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From the Publisher
Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is
the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew.
Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in
the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden
of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs
nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.
But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already
apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by
constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he
meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational
murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious
when he finds himself the accused - and in London, they hang boys
Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the
character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the
sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a
fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with
young readers everywhere.
From the Hardcover edition.