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Sherlock Academy

(Sherlock Academy #1)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  45 reviews

Teachers in disguise, secret libraries, hollow books . . .

All these and more await eleven-year-old Rollie Wilson at the mysterious Sherlock Academy of Fine Sleuths.

When Rollie and his best friend, Cecily, are invited to attend a school where children learn the art of detection just like the great Sherlock Holmes, they discover a strange burglary has been committed and
Kindle Edition, 141 pages
Published April 22nd 2015 by Future House Publishing (first published July 31st 2009)
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Sean Gibson
I’m a 37-year-old man (child) reading a book intended for 8-10 year-olds, so let’s split the difference and put myself into the mind of a 9-year-old to review it.

Hold on—let me get into character.

“Farts. Tee hee! Boogers. Tee hee! Poop. Tee hee! “

Sorry—that was still me. Now I’ll really get into character and write as 9-year-old me:

“I like Sherlock Academy. I like that there is a boy like me who solves mysteries like Sherlock Holmes, who is a famous detective who is very smart. He has a friend w
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: (Non-Purist Sherlock Homes fans, Harry Potter fans, Fast-paced kids lit fans, The young-at heart.)

I'll say it; I absoutely adored this book. I adored everything about it, from the cute cover art, to the straightforward writing style, to the endearing relationship between Rollie & Cecily (our engaging pair of heroes).

There's obviously been some comparisons to the "Harry Potter" series, and not unreasonably so; there's certainly some of the same ideas & tropes to be found in both books, but I think this book manages to both revere that comparison, and yet also set itself apart into it's own sp
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
I may be a little partial, but I do believe this may be one of my favorite books! :)
Aug 21, 2015 rated it really liked it
A fun story for young mystery buffs.
Baker St Shelves
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Boy do I love this book! Imagine the basic concept of Harry Potter with it's plucky young hero, his friends, eccentric professors, and main villain; but instead of becoming wizards/witches, they are being taught the ways of Sherlock Holmes in the hopes of becoming private detectives or policemen.
So worth it and it's only .99 on Amazon!
Mackenzie Ethington
This was such a fun book!! It made me want to pull out a magnifying glass and become a detective. It was an easy and quick read but was exciting till the end. I wish I had kids to read this story to because they would love it. I'm looking forward to reading the 2nd one. ...more
Kailey (Luminous Libro)
Rollie and his best friend, Cecily, have just been accepted into the prestigious Sherlock Academy. They have to solve clues to figure out their class schedule, learn the art of disguise, decode secret messages to find out their assignments, and analyze fingerprints in the class roster. But there is a deeper mystery hidden in the library of Sherlock Academy, and a burglar is after Rollie's most treasured book!

I loved everything about this book! The characters, the plot, the mystery, the action, t
Kadi P
May 21, 2020 marked it as dnf
I really tried with this one but I’m just not feeling it. It has very strange sexist vibes and is written confusingly. The setting is modern but the characters all act like they’re not from the 21st century (hence the sexist vibes). Which 13 year old kid tells a girl it’s not appropriate for her to wear trousers instead of a dress? Very odd and made me uncomfortable.

I love Sherlock Holmes because I love a good mystery but the level of love for him in this book is borderline obsessive. It’s comes
Aaron Freeman
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: elm572-books
Sherlock Academy (Sherlock Academy #1) by F.C. Shaw is a newer mystery series for kids. I was looking for something that was written in the last few years and came across this series. I decided to locate the first book in the series and start from there. It’s a good start to what I can only expect will be a great little series to read. Especially if they build on one another so kids can see the development of the characters throughout. The book is about a group of young aspiring detectives who l ...more
Gina Hott
Jul 15, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Let’s get our Sherlock on!
In true Sherlock fashion this middle-grade mystery is fun and suspicious. Nothing is as it seems. Rollie must use his instincts to look past the surface and find the true meaning behind the academy, his peers, and his family.
I think Sherlock Academy gives middle-grade readers many reasons to love it! First, it’s just a great book, there’s adventure, mystery, and lots of fun! Second, who doesn’t like to show our family that we CAN. Third, there are many thinly veiled lif
David Hickenbotham
It took a little bit to get into this one. I had to talk my daughter into continuing to read it with me even after we'd gotten about a fourth of the way into the book. By the end of the book, though, she was telling me it was the best book ever.

