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The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match

(The Great Shelby Holmes #2)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  171 ratings  ·  46 reviews
The Great Shelby Holmes may have finally met her match in this humorous sequel to Elizabeth Eulberg's fresh twist on Sherlock Holmes.

Being friends with a super sleuth isn't easy, especially when she's nine years old and four feet tall, and full of attitude. But for eleven-year-old aspiring writer John Watson, being friends with Shelby Holmes is just the adventure he's look
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 12th 2017 by Bloomsbury USA Childrens
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Liza Wiemer
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Eulberg does it again! THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES is clever, fun, and hard to put down. It's perfect for reluctant readers and packs mystery and adventure into every page. Plus, there is fun science!

I love how Holmes is featured in this book for quite a different kind of experience that will make kids think about their actions and consequences.

If THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES hasn't been on your radar screen for your middle school readers, it's a must! Highly recommend.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
THE GREAT SHELBY HOLMES MEETS HER MATCH is absolutely adorable, so much fun, and full of fantastic Sherlockian references.

The story itself was fast paced and highly entertaining. I loved reading through Watson's perspective and watching Shelby put her deductive reasoning skills to work.

The characters are charming. Both are such a great take on the classic Holmes and Watson characters. They have a lot of the same characteristics and quirks, but Eulberg has definitely put her own spin on them to
T.J. Burns
Holmes and Watson are back in their second adventure, The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match.

I won’t tell you who Shelby’s “match” is because I don’t want to spoil the suspense, but let’s just say that Shelby and Watson get a little more than they bargain for and tread more dangerous waters when working this case than they have in previous cases.

Both John and Shelby experience personal growth. John advances to the role of (almost) a full-fledged partner. Shelby loses some of her smug, know-it
BookChic Club
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Eulberg stepped up the game in this one and I loved it even more than the first book, also finishing it in record time (in like 6 hours). I loved following along with Shelby and John as they grew closer together in their friendship. I'm really excited to see what the next book is all about!!
Kathy Martin
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this retelling of the Sherlock Holmes story, Sherlock is Shelby, a nine-year-old genius who has been skipped two grades. Dr. Watson is John Watson her eleven-year-old sidekick. both attend a school for the arts in Harlem where John is focusing on writing. Like Dr. Watson, John tells the stories of Shelby's adventures but his medium is an online journal that is also a requirement of his creative writing class.

Shelby and John met only recently when he and his mother moved into the apartment ho
Jun 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Just as delightful as the first Shelby Holmes, with an even bigger challenge for my favorite duo! Plus Levain cookies. Every book should have cookies!
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
My review for the CBCA:

This second instalment in the Shelby Holmes series by bestselling author Elizabeth Eulberg is a fun middle grade read with lots of heart and a feminist twist. The story tracks the adventures of case-solving sleuth Shelby Holmes and her sidekick John Watson. At the New York School of Arts, nine-year old Shelby is so eccentric and rude that she is shunned by the other students. Shelby, like her namesake, has a complete disregard for the pleasantries that usually accompany p
Sarah Sammis
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match by Elizabeth Eulberg is the second Shelby Holmes book. John and Shelby are in school now and their teacher, Mr. Crosby is acting weird. Things get worse when the teacher's watch is stolen and the thief is trying to blackmail him into failing Shelby.
Becky Ginther
This is a cute twist on Sherlock Holmes featuring a girl named Shelby and her best friend John Watson in modern times. It's actually the second in the series, but I hadn't read the first one and didn't really need any prior background knowledge - anything that might have been important was explained in the plot of this one.

I thought it was pretty neat the way the author took so many references to the original Holmes stories and updated them in a fun way for kids. Many things, from the names of t
These books are so much fun! If you have kids who like mysteries and are ready to graduate from Magic Tree House or Nate the Great, check out these books. They follow John Watson and his new friend Shelby Holmes while they solve cases and navigate the world of elementary school. And the second one is just as good as the first! John and Shelby met over the summer so this one shows them heading back to school. Except for John, it's a new school and now he's friends with the kid everybody thinks is ...more
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Aug 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’m admittedly a big fan of Holmes from his incarnation under the adept hands of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to the various iterations that have dotted across literary and media history throughout the years.

