Reviews for 100-year-old Secret : The Sherlock Files #1

AudioFile Reviews 2008 December/January 2009
Xena and Xander Holmes, descendants of legendary detective Sherlock Holmes, discover they share a hobby with their ancestor. They love to solve mysteries. Armed with Sherlock's unsolved casebook, they unravel the location of a missing painting. David Pittu will win kids over to this new mystery series. He switches accents with proficiency--from the American of the Holmes kids to the British of the many characters "across the Pond." In confident tones he also shares tidbits on American cultural differences from our English "cousins." Pittu never rushes. Instead he sets an appropriate pace for young listeners trying to solve the case right along with Xena and Xander. Thanks to Pittu and a compelling story, THE 100-YEAR-OLD SECRET won't be a secret for long. C.A. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine

School Library Journal Reviews 2008 October

Gr 4-7-- Shortly after 12-year-old Xena and her younger brother Xander move with their parents to London from Florida, they discover that they are the direct descendents of Sherlock Holmes and they receive his notebook of unsolved cases in this first title (Holt, 2008) in the series by Tracy Barrett. The youngsters are determined to try to solve a case, and settle on one involving a long-missing portrait by the artist Nigel Batheson. There is an exhibit of his work scheduled to open at a local museum, so the children feel a connection to the case. Following one clue after another, as well as some miscues, the siblings use their particular talents of exceptional memory and observation to find a solution. Likeable characters, an intriguing premise, and references to original Sherlock Holmes stories combine for a fun telling. David Pittu does a laudable job reading the tale and has an excellent sense of timing. He gives each character a unique voice and brings the various personalities to life. An enjoyable beginning to a new series.--Deanna Romriell, Salt Lake City Public Library, UT

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