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The Great Shelby Holmes

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3.99  ·  Rating details ·  1,024 ratings  ·  221 reviews
Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg.

Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen-always using l
Kindle Edition, 244 pages
Published September 6th 2016 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Jan 28, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I try to rate the Bluebonnets as my 3rd-5th graders might. I do have students who like mysteries. For that alone, I think my students would given this new age, kind of Sherlock Holmes type story, at least a couple of stars. Cute, dog stories are also popular amongst my students. Had the dogs had bigger roles, the book would have likely have easily earned an additional star from my students, but the dogs' roles were minimal. The biggest issue, as it relates to our student body, is the lack of cha ...more
Sep 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I received this book at BEA and even got to meet the author and have her sign my book. I was so excited about this and couldn’t wait to read it. I love a good story about Holmes and Watson. This book was just amazing. I LOVED the characters and the story was so engrossing that I read the entire book in a day.

John Watson is an army brat, he moves from place to place but his mom is finally on permenant leave and they settled down in NYC. The apartment they live in has an unusual girl th

Feb 10, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Synopsys: "Sherlock Holmes gets a fun, sweet twist with two irresistible young heroes and black & white illustrations throughout, in this middle grade debut from internationally bestselling YA author Elizabeth Eulberg. Shelby Holmes is not your average sixth grader. She's nine years old, barely four feet tall, and the best detective her Harlem neighborhood has ever seen--always using logic and a bit of pluck (which yes
Jun 04, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: Eulberg's middle grades debut proves that once again, she knows how to write to her audience. Younger readers will find a lot to admire about Shelby Holmes, the gutsy, persistent, and totally awkward sleuth heroine, and will find her sidekick, John Watson, even more admirable. Ideal for grades 4-5; has broad appeal.

Review:John Watson just moved to 221A Baker Street, Harlem, New York City, and on his move to the building, he meets Shelby Holmes. Shelby is small, young, and abrasive: she
Danielle Norris
This Bluebonnet nominee is a great read. I am a Sherlock Holmes fan and I liked the subtle nods to the books and even the culture of the fandom. It is definitely a reinvention of the stories with Shelby and Watson, but it is those subtle nods that amuse me the most. Such as Shelby's addiction to sugar, and her dog being Sir Arthur. When she gave herself the name Cumberbatch in an undercover situation I had a great chuckle. The humor was often subtle and intelligent. The joy of this book, is that ...more
A middle grade mystery modeled on Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Adventure of Silver Blaze" set in modern day Harlem with a spunky nine-year-old detective, Shelby Holmes, and her new neighbor John Watson. Watson and his mother, an army doctor wounded in Afghanistan, move to 221A Baker Street to begin a new life. Although he is nervous about the move, Watson is an experienced army brat and knows what it takes to make new friends. He is totally unprepared for his 221B neighbor, Shelby, but he's intrigu ...more
Ella Storey
Jan 09, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is great, who knew a nine-year-old girl could know so much!? It challenged my mind to think like Shelby's (though I still value my friends!) I have taught myself to observe from this book, and lots more other people can learn to observe just by reading this book!!!
I recommend this book because it is an interesting and gripping novel, but I won't go into too much detail so not to trigger spoilers...
Ms. Yingling
E ARC from Edelweiss Above the Treeline

When Watson's mother, a doctor, gets out of the military and divorces his father, she takes a position in New York City. THe two move into a brownstone, where he meets Shelby, a girl his age who has unusual powers of deduction. Her family indulges her desire to solve neighborhood mysteries, and soon Watson is dragged into one with her. Neighborhood dogs are going missing before a big dog show, but Shelby has the skills to get them back.
Strengths: I very mu
Westminster Library
When John Watson moves into a neighborhood in Harlem, the last thing he expects to find is a plucky 9 year-old sixth grader whose specialty is solving mysteries. He finds Shelby Watson slightly strange but is still fascinated by her methods. Much in the mold of Sherlock and Watson, this duo are immediately plunged into a mystery that is threatening to tear a family apart. This middle grade book has heart, smarts and a whole lot of mystery.

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Lauren (Shooting Stars Mag) Becker
This is the first book by Elizabeth Eulberg that I've read but it most definitely won't be my last, especially since this is just the first book in the Shelby Holmes series. I'm a big Sherlock fan so I always get excited to see new interpretations and this was a really enjoyable one!

Sherlock is now Shelby, a nine year old girl in New York who is known for her detection around the neighborhood. She doesn't have friends, but people know her and admire her skills, except for the policewoman, Lestr
Bruce Gargoyle
I received a copy of this title from Bloomsbury Australia for review.

3.5 stars

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John Watson has just moved to New York when he bumps into the indescribably weird Shelby Holmes, who lives in his building. Desperate to make friends, John tags along with Shelby, only to be drawn into a bizarre case of dognapping that needs the keen eye of a super detective (and assistant) if it is to be solved in time!

This is a fun and tongue-in-cheek mystery featuring a strong yet quirky female p
I had the opportunity to read a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for this review. I enjoyed reading this mystery novel featuring a smart and sassy nine-year-old sixth grader who is somewhat of a neighborhood celebrity because of her great ability as a detective. When eleven-year-old John Watson moves into the same Harlem apartment building, the two of them team up to investigate the strange disappearance of a classmate's dog.

