Young Sherlock Holmes – coming soon

In the beginning there was Arthur Conan Doyle and his original detective and the many reprints that followed.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle

If you have read this blog before you will know that I have been involved in presenting the crime fiction genre to our year 8 students. Sherlock Holmes is one of the major authors I talk about when we are looking at the history and development of the crime novel.

The popularity of the Sherlock Holmes stories continues still. There are other authors who are also fans and have tried their hand at writing stories that involve this great literary character. Some of the stories, by other authors, involving Sherlock Holmes include  Caleb Carr and Laurie R. King and her Mary Russell Holmes stories.


There have also been many screen adaptations, including Young Sherlock Holmes. This was followed by Anthony Read’s  Baker Street Boys(books that our boys have started to enjoy  and a tv series that we haven’t seen) and Enola (Enola Holmes being the younger sister of Sherlock Holmes and Mycroft Holmes and the protagonist of a series by Nancy Springer).

Guardian article reports that the publisher Macmillan has revealed they will release a series of adventures about a young Sherlock Holmes The tales of teenage detective hope to imitate success of Charlie Higson’s bestselling Young Bond series. These books have been very popular with our students, along with other young spies series, examples of some are the  Alex Rider series(Stormbreaker), Cherub series, The Boy Soldier series (McNab) and Alpha Force series (Ryan)

The estate of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle has authorised a series of books detailing the life of the teenage Sherlock Holmes, which will see the budding detective falling in love for the first time, learning the deductive skills that serve him so well in his adult life, and making the acquaintance of a certain Dr Watson.


Starting at age 14 and tracing Holmes’s life at school and then at university, the books will be written by author Andrew Lane – a self-confessed “super-fan” who has a collection of over 100 Holmes-related books – kicking off with a case referenced but never explained by Conan Doyle, The Colossal Schemes of Baron Maupertius. This will see Holmes, who is sent to stay with relatives in Surrey after his soldier father is unexpectedly posted to India, uncovering a series of murders.

The series, to be published by Macmillan Children’s Booksfrom spring 2010, will end with Holmes meeting Watson in the laboratories at St Barts Hospital in London.

So they have decided, if it’s good enough (successful) for Young Bond then why not Sherlock Holmes?

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