What if young Arthur Conan Doyle really went to a secret school for extraordinarily gifted children called Baskerville Hall? When a mysterious man with a pipe notices young Arthur’s incredible deductive skills, Arthur’s offered a spot at the esteemed Baskerville Hall and a chance to lift his family out of poverty. There Arthur makes quick friends with Irene Eagle, a girl who boldly strides into any adventure and Jimmie Moriarty, a boy whose brilliance rivals Arthur’s own. But he makes enemies, too, who want Arthur expelled . . . or worse.
Soon Arthur and his friends (and enemies!) are invited into a powerful secret society called the Clover. In order to be accepted into the illustrious social club, they must pass three tests, but along the way, Arthur uncovers a mystery that will lead to grand adventure . . . and even greater danger. Arthur will need all the help he can get to solve the puzzle and keep a shocking truth from falling into the wrong hands. Meanwhile, he will finally meet the man who becomes his greatest mentor: Professor Sherlock Holmes.
* from Goodreads
A much needed respite.
I’ve always loved YA mysteries and Sherlock is, of course, a favorite so it was with great excitement that I pounced on the opportunity to read The Improbable Tales of Baskerville Hall Book.
Can I just say… Wonderful?!
This was a fun, engaging children’s mystery that will be great to share with readers, and listeners, of all ages. Sort of a mashup of Harry Potter, Artemis Fowl and Percy Jackson with the fun Sherlock vibe. While it is a mystery and there’s a sinister plot afoot it remains a fun light labyrinth.
I can’t wait for more!!
Author: Ali Standish
Publisher & Date: HarperCollins Children’s Books
Genre: Children’s Fiction | Middle Grade | Mystery & Thrillers
Setting: Baskerville Hall, UK
Series: Baskerville Hall, Book 1
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