Readers that enjoyed the Cam Jansen mystery series,
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not read much middle grade - I tend to be YA and up. But this one was strongly recommended and I got a copy for free so why not, right? It's short and will be a fast read.

Glad I went for it. The Great Shelby Homes was seriously cute and I could really see a middle grade reader enjoying it. The characters are relateable and the mystery was fun. Yes, I solved it super fast but I'm an adult reader and the mystery wasn't meant for my age bracket. I think the right age group would have a toughe
Alba Arango
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute twist on the traditional Sherlock Holmes story line.

11-year-old John Watson isn’t sure what to make of his new home at 221 Baker Street, in Harlem, NYC. Being a military brat, he’s accustomed to moving a lot and has always found it pretty easy to make friends. Then he meets his new neighbor, 9-year-old Shelby Holmes, and his whole life changes. A renowned neighborhood detective, Shelby is asked to solve a crime involving the disappearance of a classmate’s show dog, and somehow, John gets
Melanie Dulaney
Solid mystery/realistic fiction book for kids in the 9-12 age range. New to the city John Watson meets Shelby Holmes, a quirky, extremely intelligent 9 year old with a penchant for solving neighborhood crimes by using her keen powers of observation. While John is adept at making new friends wherever his mom's military career lands him, Shelby is clueless in matters of dealing with others in a way that resembles friendliness. But the two of them manage to stumble their way through a missing dog m ...more
Ange (Our Epic TBR List) Schmelzer
This was so darn fun. I can't wait to try the next 2 that are out now. I adore Elizabeth Eulberg, and not just because she's a WI girl. But I do love her for that. I adore her because she's one of the most friendly authors I have met. It means a lot to a little school librarian to have an author take 5 minutes to visit with them at a ginormous conference.

Anyway, back to the book...When John Watson moves to New York City with his mother his life is in a big transition. His parents are divorcing
This book was so freaking cute I can hardly stand it! Seriously. It was a fantastic younger retelling of Sherlock with a girl detective and her new sidekick, John Watson. The story is told from his POV and it was interesting how Eulberg took the characteristics and details of the characters we already know and translated them into younger kids. I was a little nervous about how it would work, but it totally did! The mystery is perfect for the younger crowd without it being scary or intense but wi ...more
Liza Wiemer
THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES was everything great that I love about an Elizabeth Eulberg novel: Strong, memorable characters, wit!!!!, great setting, beautiful writing.

The illustrations are wonderful.

I absolutely ADORED this novel and Shelby Holmes and John Watson seemed so real that I pretty much expect that the next time I'm in NYC, I'll see these two roaming the streets of Manhattan with King Arthur, ready to solve a case!

LOVED, LOVED, LOVED! A must for every middle school, library, and MG reader
Jackie "the Librarian"
John Watson is an eleven-year-old army brat who has just moved to an apartment in New York city with his veteran mom. He soon meets Shelby and her dog. Shelby isn't good with kids, but she knows everyone in the neighborhood. It seems like she has helped everyone, too, with her skills of observation.
When a classmate asks for Shelby's help in solving the mystery of her missing dog, John comes along. His people skills come in handy, and soon it becomes clear that this is the beginning of a beautifu
Apr 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A nice take on the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. Both Sherlock and Watson have been changed into children in this version and they live in NYC instead of London. Shelby as Sherlock may confuse some younger readers with her higher vocabulary but young John Watson will likely resonate with them. The book, for me, was a little dull until we finally get into the main mystery. 4/5 stars, recommended for 8-10 year old mystery enthusiasts.
Darlene Achee
May 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: youth-fiction
This will interest upper elementary kids who like a mystery with a little humor. I enjoyed the comparisons with the Sherlock series. It's on the Texas Bluebonnet Award Nominee list for 2017 - 2018 for a good reason - it can encourage interest in further reading. Good read reviewed by a teacher always reading book choices to engage the reluctant reader. ...more
BookChic Club
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a cute, fun book! I really enjoyed this start to a new mystery series from one of my favorite authors. I read it extremely quickly for me because it was so hard to put down. The mystery was very intriguing and I had no idea who the culprit was until practically right before the reveal. Shelby and John are a great team, and I loved their adventures together.
Sarah Sammis
Like Elementary it's set in New York City. That gives a familiar city for Watson to adventure in with Shelby, while removing it from the clichés that pop up when set in London.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m not near as huge of a Sherlock fan as my hubby, but this was all kinds of fun; the perfect middle grade mystery! Absolutely loved The Great Shelby Holmes and can’t wait to read book two in the series!‬
Jen Petro-Roy
Jun 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, middle-grade, ebook, arc
Cute, fun, and clever.
Recommended Age Range: Middle School
Chantele Sedgwick
Cute MG about a girl with Sherlock Holmes talents. My kids will love this and I'll read the sequel for sure. ...more
Dylan Pardo
Sep 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a very good book and it easily got you hooked on the mystery. I couldn't stop reading because I wanted to know what happened next. ...more
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The short and sweet version:
Elizabeth Eulberg was born and raised in Wisconsin before heading off to college at Syracuse University and making a career in the New York City book biz. Now a full-time writer, she is the author of The Lonely Hearts Club, Prom & Prejudice, Take a Bow, Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality, Better Off Friends, We Can Work it Out, Just Another Girl, Past Perfec

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