone missing. In a state of confusion and distress, Enola calls upon her two brothers to help her: world-renowned Sherlock Holmes and infamous Mycroft Holmes. Her siblings attempt to convince Enola mom just "ran away." Enola disagrees and goes out on her own to find her. As Enola navigates the mystery of her mother’s disappearance, she is faced with many obstacles. Just as she begins to explore London and all of the possibilities of her mother’s whereabouts, she becomes entangled in another case, that of the missing marquess, the Viscount Tewkesbury of Basilwether.

In addition to running from her brothers, Enola must also escape the villainous people associated with the missing marquess. Enola is captivated by the mysteries she has uncovered and proves herself to be a witty and courageous detective.


BTSYA / Teen Reader (17):
Enola Holmes and the Case of the Missing Marquess is a multi-layered mystery that explores themes of feminism, individuality, and courage. The plot keeps readers hooked from chapter to chapter and leaves them hungry for more. After watching the movie based on this book, I was quite surprised at how much the plot differed from the film. Nevertheless, I was captivated by the story from beginning to end.

The coded messages included throughout this novel are a pleasure to crack. The author gives readers a chance to unleash their inner detective with these secret messages.

I recommend this novel to readers 10 and older. There is some violence as Tewkesbury and Enola escape their murderous captors, but nothing extremely graphic. I propose that people who enjoyed watching the recent Enola Holmes movie on Netflix also read this book. It offers a fresh aspect to the storyline and includes details not seen on screen.


Reader Enjoyment Factors:

Mystery, a strong main character, and lots of clues/puzzles scattered through the book make this an engaging, fun page-turner. If you've seen the movie, you don't know the whole story

Content Awareness Factors:

Mild violence during the "escape scenes," but nothing graphic. 


Type of Book:
This is the first book in a middle-grade mystery series starring the sister of Sherlock Holmes.
Educational Themes:

This is an exceptional choice for the "which was better: movie or book" discussion. As our reviewer explains, there are merits for each. 

Reading Level:
6.6
Recommended Age To Read By Yourself:
12 and Up
Recommended Age To Read Together:
10 and Up
Age of child:
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer’s Age: 17
Purchase Recommendation:
Borrow, at least. If you love mysteries and also enjoy book-to-movie pairings, we recommend buying this one.

Title Enola Holmes: The Case of the Missing Marquess
About

Enola Holmes Mystery, Book 1 of 6

Author Nancy Springer
Publisher Scholastic Inc. © 2006
ISBN 9780545017459
Material Paperback
Cost $7.99
Genres Mystery
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