This variant is one of the cuter ones and definitely perfect for the younger generation coming up in a world that is daring to go beyond the long held beliefs on gender.

Eulberg, in her second book of this series, turned Holmes into a girl who is so smart (obviously) she’s been moved up a couple of
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was the second book in Elizabeth Eulberg's Great Shelby Holmes Mystery series. I enjoyed how this book picked up right after the first book ended. We got to see how John adjusted to his new school and made some new friends. It was clear on the first day of school that Shelby did not have friends and was often referred to as a "freak." It was great to see how John not only remained friends with Shelby, but also made the other kids aware of her talents so they became more tolerant and even a ...more
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Summary: In the sequel to "The Great Shelby Holmes" John Watson is adjusting to his life as the the new kid at 221 Baker Street.  He is getting used to living alone with his mother, attending a new school, and becoming acquainted with his new neighbor "The Great Shelby Holmes".  Shelby is a genius and a super sleuth who is teaching John the art of observation as he help her solve cases. Since the start of their association Shelby's lessons have b
Krista K.
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery, arc, middle-grade
I received this arc from Netgalley for an honest review.

The dynamic duo of 11-year-old John Watson and 9-year-old and over all know-it-all Shelby Holmes are back in their newest adventure! John makes new friends easily at his new school, Harlem Academy of the Arts, as he's had lots of practice starting moving around and going to new schools as an army brat. His new multi-ethnic group of friends enjoy video games, playing basketball, and discussing various arts, but John longs for a new case with
Oct 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun. John Watson is new to town and has made one friend—Shelby Holmes. Shelby Holmes is a curious girl who has few friends, but lots of knowledge about just about everything. She can follow clues to find lost dogs, figure out where her classmates spent their summers, and solve the mystery of missing piggy bank funds. She is always watching, collecting data, and analyzing her surroundings.

When the new science teacher loses his beloved watch, Shelby knows she’s up to the tas
Rhyllis Bignell
Apr 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Feisty nine-year-old girl detective Shelby Holmes returns to solve a new mystery and confront an old enemy. With her friend and mystery-solving partner John Watson they are ready to face new challenges. Both are attending a new school - the Harlem Academy of the Arts, in the same year level because Shelby’s ‘brain attic’ her knowledge and deductive abilities have helped her skip two grades.

John has experienced new schools and different places and as an army kid, and is confident about their fit
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a very enjoyable novel for upper elementary readers. Many kids have been exposed to and are interested in forensics or criminology, so this is a great book to learn a bit more about those fields in a youth-centered detective story. This book is a modern mystery, with some influence from the classic Sherlock Holmes novels, that is easy for current audiences to read. I had not read the first book in this series, but I could easily get into the plot of this novel without it, though it has i ...more
Hannah Vale
Sep 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a huge Sherlock Holmes aficionado ever since I read The Hound of the Baskervilles for school in eighth grade. I've read and seen almost every permutation from Basil of Baker Street to Benedict Cumberbatch, but the Shelby Holmes series may be far and away my favorite. So many clever Holmesian allusions wrapped in a modern-day school story that still feels so fresh and exciting, along with plenty of laugh-out-loud moments from an engaging narrator and some sweet emphasis on family and ...more
Bridget Neace
Oct 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was looking forward to the sequel as soon as I finished the first one. Watson has a great voice for this new series' narrator. I enjoy the relationship between this interpretation of the Holmes and Watson dynamic and all the small and/or subtle homages to the originals (I was very happy to see the bulldog, Sir Arthur, return!).

