Eye of the Crow – The Boy Sherlock Holmes

Author:  Shane Peacock      Copyright Date:    2007
Holy Crow
Have you ever wondered how Sherlock Holmes grew to be the man he was?  Wonder no longer, Shane Peacock weaves the tale.  With an intricate and involved plot and compelling characters, the Eye of the Crow takes you back in time to 19th Century England and the life of the working poor.  Mixed up in events beyond his control the boy Sherlock strives to untie the bonds of poverty and injustice in his life.  Peacock’s novel explores themes of poverty, violence and racism.  This novel makes substantial demands of the reader.   It is a well-woven story well worth the time and effort to read.

This book would be suitable for:    ✓ Lit Circles  ✓  Kit   ✓ Materials Read-Aloud (Gr.) 5+

Snow Willow 2009

Other review

Rating: #1(Highly Recommended) ✓    #2        #3         #4 (not acceptable)

Interest Level:  Grade  6-9        Reading Level:  7+
Curriculum Area: Language Arts
Theme(s) Topic(s): Mystery, justice, bigotry, intolerance, historical fiction

Teaching Comprehension Strategies
Looking for details, making predictions, inferencing
Possible Read Alouds
p.27-29 nature of racism and discrimination
74-77 making the key from porridge (predictions)


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