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The Dragon Turn: The Boy Sherlock Holmes, His Fifth Case Hardcover – October 11, 2011

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Book 5 of 6 in the Boy Sherlock Holmes Series

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“…The Dragon Turn is a wonderful book. I think its target audience will love it for its adventure, mystery and characters, and, as an older reader, I enjoyed it for the way Peacock wrote Sherlock Holmes.”
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“…Peacock’s fifth mystery featuring the boy Sherlock Holmes does not disappoint. Drama, love, and a fine trail of clues lead the reader through another memorable romp into the heart of a Victorian murder mystery. This historical novel is rich in detail, setting, and culture.”
—Highly Recommended, CM Magazine

  “…Shane Peacock delivers another intriguing novel exploring the boy detective…. His Sherlock is a penniless but resourceful young man living with an eccentric apothecary who encourages his curiosity and his powers of observation….”
Winnipeg Free Press

 “With a trail of clues, a cast of shady characters, and even a hint of romance, The Dragon Turn has more twists and turns than a carnival ride and will keep readers guessing until its satisfying conclusion… Peacock is a master storyteller, and his richly imagined details of murder, revenge, betrayal, theatre, magic and exotic dragons combine to create an absolute page-turner of a book.”
—TD Canada Trust Canadian Children's Literary Award Jury Comments

 “Peacock flawlessly recreates the London of the Victorian era… Readers feel as if they are walking along with the young Sherlock Holmes as he begins to awaken to his prodigious skills and fights to figure out how a magician can make a dragon appear… and disappear… Beautifully written with whip-smart dialogue.”
— John Spray Mystery Award, Jury Comments

About the Author

Shane Peacock was born in Thunder Bay, Ontario, and grew up in Kapuskasing. A biographer, journalist, and screenwriter, he is also the author of several novels and plays. He has received many honors for his writing, including the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Eye of the Crow and the Geoffrey Bilson Award for Historical Fiction for Vanishing Girl, both titles in his boy Sherlock Holmes series. Shane Peacock lives with his wife and three children near Cobourg, Ontario
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Product Details

  • Series: The Boy Sherlock Holmes (Book 5)
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Tundra Books (October 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1770492313
  • ISBN-13: 978-1770492318
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 0.8 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #617,770 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Reason for Reading: next in the series.

I always look forward to reading the next installment of The Boy Sherlock Holmes, knowing I'm in for a good mystery, period piece and adventure. The fifth book in the series, The Dragon Turn was no disappointment! Set in the world of Victorian prestidigitation, the reader is planted back stage at the antics of self-important magicians and the violent death of one leaving very few remains other than pieces of flesh, whilst a rival is collared for the offense. But Sherlock is not convinced things are as they seem and with some coercion from Irene he takes on the case to prove the magician is innocent but after he has gained his freedom, Sherlock begins to have second thoughts of his innocence and takes the case on himself seriously when he realizes a woman's life may be in danger.

As usual for this series, the action is non-stop. The pace rushes forward from one reveal to another always keeping the reader on his toes. Guessing "whodunit" may come sooner or later but guessing the full motive and execution of the crime is saved for the last twists. An exciting mystery steeped in a well-researched Victorian time period. Sherlock has grown-up in this volume, fifteen going on sixteen finds him a teen on the verge of manhood and much less impulsive and more discerning in his actions before he leaps. His personal life moves forward in this volume as well, with all his previously established relationships taking on new directions. This is a satisfying book all round for the reader who has been following the series.
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Format: Hardcover
My biggest impression is that this is definitely a stereotypical children's book in every sense of the word. I say this because I have read many of the same kind which have astounded me with its uniqueness and ability to go beyond. However, I feel like this book fell short of that and remains on very safe grounds.

Although the 5th book of a series, this book can be read as a stand-alone. The author makes sure you are kept up to date, more or less, with the facts from previous happenstances. In this book, Sherlock and Irene are trying to determine the innocence of Alistair Hemsworth, a magician. His things were found neatly plopped next to a few bits of flesh and someone's spectacles. Somehow, this was enough to convict him but Sherlock believes there is more to this story.

I see this a lot in boy detective stories and this one is no better: the adults (though mainly the police) are dumbed down in order to make Sherlock seem smarter. They use circumstantial evidence to arrest a man but cries foul when Sherlock uses circumstantial evidence of his own (although less obvious ones). I also feel that if you changed the character names to something more mundane, there would have been no difference to the story. In other words, I can hardly believe that this boy is a young Sherlock Holmes. Aside from two paragraphs about a fear of boredom, I see nothing of the "master detective". There was no snarky comeback at the police's idiocy, no obsession over puzzles, no strange need to describe every detail of how he came to his conclusion, not even a smidget of the power of deduction, and no indication that he is any smarter than an average kid, despite every other character telling me so.
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Format: Hardcover
The Boy Sherlock Holmes's fourth case is told in this Victorian tale. Within the setting of grimy, foggy London we meet Charles Dickens at a reading of his works, and other prominent persons. Young Sherlock is sitting with a girl friend Irene in a music hall watching the star turn, an illusionist, produce a large live dragon in a cage. Ladies scream and faint, but the youngsters are fascinated. Later they go backstage but the police arrest the illusionist for murdering a stage magician.

Sherlock is fifteen and his friend Irene sixteen. They have previously slipped clues to the son of Inspector Lestrade, a trainee policeman. Sherlock lives with an eccentric apothecary and attends university. Intrigued by a grisly murder with no remaining body, Sherlock sneaks to the crime scene in Cremorne pleasure gardens late at night. He meets a ragamuffin on guard and curiosity compels him to keep investigating. Irene has ambitions to sing on the stage, perhaps not realising that young women were commonly taken advantage of in return for parts, and Holmes has to worry that his friend may be rehearsing with a murderer.

The adult Holmes had little time for women in his life, but this boy is not just familiar with girls of various classes but treats them as intelligent observant people, an unusual attitude for the time. We travel streets of old London, but there is not a great deal of description, more atmosphere as a lot of the story takes place at night. To us modern readers, familiar with wildlife programmes, the dragon is no huge mystery, but at the time such giants were unknown.

Shane Peacock enjoys recreating old London and young Holmes, giving us a lively adventure with a few sidelines and ongoing characters. THE DRAGON TURN shows some hardships of growing up poor during times which are ironically known for strict moral codes and family values. I felt it would suit readers from twelve upwards.
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