By F. C. Shaw
Rollie and his best friend Cecily enroll in Sherlock Academy, a school that trains them to be detectives like the great sleuth Holmes. Within the first week of school, a burglar is committed and a mystery unravels. Rollie uses his learned skills to investigate. He soon discovers appearances can be deceiving and the truth can be hurtful, but solving the case is everything. Does he have what it takes to be as good as Holmes? Can he solve the mystery and save the school from an unknown villain? (Courtesy of goodreads.com)
Adult Point of View
Sherlock Academy is moving into the elite position of one of my all-time favorites. This is a perfect mystery for middle-grade readers (8-12 years old).
Rollie has a rambunctious family, an elderly Great-Aunt Ei, and the opportunity to attend Sherlock Academy. At the orientation, the students are given a box of objects. Each one is a clue to figure out their class schedule.
Once in class, the teachers take roll in a unique way and clue-type way. The school has a rotating library, and each child is encouraged to try and solve the mystery. Not only do class mysteries abound, but there is a criminal. Rollie and Cecily, his best friend, work at piecing together the clues.
I enjoyed this story because the teachers are nearly caricatures and humorous. The chums at school are each unique, but the main focus stays on Rollie with Cecily and his roommate as secondary characters.
The story ends in a great place for future books but leaves the reader feeling satisfied with this one too. Adults will enjoy searching for the Easter Eggs in the novel – one of my favorites was about beekeepers. This book is absolutely darling and fun! The detective work was a bonus. I highly recommend this book.
5 out of 5 stars
If you love mysteries try Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett.