Can you imagine Sherlock Holmes, that brilliant, eccentric, violin-playing, monograph-writing and occasional cokehead -- as a kid?
Author Shane Peacock can, and the proof is his award-winning Boy Sherlock Holmes series, aimed at readers aged 10 and up.
The fifth book in the series is called The Dragon Turn and it's among the nominees for this year's TD Children's Literature Award.
Different CBC regions across Canada are celebrating the various nominees, so after author Shane Peacock wowed classes of kids at this year's ThinAir Writer's Festival, CBC Winnipeg and their TD Kids Book Club got behind The Dragon Turn.
Now that a whole bunch of kids are reading his latest book, SCENE asked Shane Peacock what's on his reading pile.
"Fingersmith" by Sarah Waters (Virago)
I have just started a very adult novel, by Sarah Waters
, called Fingersmith
. It's set in Victorian England and the protagonist is a female criminal. It is very well done, with great Victorian atmosphere and language. It was a nominee for the Man Booker Prize and the Orange Prize.
I'm always reading more than one thing, and I have just finished reading all the other books in The Seven Series
that I am part of - seven interconnected novels by seven Canadian authors published on the same day, just a few weeks from now, actually.
It deals with a grandfather's bucket list of seven amazing adventures, which his seven grandsons attempt to complete after his death.
I also love biographies and the latest for me was a 900 page biography of Vincent Van Gogh, a groundbreaking work that I really got into!Hear Shane Peacock on the Weekend Morning Show with Ismaila Alfa on Saturday October 6. Also, you can listen to the TD Kids Book Club featuring grade 4 - 6 kids in conversation with Shane about his book The Dragon Turn, on Sunday October 7. And find out how you can win books nominated for the TD Children's Literature Award.