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By Nancy Springer. Upload Sign In Join. Create a List. Download to App. Length: pages 2 hours. Start your free 30 days. Page 1 of 1. Being the very young sister of Sherlock and Myford Holmes is not the greatest thing in life.
When your mother disappears it becomes even worse! On the eve of Enola's 14th birthday, her mother disappears from their estate.
No one knows why or where. In an effort to find out where her mother has gone, Enola wires her brothers to come help search. Mycroft finds out that the money he has been sending to manage the estate is missing along with his sister.
Finding she has had no formal education, Mycroft then decides that Enola is to be sent to a private finishing school. Enola has no intention of learning to wear bustles and learn the finer points of being a lady. Her mother left her a hidden message written in the language of flowers and cyphers, along with money secreted in spots in the library. Enola decides to take off on her own to find her mother. Hiding the money she found in her clothes bustle, padding and other accoutrements , along with a few other things, Enola takes off for London.
She disguises herself as a widow in morning so as not to give her age away and to make it harder for her brothers to find her. The adventures start from the get go. She picks up a case of looking for a missing Marquess. She also meets Inspector Lestrade, be he is not aware of who she really is. She manages to be kidnapped and meets up with the missing Marquess. The docks of London, the rough and seedy sections are just a few of the areas the characters find themselves in.
A quick read, but a fun read. A brash, clever heroine who uses Victorian rules and mores regarding women to her own advantage.
The book will appeal to both boys and girls, and there are clever mysteries and ciphers throughout the whole novel that readers will have a fun time solving. Promising beginning to a wonderful series that is well-researched and fun.
I really liked this book. The narrator is Enola Holmes, Sherlock and Mycroft's little by many years sister. She is spritely and spirited, independent and intuitive. At no point does the book slip into maudlin or ridiculous territory - despite the unusual premise, it's really quite believable. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series - my library has at least the next two, and I'm going to pick them up tonight. Enola Holmes is dismayed to find on her 14th birthday that her mother has disappeared without a trace.
Although she hasn't seen her much-older brothers in years, nevertheless she summons them to the family home. When there is still no sign of their mother, Enola's eldest brother arranges for her to go to a boarding school. Enola is determined not to go, and sets out on her own to find their mother. Along the way she becomes involved in the hunt for the missing Viscount Tewksbury, Marquess of Basilwether.
Enola Holmes is an entertaining companion. She's an observant and intelligent child and, since she thinks like both a child and a female, she's able to elude even her celebrated detective brother. She's a lot like Flavia de Luce, and Flavia's fans might enjoy getting to know Enola while waiting for the next Flavia de Luce adventure. Enola Holmes, sister of Mycroft and Sherlock, is a free spirit. When her also free-spirited mother disappears, Enola balks at her brothers' plans to civilize her and plots an escape to London.
Overall, I enjoyed this book and I think many young girls would too. It seems more like a Tween book to me and I would not hesitate to recommend it for the 11 - 13 set.
I really had to suspend belief on this one to accept that a 14 year old girl could manage what Enola does, but I guess that is part of the fun. I am interested to see how she fairs in the next book. This is the first of what looks to be a charming series about the 14 year old sister of Sherlock Holmes.
It really had the feel of a Sherlock Holmes mystery - very Victorian - you could almost see the gaslight lamps.
Enola is a young, female version of her much older brother, although no one recognizes that. In fact, Sherlock keeps mentioning to Mycroft that she has a small cranium and they shouldn't expect too much out of her. But Enola just quietly strikes out on her own and proves to be very intelligent and resourceful.
A fun, quick read, but probably not for reluctant readers because the reading level is 6. Not my thing, but certainly well written and very true to period, which I appreciate because it shows how much the writer cares about the reader in trying to make the world real for them.
It hasn't escaped the notice of Enola Holmes that her first name spelled backwards is "Alone. When her mother disappears, Enola sends for Sherlock and Mycroft, hoping that they will be able to solve the mystery of their mother's disappearance. Sherlock soon returns to London, promising to work on locating their mother, but not giving Enola much hope. Mycroft, bemoaning the condition of the estate and Enola's breeding and education or lack thereof , determines to send Enola off to boarding school -- whereupon Enola runs away and sets out on her own to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance.
On the way to London, Enola stumbles upon another mysterious disappearance, and she just can't help but get involved.
Perhaps a talent for detection runs in the family. While I am not as much of a Sherlock Holmes aficionado as some I could mention, I did think this book was fairly well done. I liked the way Enola chose methods of escape and disguise that she felt Sherlock would not expect, and used the trimmings and trappings of a "proper young lady" to her advantage.
The author obviously did her homework on the period, but she incorporated period details into the story seamlessly, without info-dumping. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the fabulous Katherine Kellgren. I first discovered her work by listening to the Bloody Jack series, which I have mentioned before on this year's threads. Kellgren does a great job of differentiating her characters, and really has a feel for light historical fiction such as this.
I'll certainly be listening to more books in this series in the future. Personal Response: As a big fan of the classic Sherlock Holmes stories I was looking forward to reading this series when I heard about it. I enjoyed the well-thought out addition of the character of Enola to the Holmes mythos. I especially liked the cryptic messages that were left by her mother. This series is a good example of the intuitive process and would be a great way to show kids how they can go about brainstorming answers to their own mysteriesLate elementary through middle schoolcurricular connections:excellent descriptions of 19th century London elements.
Could be read in connection with Sherlock Holmes stories. I confess. I love Sherlock Holmes. I grew up reading the Conan Doyle stories, and as an adult reader, I have found great enjoyment Even so, I almost always pick up any new book that has Sherlock as a character. The story opens with Enola pondering the backwards meaning of her name -- alone -- as she waits for her mother to return to their home. Mum never shows up, and Enola is at first angry because it is, after all, her birthday; but then when Mum is still missing the following day, Enola becomes frightened.
After a fruitless search of the rain-soaked grounds, Enola reluctantly sends to London for her two much older brothers Sherlock and Mycroft. Once they arrive, Enola slowly learns more about the rift between her mother and brothers, and gradually loses hope that the men will find her mother.
Enola also learns more about her mother, and even more about the way women are expected to behave in polite society. She rebels against Mycroft's attempts to "civilize" her, and ditches the whole family while she in enroute to boarding school. In usual Holmesian fashion, Enola then gets caught up in the disappearance of the wealthy son of a Duke. Her adventures are plenty fun and well worthy of the Holmes moniker. I was particularly struck by the cleverness of the female characters here, and Enola herself says at the end that she has discovered a whole world of feminine secrets that her brother Sherlock, no matter how brilliant his mind, will never penetrate.
She uses those secrets to communicate with her mother, who, like Enola, freed herself from the confines of polite society and has chosen to spend the rest of her days roaming the countryside with Gypsies, "blooming in the sun.
It's a short book, and is intended for a younger audience, say 12 and up. Holmes fans will definitely want to become acquainted with this newest member of the family. When her mother disappears on her 14 th birthday, Enola Holmes faces drastic upheaval in her year-old life. Her stuffy and proper much older brother decides to put her into restricting corsets and a boarding school that will turn her into a young lady.
But Enola, finding a book of ciphers her mother has left her, refuses that course, and takes off to find her mother. She prefers to follow in the footsteps of her famous other brother, Sherlock, and attempt to solve the mystery of her mother's disappearance, even in the face of her brother's failure to crack the case.
On the way, she not only outwits her brothers, but gets involved in solving another mystery — that of a missing young boy, the Marquess of Basilwether. Clearly the first of a series, this new mystery will surely make fans of young readers.
Enola Holmes is the much younger sister of the famous Sherlock Holmes. She wakes up one morning to find that her mother has disappeared and as she searches for his missing mother she finds herself in the middle of the kidnapping of a young marquess.
This is a fun, light read with an enjoyable story. My main problem with the book was the main character who was just not believable for me.
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