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A Study in Charlotte by
Publication Date: 2017-01-03
The first book in a witty, suspenseful new series about a brilliant new crime-solving duo: the teen descendants of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson. This clever page-turner will appeal to fans of Maureen Johnson and Ally Carter. Jamie Watson has always been intrigued by Charlotte Holmes; after all, their great-great-great-grandfathers are one of the most infamous pairs in history. But the Holmes family has always been odd, and Charlotte is no exception. She's inherited Sherlock's volatility and some of his vices--and when Jamie and Charlotte end up at the same Connecticut boarding school, Charlotte makes it clear she's not looking for friends. But when a student they both have a history with dies under suspicious circumstances, ripped straight from the most terrifying of the Sherlock Holmes stories, Jamie can no longer afford to keep his distance. Danger is mounting and nowhere is safe--and the only people they can trust are each other.
- A review of A Study in Charlotte on the website TeenReads states that although this book was extremely compelling overall, it did have some weak spots. Do you agree with this review? What do you think were the book's strengths/weaknesses?
- What do you think of stories that take characters from other tales and put them in new situations? Do you think this is interesting, or do you think people should make up their own characters?
- Would you classify the characters as misfits/underdogs? Explain your thoughts.
- Have you ever read any Sherlock Holmes mysteries? What did you think about them? Does this modern take inspire you to read any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works?
Themes to Explore
- Loneliness/Belonging--Need for connection
- What other themes do you see in this novel?
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