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Death Cloud

(Young Sherlock Holmes #1)

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  7,635 ratings  ·  1,198 reviews
1868 England. Sherlock Holmes, age 14, unexpectedly summers with Farnham relations and befriends orphan Matt. Why does a dark cloud float from a corpse covered in red boils? Sherlock fights, runs, gets caught, drugged, whipped, ordered killed; defending bystander is fatally knifed. Americans logical tutor Amycus Crowe and daughter Virginia in well-fitting breeches help.
Paperback, 313 pages
Published June 4th 2010 by Macmillan Children's (first published June 3rd 2010)
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Katie As far as I know, it's Young Adult, not Middle Grade, but there are no scenes that I'd consider to be disturbing for, say, a 12-year-old. Personally, …moreAs far as I know, it's Young Adult, not Middle Grade, but there are no scenes that I'd consider to be disturbing for, say, a 12-year-old. Personally, I'm 22 and found it entertaining.(less)

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 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
I'm going to put this book in the 'not bad, but could have been better' classification. I have my own perceptions about how young Sherlock Holmes would be and this one isn't real close to my ideas. Yeah, I'm not sure I can clarify that right now, so I won't try. I just found the book disappointing in how it did craft young Holmes.

I did like the fact that Holmes has a mentor in an American who brings to mind a cross between Mark Twain and Wyatt Earp/Doc Holiday. Mr. Crow helps to develop Holmes'
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unknown
Feb 24, 2011 marked it as to-not-read-ever  ·  review of another edition
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It's elementary, my dear Usher.

"To Justin Bieber she is always THE woman. I have seldom heard him mention her under any other name. In his eyes she eclipses and predominates the whole of her sex. It was not that he felt any emotion akin to love for Robyn Rihanna Fenty. All emotions, and that one particularly, were abhorrent to his swooping, precise but admirably balanced bangs.

He was, I take it, the most perfect grin flashing and eyelash-fluttering machine that the world has seen,
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Peyton
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2-stars
A book recounting the childhood of Sherlock Holmes should be fascinating, witty, clever, and interesting. Death Cloud is none of those things. Sherlock Holmes has endured in popularity because of his unique personality--but Andrew Lane doesn't give his Holmes any personality at all. In my mind, a young Sherlock would be much like Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce: brash, brilliant, and imaginative with a thirst for knowledge and adventure. According to Lane, however, Holmes never showed any particul ...more
☆ SANA ☆
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The journey through this book was really amazing. I couldn't even imagine Sherlock Holmes as a teenager. But Andrew Lane has written novels about it. It was thrilling and full of suspense and adventures. I understood now why Sherlock Holmes was so intelligent in his adulthood. It was just because of the things he learned in his childhood and teenage period. The characters were also well chosen. And I highly recommend this book to those who are Sherlockian but are craving for more. And of course, ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
I find Sherlock Holmes MUCH more interesting as an extremely educated, arrogant drug-using eccentric than as a smart, highly coiffed, but not-particularly-peculiar teenager. But then, what can you expect when Sherlock appears to be a Justin Bieber clone on the cover of the book? I know Sherlock, and the Bieb is not him.
The set up: Fourteen-year-old Sherlock is left to his own devices when he is sent to spend school holiday with a distant aunt and uncle. He explores the surrounding woods and mee
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Kavita
Have you ever met a Sherlock who is dumb as a doorknob? No? Well, this is your chance!

Sherlock is sent away to spend the summer holidays with his aunt and uncle, because his entire family is too sick, too busy, or too AWOL to bother with him. He makes friends with a random street boy, Matty Arnatt. He also gets an American tutor called Amycus Crow and falls for his daughter, Virginia. When two men die under similar circumstances, the game is afoot. All this sounds like good stuff, but it isn't
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Andrew
Sep 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Okay I have seen these books listed and displayed in numerous places but never really thought about reading them until i was presented with an offer too good to resist - (how many books have I bought with those very lines I wonder) but I was about to buy the entire series - in paperback - for the price of a single title.

Anyway I do love a good Sherlock story however there are so many of them around - based on every aspect and era of his life including those not mentioned in the Doyle originals
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TL
Sep 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
a fitting tale of young Sherlock... i could hear sherlock's 'voice' quite well and fell into the tale quite easily... the new characters (matty, amyus, virginia) were fleshed out well and I loved their personalities.

The 'case' Sherlock and company were solving was fairly exciting in parts and when the conclusion was revealed I wanted to turn and smack the villain and utter a few choice words, devious but also an idiot he was.. but I have a feeling we haven't seen the last of him as of yet.

It wa
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Giovanni Gelati
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you seen the cover of this YA novel? It appears to me that Justin Bieber is Sherlock Holmes. I am not hating on the Bieb’s mind you, I am just trying to say I was a bit surprised. The only two people left sporting such a hair do left were, I thought, the Biebs and Tom Brady. But I digress. Having said absolutely nothing at all constructive about the novel, I turn the post and the blog over to daughter number five as she took one look at the cover and said, ”What the hey, I’ll give it a shot ...more
Sarai
Apr 19, 2011 rated it it was ok
This review contains spoilers.

The book was okay, but I did have some issues with it. First of all, it wasn't much of a mystery. It was a mystery for Sherlock to figure out but there was nothing for the reader to figure out. Second, the author kept repeating himself and I would have expected an editor to catch it but apparently not. There were a couple of times where Sherlock turned away and then in the very next paragraph he turned away again.

There were other things that made me feel like the a
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Oda Renate
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a really enjoyable,fun, actionfilled Sherlock holmes set story.
As the title says its young Sherlock Holmes, here at age 14. Granted he does not seem exactly like himself from the canon, but he could grow into that.
I will defently continue this series.
Tony
Nov 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Canny writers/publishers/producers have been cottoning on to the notion that there's money to be made in mining the adolescent and teen years of male heroes -- witness The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones or the Young Bond series. And since Sherlock Holmes is in all likelihood the most pastiched fictional character in history, it came as little surprise to come across this first in what will likely be a lengthy series of "Young Sherlock Holmes" books. Although I do enjoy the Sherlock Holmes can ...more
Hayden Shockley
Oct 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Death Cloud, by Andrew Lane, is the start of a new series of Sherlock Holmes as Sherlock is a teenager. This mystery thriller kept me up all night just to find out what happens next. Death Cloud was never a boring read and I am glad to have of read it. A mysterious "cloud" has been seen by some to be the cause of two deaths. This book is about Sherlock and his first ever impressive mystery, and of many new people he meets.

Death Cloud takes place in various cities throughout England, mostly in Fa
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Angelc
Jan 23, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Death Cloud" is the first in a series of the adventures of young Sherlock Holmes. The book has been approved by the Sir. Author Conan Doyle estate, so you know it's going to be good! This book is really the perfect combination of action/adventure and logical explanations. I love the logic Sherlock is starting to cultivate, and it's great to see everything explained in a detailed way. The explanation of the Death Cloud itself is quite intriguing.


I loved the characters, Sherlock is so lovable in
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Jabiz Raisdana
I can see why young readers would like this book- adventure, creepy bad guys, mysterious and cool little facts about things,(Like bees and history)but this genre and this book were not for me. It took me forever to finish this one because the characters felt flat and the plot bizarre.

I think I like my fiction a bit more realistic, my characters a bit more dysfunctional and awkward and the writing a bit more crafted. Not much on theme or craft here, but it is a fun ride for those of you who like
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ana
Dec 03, 2019 rated it did not like it
a travesty. I was gonna be mild and give this a 1.5* but then buzzsaw hand (yeah u read that right) happened and also implying instant addiction in a 14 year old is fucked up so uh ? we’re here.

the problem with this was that it tried too hard to work future Sherlock stuff into the story to make sure we got the clue instead of successfully de-aging modern Sherlock into his teenage self. the result was a character that felt nothing like Sherlock Holmes but pretended to be him. An imposter, if you
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Beth
Jun 04, 2018 rated it liked it
A good story for Y/As...3 & 1/2 stars. ...more
Margo Tanenbaum
Sherlock Holmes is one of the most beloved fictional characters ever created, and the original Arthur Conan Doyle stories remain popular, as do many spin-offs in both books and film for adults and young people. A new series by British writer Andrew Lane imagines Sherlock as a fourteen-year old boy solving his first murder mysteries. The first volume in this series, Death Cloud, starts off a bit slowly but soon turns into an intriguing murder mystery.

Andrew Lane writes that his intention with thi
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Cassie
May 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Where do I start? This book was definitely exciting and filled with revelations. I actually bought this book months ago but got to the first page and couldn't bring myself to keep on reading it, so it sat in my book box for a long time. I felt like reading it one night, though, so I picked it up and I'm really glad I did. Its the first in a series of adventures featuring young Sherlock Holmes and, naturally, with that name comes great expectations of a story that can bring you to the edge of you ...more
Kribu
This was a quick, entertaining read - an enjoyable kids' historical action/adventure/mystery (with a nice amount of educational information sprinkled into the plot without it coming off too pedagogical).

I liked the characters well enough, even though none of them truly grabbed me (but I don't usually expect much character development from a relatively short children's book, especially if it's the first of a series). I liked Matty, Amyus Crowe was interesting if not exactly unsubtle in the "let's
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Amy
Sep 13, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Sherlock Holmes. And by that I don’t just mean I love Robert Downey Jr., though I do, I really love the Arthur Conan Doyle stories of this unstable genius of a man. However, I wasn’t all that excited to read about Sherlock as a kid. Then something on the cover caught my eye and reassured me. This is the first series about young Sherlock Holmes to be endorsed/approved by the Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.

