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Title:
The 100-year-old secret
Author:
Barrett, Tracy, 1955-
Personal Author:
Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Henry Holt and Co., 2008.
Physical Description:
157 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Summary:
Xena and Xander Holmes, an American brother and sister living in London for a year, discover that Sherlock Holmes was their great-great-great grandfather when they are inducted into the Society for the Preservation of Famous Detectives and given his unsolved casebook, from which they attempt to solve the case of a famous missing painting.
Language:
English
Reading Level:
650 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 4.4 4.0 122356.

Reading Counts RC 3-5 3.7 8 Quiz: 44063.
ISBN:
9780805083408
Format :
Book

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What if you inherited Sherlock Holmes's book of unsolved cases?

Xena and Xander Holmes have just discovered they're related to Sherlock Holmes and have inherited his unsolved casebook! The siblings set out to solve the cases their famous ancestor couldn't, starting with the mystery of a prized painting that vanished more than a hundred years ago. Can two smart twenty-first-century kids succeed where Sherlock Holmes could not?

Modern technology meets the classic detective story in The 100-Year-Old Secret , the first in Tracy Barrett's terrific new mystery series that will intrigue young sleuths everywhere!


Author Notes

Tracy Barrett is the author of the Sherlock Files books, as well as several other acclaimed books for young people, including King of Ithaka , Cold in Summer and Anne of Byzantium . Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children's book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.


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Booklist Review

After moving from Florida to London with their parents, 12-year-old Xena Holmes and her younger brother, Xander, are surprised when a mysterious stranger presses a note into Xena's hand, mutters It fades fast, and hurries away. They follow the note's puzzling instructions (written in rapidly disappearing ink) and discover that they are not only descendants of Sherlock Holmes but also the heirs of his notebooks and his unsolved cases. Researching 100-year-old clues, they attempt to solve a mystery involving a missing painting. The setting sets up some interesting scenes as the children explore their new city and find, among other things, that even familiar words can have unfamiliar meanings. In a nice gender-stereotype reversal, 10-year-old Xander is the child who disarms adults with his winning smile, while Xena is more likely to keep her wits about her. Although not always completely convincing, the first book in the Sherlock Files is a fast-paced, entertaining mystery.--Phelan, Carolyn Copyright 2008 Booklist


School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-7-Shortly after 12-year-old Xena and her younger brother Xander move with their parents to London from Florida, they discover that they are the direct descendents of Sherlock Holmes and they receive his notebook of unsolved cases in this first title (Holt, 2008) in the series by Tracy Barrett. The youngsters are determined to try to solve a case, and settle on one involving a long-missing portrait by the artist Nigel Batheson. There is an exhibit of his work scheduled to open at a local museum, so the children feel a connection to the case. Following one clue after another, as well as some miscues, the siblings use their particular talents of exceptional memory and observation to find a solution. Likeable characters, an intriguing premise, and references to original Sherlock Holmes stories combine for a fun telling. David Pittu does a laudable job reading the tale and has an excellent sense of timing. He gives each character a unique voice and brings the various personalities to life. An enjoyable beginning to a new series.-Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.