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Rupert is a sad, miserable man who ultimately transforms and gains some self-love by the end of the book. He has lots of fun inventions that carry them through the story, providing Griffin with the opportunity to look up to something in his poor uncle. It was cool to watch them bond over the case and start to work together. Though the case was fairly straightforward, it had plenty of exciting sequences to keep my interest. If you like Holmes' style of detective work, you'll like this one, as long as you don't mind a little Christian love thrown in for good measure.
View 1 comment. Apr 26, Aaron rated it really liked it. Very good, I loved his uncle's inventions that he would build, make and maybe use to solve the crime.
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Mar 07, Tweller83 rated it liked it Shelves: mystery. Just an ok book. Fun steampunk but a little heavy on the Christian religion for my taste. Mar 07, Mary Findley rated it liked it. As many other reviewers have said, this is very reminiscent of the Encyclopedia Brown series. I thought some of the observations were kind of pointless, like how many frayed threads varied from one sleeve to the other.
I did enjoy the adventure itself, though I wish the no spoiler mechanism of the disappearance in the beginning had been explained more or at least come up again. I especially enjoyed the Steampunk aspects and the reference to artistic accomplishments. The fact that Griffin wrong As many other reviewers have said, this is very reminiscent of the Encyclopedia Brown series. The fact that Griffin wrongly interpreted one observation a costly oversight was a great touch! The Christian aspects seemed both a bit forced and also superficial.
I objected strongly to the life-threatening incident near the end. A moderate amount of violence is expected in an adventure. One reviewer mentioned Treasure Island, and that is an excellent example of how to handle violence in a young reader-targeted story. Mar 23, Trisha rated it liked it. Griffin Sharpe's visit to his uncle takes an unexpected and exciting turn when the two find themselves investigating a mysterious disappearance. His skills of observation honed and ready, Griffin is reminiscent of a young Sherlock Holmes, who happens to live in the apartment above Griffin's uncle.
This book is adorable. And I mean that in an entirely non-condescending way. Griffin is a perfect young detective, displaying a keen mind and a kind heart.
While his powers of observation and deduction Griffin Sharpe's visit to his uncle takes an unexpected and exciting turn when the two find themselves investigating a mysterious disappearance. While his powers of observation and deduction are well beyond the pale for one his age, Griffin is still portrayed as a sweet, amiable kid - a feat I believe deserving of some applause for Lethcoe's writing ability.
Creating that combination of intelligence and innocence takes great skill in my opinion. Griffin reads as a precocious but delightful thirteen year old. The plot is fast-paced and exciting without relying too heavily on spectacle or melodrama. The clues Griffin finds and his conclusions deducted from them are explained, but briefly and simply in a way perfect for a middle grade fiction novel or for an adult brain that's looking for light and easy. I really only have two complaints. One involves a plot spoiler, so skip the rest of this paragraph if that bothers you.
The novel maintains a middle grade level of violence until the end when suddenly death is a very real option. I wasn't a fan of this sudden turn to knives and stabbings and would have preferred the work stay consistently in the non-violent realm. My second complaint regards religion. The son of a Methodist minister, Griffin's religious nature permeates the text, not necessarily dominating the tale, but still maintaining a consistent presence.
Griffin calls upon God in his hour of need and despairs of his Uncle's lack of belief. There were a few moments that felt trite, unnecessary and cliched. Then again, I have to admit a bit of a prejudice when it comes to religion in novels; if it's not central to the story, I find the inclusion annoying.
I first requested the book because of its connection to Sherlock Holmes. I had just read Dr. Jekyll and Mr.
While Sherlock doesn't have a large role in the book, he is still a constant character. Snodgrass suffers from severe bouts of jealousy against his competitor, in part fueled by a callousness on Holmes' part when Snodgrass was a child. And of course, Holmes flits around in the background throughout the story.
And yet again, a Sherlockian Holmesian? I really must rectify the situation soon and read some Holmes. Sep 13, Dana Rongione rated it it was amazing. Griffin Sharpe is not your average American boy. He's observant--very observant. He can tell you the number of stairs he just climbed, the number of breaths you took during a recent conversation, and whether or not the man across the street brushed his teeth this morning.
His matter-of-fact attitude and curious nature, however, only add gas to the fire of ridicule he receives from his peers. When his mother sends him off to spend the summer with his uncle, Snoops, in London, Griffin i Griffin Sharpe is not your average American boy. When his mother sends him off to spend the summer with his uncle, Snoops, in London, Griffin is elated yet nervous.
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After all, he has never met his uncle and knows very little about him. On the train ride, our young hero is thrilled to discover that the address he is heading to is the address of England's finest detective, Sherlock Holmes. The thrill dies away when Griffin learns that his uncle is not Sherlock Holmes, but a inept detective wannabe with a harsh demeanor and an ungrateful attitude. When a woman comes to him for help in finding her husband, Griffin's uncle jumps at the chance to prove his detective skills and outwit his accomplished neighbor, Holmes.
But when the kidnapping turns out to be merely the beginning of an elaborate plot, Snoops enlists Griffin's aid in solving the crime. Will they solve the mystery in time, or will Snoops, once again, find himself a step behind Sherlock Holmes? There's No Place Like Holmes is a fantastic read for children and adults alike.
The plot is thorough, yet simple enough for even a young child to understand. The characters are well-written and evoke a lot of emotion from the reader. The overall flow of the story is smooth, leaving adequate time for thought but advancing the story at a quick enough pace as to prevent boredom. Though the book has a Christian theme woven throughout, the author never seems "preachy" or "in your face. This book is clean and suitable for readers of all ages. It was a joy to read, and I have to admit that I didn't want to put it down.
I especially enjoyed the extra tidbits included in the book such as the mini-mysteries in the back.
This book definitely has something for everyone. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. Oct 11, Leslie Preddy rated it really liked it Recommends it for: grades This entertaining whodunit involves an uncle with a talent for inventions and a nephew with a gift of observation. Young Griffin is sent from America to stay with his uncle in England. His irritable uncle is an aspiring detective who has the unfortunate luck of living next door to the great detective Sherlock Holmes and is surprised and not at all pleased to see his annoying nephew on his doorstep.
Griffin's talent and curse is that he notices everything, much like the famously talented Sherlock This entertaining whodunit involves an uncle with a talent for inventions and a nephew with a gift of observation. Griffin's talent and curse is that he notices everything, much like the famously talented Sherlock Holmes, but he just wishes he could keep his mouth shut and not annoy and embarrass people with his keen sense of observation.
His uncle is so irritated he sets the ground rules within moments of their first meeting, which include keeping out of his way and staying out of the house from 8am to 6pm. Soon, though, the two are thrown together in their own mystery. They make a powerful team when they combine the talents of Griffin's quick, keen eye and his uncle's odd-ball, but surprisingly useful, investigative inventions.
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When the two combine their talents, they make a somewhat superpower of a detective team. What makes this story is how it is interspersed throughout with the spirited observations of Griffin and the dry, quirky uncle. Griffin is misunderstood by most. Young readers will relate to his feelings of loneliness and being misunderstood by his peers, but what cannot be overlooked is that he is sad and sweet with a kind heart and keen mind. This book can make a reader want to laugh, cry, and become an inventor or investigator.
This is a surprising light and fast read for any young problem-solver, but also a great recommendation for the older, struggling reader. The author has a companion blog of text, video, cartoons, and more at which will enrich the reading experience of the visual, interactive generation of young people.
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