The Beast of Blackslope by Tracy Barrett
(Sherlock Files (Hardback))

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Xena and Xander have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery that seems impossible to solve.

Sherlock Holmes, Xena and Xander's famous ancestor, investigated the case of a horrible beast in Blackslope, but that was nearly a hundred years ago. It couldn't be the same creature after all this time—could it?


About Tracy Barrett

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Tracy Barrett is the author of the Sherlock Files books, as well as several other acclaimed books for young people, including King of Ithaka, Cold in Summer and Anne of Byzantium. Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children's book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
Published March 15, 2011 by Henry Holt and Co. (BYR). 177 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Action & Adventure, Children's Books.

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The solution to Holmes’s beast-related mystery is presented as more of an afterthought than anything else, but it’s doubtful any young fans will particularly care.

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