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A study in Charlotte : a Charlotte Holmes novel, Brittany Cavallaro

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A study in Charlotte : a Charlotte Holmes novel
Title
A study in Charlotte
Title remainder
a Charlotte Holmes novel
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Brittany Cavallaro
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Language
eng
Summary
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson descendants, Charlotte and Jamie, students at a Connecticut boarding school, team up to solve a murder mystery
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Award
YALSA Best Fiction for Young Adults, 2017.
Review
  • Grades 9-12 Far from his London home, Jamie Watson is still adjusting to his Connecticut boarding school, Sherrington, when he meets Charlotte Holmes, the great-great-granddaughter of the famed detective. Is it pure coincidence, or is something else afoot? When one of their fellow students is murdered, Watson is drawn into the peculiarly compelling and idiosyncratic Holmes’ orbit. The two work together to clear their names, all the while fearing for their very lives. Fans of television’s Elementary and Sherlock will avidly devour this book, which draws heavily from Arthur Conan Doyle’s source material, though newcomers to Doyle’s work may struggle to keep up with Charlotte’s impressively quick thinking. Less a mystery for readers to solve, Cavallaro’s debut, yet another reimagining of the iconic detecting duo, is more of a joyous excuse to watch one of the literary world’s most beloved pairings come together. Readers will delight in the romantic friction between Holmes and Watson, particularly when it comes to their long-awaited union. A smart adaptation with an already built-in fan base. -- Barnes, Jennifer (Reviewed 2/1/2016) (Booklist, vol 112, number 11, p50)
  • Gr 9 Up — What if Sherlock Holmes's great-great-great-granddaughter went to boarding school with Dr. Watson's great-great-great-grandson? They might strike up a friendship as sophomores. Charlotte Holmes and James Watson do, at the money-conscious Sherringford, a prep school in Connecticut. Holmes (as she is known) has an analytical, antisocial bent and a bit of a drug problem. Watson, who narrates, has a short fuse and quickly becomes a suspect in a date rapist's murder. Together they begin an investigation, putting their inductive and deductive skills to the test. A familiarity with classic Arthur Conan Doyle tales is helpful, though most references are explained in the story. Both Holmes and Watson are prickly teenagers in a plot that includes poison, explosions, Moriarty's descendant, and a deadly virus. The case wraps up neatly, with the indication that Holmes and Watson will team up again in the near future. This novel presents a dark view of boarding school, with some drinking and other risqué behavior. Suggest to fans of Maggie Stiefvater's "Raven Cycle" series (Scholastic). Slightly younger readers might try Colleen Gleason's "Stoker and Holmes" series (Chronicle), featuring Holmes's niece and Bram Stoker's sister. VERDICT An additional selection for most school libraries.—Maggie Knapp, Trinity Valley Sch., Fort Worth, TX --Maggie Knapp (Reviewed December 1, 2015) (School Library Journal, vol 61, issue 12, p118)
  • Debut author Cavallaro brings Arthur Conan Doyle’s sleuths (or their distant relatives, anyway) into the 21st century, casting Holmes as a brilliant young woman and Watson, who narrates, as her admirer and accomplice. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson are descendants of the famous crime-solving duo, each inheriting their forebears’ talents for deduction and bringing murderers to justice. They are students at a Connecticut boarding school, where someone is killing their classmates and framing the two of them as the culprits. Cavallaro gives Charlotte the cold, calculating persona of Holmeses ranging from Doyle’s original to the stars of shows like Sherlock and Elementary , including the tendency toward detailed deductions about people and a drug addiction. This Holmes was sexual assaulted by her now-murdered classmate, but Cavallaro uses the assault as a way to throw suspicion on Holmes as the possible murderer, sidestepping the seriousness of that crime in its own right. This aside, readers will find this to be an involving murder mystery, and a promising start to a planned trilogy. Ages 13–up. Agent: Lana Popovic, Chalberg & Sussman. (Mar.) --Staff (Reviewed December 7, 2015) (Publishers Weekly, vol 262, issue 50, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Watson's and Holmes' descendants try to live up to and with their ancestors' legacies in this debut. Stuck at Sherringford, a Connecticut boarding school, Londoner James Watson craves excitement, action, and romance. He tries to vent his rage on the rugby field during practice and hone his writing skills at night—emulating Dr. Watson but aiming to manage his money better—yet lives in hope of befriending classmate (and predestined companion) Charlotte Holmes. Like Sherlock, genius Charlotte plays violin, dabbles in disguises, conducts forensic experiments, and has a weakness for opiates. When a student turns up dead after harassing Holmes and fighting with Watson, and his death scene is staged like "The Adventure of the Speckled Band," Watson and Holmes become both suspects and detectives…and where there's a mystery, there might be Moriartys. While Watson wants to solve the case, he is equally absorbed in decoding enigmatic Charlotte, who is cunning, cruel, and fragile. Although death, drugs, rape, and betrayal make for a grim tale, slapstick humor and wit enliven the story. These sleuths may still be in school—and working out of a supply closet with smartphones—but Cavallaro's crackling dialogue, well-drawn characters, and complicated relationships make this feel like a seamless and sharp renewal of Doyle's series. An explosive mystery featuring a dynamic duo. (Mystery. 14-18)(Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2015)
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Cavallaro, Brittany
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • 9
  • 12
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Series statement
A Charlotte Holmes novel
Series volume
bk. 1
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  • Holmes, Sherlock
  • Watson, John H.
  • Boarding schools
  • Murder
  • Love-hate relationships
  • Schools
Target audience
adolescent
Label
A study in Charlotte : a Charlotte Holmes novel, Brittany Cavallaro
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text
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Control code
000059599811
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780062398901
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015015669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
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(OCoLC)910983809
Label
A study in Charlotte : a Charlotte Holmes novel, Brittany Cavallaro
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Publication
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000059599811
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
321 pages
Isbn
9780062398901
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015015669
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
(OCoLC)910983809

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