Sherlock Titles for Tweens and Teens
With the current resurgence of interest in the Sherlock Holmes cannon, there has been increased interest in novels about the famous detective. But what to do for your younger teens and tweens who aren’t quite ready for Arthur Conan Doyle? Fortunately, there are a myriad of options for younger readers.
The Graphic Novel Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – This series is a great entry point for both graphic novel obsessed readers and reluctant readers who already enjoy Sherlock Holmes stories. There are currently 19 titles in the series.
The Echo Falls Mysteries by Peter Abrahams – This three book mystery series features 13 year old Ingrid, whose idol is Sherlock Holmes. Contemporary and teen focused, this series is a good choice for your readers who enjoy either Sherlock or Elementary (the TV series.)
|The Boy Sherlock Holmes series – Shane Peacock’s historical mystery series begins with Sherlock at the age of 13. A lonely, misunderstood social outcast, young Sherlock gets too involved in his amateur investigation of a newsworthy murder case and finds himself among the accused. There are 6 titles in this series, which concluded in 2012. This is a good choice for readers who enjoy the historical elements of the traditional stories.
The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer – 14 year old Enola is the much younger sister of Sherlock and Mycroft, a creation of Nancy Springer. About 20 years their junior, Enola runs off to London to escape the dire fate of being sent to boarding school. There, she solves a series of mysteries all while evading discovery by her older brothers. The series borrows setting and some details from the original cannon, but all the Enola stories are unique. There are a total of 6 titles.
This series, authorized by the estate of Arthur Conan Doyle, stars a teenaged Sherlock just at the beginning of his interest in solving mysteries. All of the familiar characters are present, but the series also includes two new characters – tutors of Sherlock – who seem to be used mostly to illuminate Sherlock’s character. There are currently 4 titles in this series, which is ongoing.
Do you have any titles or series you’d recommend? Please speak up in the comments!
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About Karen Jensen, MLS
Karen Jensen has been a Teen Services Librarian for almost 30 years. She created TLT in 2011 and is the co-editor of The Whole Library Handbook: Teen Services with Heather Booth (ALA Editions, 2014).
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