Everything about this book is amazing and CRAZY.
Sherlock has to go live with his uncle an
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Amber
Feb 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely thrilled when I received my ARC of Andrew Lane’s Young Sherlock Holmes: Death Cloud. From Dr. House to the new BBC adaptation, we are culturally inundated with Sherlock Holmes characters so I was excited to see a different perspective on Holmes’ past. Death Cloud follows Sherlock during his summer vacation from boarding school. With his father sent to India with the Royal Navy and his brother Mycroft working in the busy city of London, Sherlock is shipped off to relatives who he ...more
Julie
Mar 28, 2013 rated it liked it
I've grown up knowing who Sherlock Holmes was, but most of my knowledge base was from Disney's "The Great Mouse Detective." More recently, I enjoyed the Robert Downey Jr. movie and the British tv series. I decided to give the actual literature I try. I'm half way through my second short story by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and am enjoying them. So I was excited about the premiss of this book, especially since it's endorsed by the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Estate.

Even with that limited exposure to the w
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mstan
The story begins promisingly with Sherlock's brother Mycroft coming to inform him that Sherlock would not be spending his vacation at home, but instead, with his uncle and aunt, whom he had never seen.

And yes, that is young Sherlock Holmes we are talking about, and this is accessible Holmes for young adults, quite easy to read and fast-paced.

Adults would find characters like Amyus Crowe, Sherlock's tutor, and Mycroft, his elder brother (who seems to be some big shot in an intelligence office) in
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Jenn
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012, mystery
Death Cloud is a prequel to Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. It is the first book in an developing series that shows the development of Sherlock Holmes. In the first installment, teenage Sherlock is sent to spend a summer with his aunt and uncle in a small town where he uncovers the truth behind two mysterious deaths. He is assisted by his wise American tutor, Amyus Crowe, Crowe's daughter and a homeless boy. Through the course of the novel, Sherlock makes his first friends, escapes death numero ...more
Lynn Worton
Feb 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Sherlock is fourteen years old and he's been sent to stay with his Aunt and Uncle in the country. He meets Matty Arnatt, another fourteen year old and they become friends. Matty sees something mysterious and this sets the course for Sherlock's new life.

As I said in my review of Young Sherlock Holmes: Fire Storm, I just had to get the first three books in this series. This is the first book, and it is just as fantastic as the fourth one! I absolutely love Sherlock Holmes! He thinks fast on his fe
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Daisy
I liked this book. I liked the story and I liked the characters. The problem was that it didn't feel much like a book about Sherlock Holmes. I know it's the first in the series and Sherock's character will probably develop a lot, but he just felt too much like a normal boy to ever become the Sherlock Holmes we know and love. Also, I thought the romance was corny and unoriginal, and I spotted many minor plotholes along the way. Still, things I did like were (view spoiler) ...more
Catherine
Jun 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Ahh! What a brilliantly exciting read. I enjoyed it oh so much and honestly could barely put it down, especially the last 5 chapters. I thought it was an extremely worthy take on what Sherlock Holmes could have been like at 14.

Just an all round good read. Brilliant characters, non-stop action, plucky kids beating out the adults. What more could you want from a kids' action adventure type book? Plus there was plenty in there for the maturer reader. Especially those well acquainted with Holmes' c
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Ken B
May 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was a little leery digging into a YA novel that delved into the origins of Sherlock Holmes. The very origins that are so widely speculated upon and debated upon by Holmes scholars with very little consensus.

I went into the novel with fairly low expectations and was frankly, quite impressed. While, what was presented by Lane may or may not pass muster with the scholars, I found the story engaging and the characters colorful and believable and am looking forward to reading the other books in the
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Paopiggy
Oct 25, 2015 rated it liked it
A young Sherlock who wasn't so eccentric. Meh. But this was still an interesting read, considering I felt the need to finish it in one go.
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During 2009, Macmillan Books announced that Lane would be writing a series of books focusing on the early life of Sherlock Holmes. The series was developed in conjunction with the estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Lane had already shown an extensive knowledge of the Holmes character and continuity in his Virgin Books novel All-Consuming Fire in which he created The Library of St. John the Beheaded ...more

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“The door opened after a few moments. Sherlock was looking slightly upwards, expecting Amyus Crowe to be standing inside the doorway, and for a moment he was confused by the empty space. His gaze droped, and he felt his heart stutter as it came to rest on the face of a girl at the same level as his own. Her cloths were dark, and in the shadows of the hall her face seemed to be floating in mid-air.” 6 likes
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