Saturday, August 13, 2011

There's No Place Like Holmes by Jason Lethcoe

Recommendation: Recommended

Young Griffin Sharpe has been sent to live with his uncle in London for the summer  - an uncle he has never met. While he is very nervous, he is hopeful when he discovers his uncle is a detective. Griffin has a very keen eye for detail and enjoys mystery and adventure, he hopes that his uncle will finally be someone who understands him. As it turns out his uncle is not fond of children at all. His uncle is also a bitter and unkind man who directs much of his bitterness towards his neighbor, another detective, the great Sherlock Holmes.
As the story unfolds, a mystery is thrown right into Griffin’s lap. While working together to solve the mystery Griffin and his uncle learn about relationships and forgiveness.
Positives: It was a fun and exciting story. I enjoyed how the author brought out the importance of patience, forgiveness and mercy in relationships.
Negatives: I w as unsure of the nature of Griffin’s relationship with God. Several times during the story he prayed, however it did not seem that he had an ongoing relationship of dependence on God and His Word.
Talking Points: Griffin’s Uncle Rupert struggled with bitterness. You can see the effects this had on his life. You can teach your children how the sin of bitterness can affect so many areas of their life and steal their joy away. Ephesians 4: 31-32 tells us that we are to put away all bitterness (and wrath, anger, clamor and slander), and we are to be kind and forgiving toward others. Teach your children that these heart attitudes are sinful and that only Jesus can change a bitter heart.
Age Level: Ages 7-10
I received this book free from the publisher through the book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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