No Place Like Holmes

Monday, January 13, 2014

The more he thought about it, the more it didn’t really matter to him if his uncle thought his ideas were ridiculous. Somehow, deep inside, the conviction that he had been sent here for a purpose was growing. And, believing that, Griffin felt like he could face anything.

Book: No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2011
Genre: Mystery
Target Audience: Boys 10-14
Subjects: Family Relationships, Love for others
Summary: The great Sherlock Holmes is his uncle! He has been sent to England to live with his uncle, not knowing who is uncle is… until he sees the address of the great Sherlock Holmes and realizes it is the same address as his uncle! But to his dismay, his uncle lives in 221A, not 221B and while his uncle is also a detective, he is a crabby man who has a strong dislike for children and has no desire whatsoever to have Griffin around, let alone to teach him anything about being a detective. Griffin isn’t going to let that get him too down though. His uncle is clearly a genius and Griffin can learn a lot from him. When they stumble across a mystery Griffin has his chance to learn what it takes to be a great detective… if he escapes the bad guys and lives long enough to learn it anyway!
Notes: The first in the series, No Place Like Holmes introduces a young boy going to spend a vacation with his uncle he hasn’t met before. Griffin has a strong interest in being a detective, which his uncle claims to be. His uncle is not a believer and pursues nothing spiritual. Griffin is a believer and regularly prays and seeks God’s help and will. The spiritual emphasis is in no way the focus of the book, but the main character recognizes God as ultimate authority and prayer as the solution to problems.
Spiritual Content Recommendation Scale: 3/5
Reviewer: J:-)mi

Ephesians 1:19 – And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ,


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