Sunday, April 10, 2011

No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lathcoe

This is children’s book published by Thomas Nelson. Although written more for boys age 10 and above, some girls might like it too. The story is very simple. It’s about a boy named Griffin Sharpe who travels to London at the turn of the century to visit his uncle, Rupert Snodgrass who is an inventor as well as a detective and happens to live next door to the famous detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Needless to say, the book is about the adventure he had in solving a case with his uncle that indirectly involves Sherlock and his nemisis, Moriarity.

There are many lessons that a child can learn from this book. Fist, the story teaches children to love people who are difficult for us to love. Griffin’s uncle certainly did not welcome him with open arms.

It teaches acceptance of people no matter who and what they are. Griffin accepted his uncle and obeyed him even though the rules he initially had for Griffin were very difficult for Griffin to accept.

Another lesson we can take away is not to judge people too hastily – Griffin’s uncle judged him too hastily and did not see him for who he is.

Last but not least, the greatest lesson of all – forgiveness. Uncle Rupert forgave Holmes. Why? Who not you read and find out for yourself :)

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