While I did not enjoy the main plot (i.e. the case) in this second book as much as the debut Shelby Holmes tale, and was planning on giving it 3-3 1/2 stars, the fact th
Elizabeth Eulberg's The Great Shelby Holmes Meets Her Match (The Great Shelby Holmes #2) is a middle grade-sized Sherlock DELIGHT! I loved the way that Elizabeth Eulberg wrote her middle grade characters and their ties to the Sherlock Holmes originals--Holmes, Moriarty, and Lestrade as female roles; Watson as the downstairs neighbor with an online blog--just all so connected to originals but bringing them to a middle grade audience with a modern flair.

Fans of the first book, The Great Shelby Hol
Beth G.
There is not much I can say about this without spoiling things. Like the first book in the series, it's an absolutely delightful adaptation of the Holmes stories for kids, brought into 21st-century New York and featuring more diverse characters. If you're familiar with the Canon, you'll spot the references that pop up throughout the book.

Once again, Eulberg nails the friendship between Holmes and Watson - for me, the heart of the Canon and any successful pastiche. I love the way they interact: t
Baker St Shelves
Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Another excellent entry in this series that is low than wonderful for younger people starting into Sherlock Holmes. Here we have higher stakes, the full extent of John and Shelby's relationship is put to the test, and a new character named Moira Hardy press Shelby at her limits. (I'm sure you can figure out who that is) It's nice to see that John's mom is now fully aware of his adventures that he makes public in his writing class for the students to read. Nice touch. Plus I love the Basil Rathbo ...more
Aug 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
John Watson has started his new school alongside his first and best friend, Shelby Holmes. Watson had a great time solving the previous mystery with Shelby and can't wait to see what their next adventure will be. Shelby uncovers something fishy going on with their new teacher and she is determined to find out what his deal is. This second case has Watson learning more techniques from Shelby and Shelby learning a few techniques from their adversary.

This was a fun twist on the classic Sherlock Ho
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
My kids loved the first book in this series, which I picked up at a Scholastic Book Fair, and I was so excited when I saw the chance to read the second one. They were too! The book stands alone, so kids who haven't read the first will do fine reading it. But it also continues to develop the relationship between Shelby and Watson nicely. The parallels to the original story are very fun, but one doesn't need to know anything about the original to enjoy it. All around very fun. I hope there are mor ...more
Laura Mauro
Aug 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: earcs
I loved this book so much. It was a lovely sequel to the first book in this series. I loved the way this story really focused on Holmes and Watson friendship. I loved both the case and the characters that came into the story. It def was a step up in from book one. I loved the adorable illustrations and also who the "villian" was in this story. I also really enjoyed the how the mystery was developed and how it really effected the main characters. It was such a fun read and grew to love John even ...more
Apr 21, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: kids
I read the second book because I liked the first. The relationship and the characters were still pretty good, but the mystery aspect was a little weak in this one. But shades of Sherlock, in this one Shelby meets her Professor Moriarty. Unlike the real Moriarty, this villain has less understandable reasons for having a vendetta on Shelby. If you like the first book, you will continute to enjoy this, but I'm not sure if I would recommend it by itself.
Jan 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another smart Shelby Holmes mystery with a real problem, villain, and solution that will keep middle grade readers guessing. Sherlockians will delight in all the Sherlock Holmes references. Although the case is solved, there is still some unfinished business that demands another novel. This is a good sequel that will leave readers eager for more.
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: summer-2019
IT is good book with lots of excitement, and Shelby is a lot like Sherlock. The one thing that O do not really like is that Shelby, someone very smart acts like a bully, and might inspire some people.
Sara Truog
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: juvenile
Pleasant story about a kid who moves to Harlem and befriends Shelby Holmes, a confident girl sleuth investigating their teacher's strange behavior. Second in a series (I somehow missed the first one, but this can stand alone). Readers in grade 2+ who like mysteries will enjoy this.
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
If your students love a mystery this is a great series. I loved the theme of friendship in the story and I know many of my students will relate to the characters. A great book for a 4th grade classroom to introduce mystery-at a good reading level.
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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 Per

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