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Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars: The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas
Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin
Illustrations by Greg Ruth
Fiction (Series)
Ages 9 to 12
Scholastic, 2006, 0-439-82836-8
  Many people fancy that they know all there is to know about the famous detective Sherlock Holmes. What most people don’t know is that Sherlock Holmes not only had Doctor Watson to help him, but he also had a group of street urchins on his side who would collect valuable information for him. Holmes called these boys the Baker Street Irregulars. Led by Wiggins, a boy with courage and a big heart, the boys are experts at following suspects and asking questions.
  The boys know something is up when Holmes gets a visitor, a very special visitor. Indeed they recognize that Holmes’ newest client is none other that the Prince of Wales himself! Why then is Holmes asking them to go to a circus? It turns out that three tight rope walkers died under suspicious circumstances and it is possible that their deaths have something to do with Holmes’ Buckingham Palace client.
  Soon the boys are caught up in a dangerous race to catch the ruthless criminals who stole a priceless treasure from the Palace and who seem to kill with impunity.
  In this wonderful mystery novel young readers will get to meet a fascinating cast of characters from Victorian London. They will come to appreciate Sherlock Holmes’ famous deductive methods and they will also get to know some extraordinary children who face their daily struggles for survival with humor and courage. Readers will get a real feel for what it was like to live in Victorian London; among other things they will experience London’s famous fogs, the harshness of life for the poor, and the fascinating inner life of a circus.
  This is the first book in what promises to be a very interesting and entertaining series.


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