I'm not sure if it was the best book ever, but it was really good. It would probably be even better for kids. I really like the way the author writes. She doesn't write down for the children, but she writes in a way that all the children would understand
Lisa of Hopewell
This is a cute, readable, chapter book for elementary schoolers. The children are (what else?) mysteriously chosen to attend the Academy. They must de-code their class schedule. The library rearranges itself. The teachers are all specialists in Sherlockian crime solving methods. There's classes in codes and disguises, among others. Rollin E. Wilson and his friends start their first year at school by arriving in a hansom cab. And, imagine! The playground is on the roof! How's that for fun?

kristina doyle
Aug 16, 2015 rated it it was amazing

I downloaded this book onto my kindle fire for my third grade and ended up reading it myself. I had only meant to read the first chapter to be sure it wouldn't be too difficult a read for him and ended up reading the whole thing before I knew it! I am not ashamed to say I am excited to share this story with my boy and eagerly look forward to continue with Rollie and Cecily, for my own enjoyment as much as his!
Jan 01, 2016 rated it liked it
This is a solid, though not challenging, story for late elementary-middle grade students. The premise is certainly fun, and the main characters are likable, although they aren't very fully developed. Without divulging too much, the mystery in this book was pretty obvious--but maybe someone in the target audience would find it more interesting than I did. ...more
Mar 10, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, since the second one is coming out soon and I'm one of the privileged few to be going to the release party I should read the first one! It really is a shame that I have not read it yet since it was a birthday gift and is even signed by the author (sorry Farah!). ...more
Toni White
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Has several small mysteries rolled into one ending.

It is a good book for both adults and kids. Just when you think you might have the mystery solved, something else comes up and changes things. It's a fun and easy read.
A fun Sherlockian book for kids. I could tell the author wasn't actually British, but it didn't seriously detract from the story. I did spend a significant amount of time distracted from the story trying to figure out the time period in which it's set, which I still haven't figured out. ...more
Aug 01, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I am SUCH a fan of this new series. It rings of Harry Potter, but has all the good detective stuff like Sherlock Holmes. I really wish there was a school that taught detective skills!
Sep 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-fiction, mystery
I loved this mystery!
Sep 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a cute story! I loved this book!! It keeps one rooting for the characters and trying to guess what the ending would be! I would recommend this book to others.
Nov 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
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Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Started this book as a fun read on a lazy holiday, and the first word that pops up is cute. A short read which can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.
Jul 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it more the fifth time!
Tales Untangled
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock Academy is moving into the elite position of one of my all-time favorites. This is a perfect mystery for middle-grade readers (8-12 years old). 
Rollie has a rambunctious family, an elderly Great-Aunt Ei, and the opportunity to attend Sherlock Academy. At the orientation, the students are given a box of objects. Each one is a clue to figure out their class schedule.

Once in class, the teachers take roll in a unique way and clue-type way. The school has a rotating library, and each child i
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Sherlock Academy is a good book, but it didn't capture my attention as much as I had hoped. I was trying to read it with some 8 - 9 year olds in mind. I can imagine them saying there isn't enough action, the hooks from chapter to chapter are not strong. I might need to try book 2 to see if the storyline strengthens. ...more
May 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a wonderful introduction into the Sherlock genre for kids and enjoyable for someone already familiar with the well known detective. I read this one aloud to my kids and they anxiously awaited each new chapter. We cannot wait to read the next book in the series.
Oct 22, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute story about kids who love to solve mysteries. I'd guess this is about right for readers in grade 4. ...more
Oct 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sherlock fans would love this mystery book which gives a mind-blowing ending.
Deb Gaff
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Nice story about children aspiring to be Sherlock Holmes like detectives They model problem-solving and perseverance as they solve mysterious happenings at their school
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