Eye of the Crow

A teenage Sherlock Holmes as he takes on his first case in Shane Peacock's young adult novel.

Shane Peacock

Eye of the Crow is the first book in the popular Boy Sherlock Holmes series. Sherlock is 13 years old and he doesn't fit in. Sherlock has no friends, but he has his wits. And when he decides to distract himself by solving a murder, he pushes himself to the limit — and winds up in more danger than he ever imagined. A fun twist on a beloved literary character.

Eye of the Crow is for readers ages 9 and up.

From the book

As the sun climbs, its rays spread light through the lifting yellow fog, filtering down upon a brown, flowing mass of people: on top hats and bonnets, heavy clothes and boots swarming on bridges and along cobblestone streets. Hooves strike the pavement, clip-clopping over the rumbling iron wheels, the drone of the crowds, and hawkers' cries. The smell of horses, of refuse, of coal and gas, hangs in the air. Nearly everyone has somewhere to go on this late spring morning in the year of our Lord 1867.

Among those moving over the dirty river from the south, is a tall, thin youth with skin the pallor of the pale margins in The Times of London. He is 13 years old and should be in school. From a distance he appears elegant in his black frock coat and necktie with waistcoat and polished boots. Up close, he looks frayed. He seems sad, but his gray eyes are alert.

His name is Sherlock Holmes.

From Eye of the Crow by Shane Peacock ©2007. Published by Tundra Books.