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Adele in Sand Land by Claude Ponti
American Street by Ibi Zoboi
Be Prepared by Vera Brosgol
Black Ice by Andy Lane
The Improbable Theory of Ana and Zak by Brian Katcher
The Lost Books: The Scroll of Kings by Sarah Prineas
Monster Trouble! by Lane Fredrickson and Michael Robertson
Murder Past Due by D.R. Meredith
Orion and the Dark by Emma Yarlett
Oscar Lives Next Door by Bonnie Farmer
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Secret Coders by Gene Luen Yang and Mike Holmes
Slug Days by Sara Leach
Tenements, Towers & Trash by Julia Wertz
That Book Woman by Heather Henson

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It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 06, 2018)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (August 13, 2018)
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Black Ice: 08/08/18

Black Ice

Black Ice by Andy Lane is the third of the Young Sherlock Holmes series. Like the second book, Sherlock is once again traveling, though this time with Mycroft and his tutor. They're off to Moscow for matters of state.

In this adventure Sherlock learns how to disguise himself and how to use street urchins to his advantage. He also makes a dogs breakfast of a bunch of things and is betrayed.

I'm once again struck with the opinion that Sherlock stories are often at their worst when Sherlock leaves his personal bubble of expertise, namely the British isles. And frankly the farther afield he goes from London and it's surrounding areas, the worse of a detective, or in this case, junior detective, he is.

One particular place that never works as a Sherlock Holmes setting is Russia. Yet there are numerous attempts to take a cold war type set up, back date it to the late Victorian / or Edwardian times and swap James Bond for Sherlock Holmes. IT DOES NOT WORK. Making the story a training session to show how Sherlock got all his bad-ass skills makes even less sense.

Three stars

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