Trillium Book Awards Author Reading 2015

Featured YA Book: Eye of the Crow

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Featured YA Book: Eye of the Crow

Tundra Books, 2007
ages 10 – 14
264 pages

Last Saturday, Shane Peacock read from Eye of the Crow at Mini Lit, hosted by Bunch, The Drake Hotel, Mabel’s Fables, and Open Book. His reading was wonderful – children climbed on stage to get close to the author and his sinister tale of a young Sherlock Holmes. Eye of the Crow was recently reviewed in Booklist: “...both fascinating and complex.... plenty of readers will like the smart, young detective they find here, and find themselves irresistibly drawn into his thrilling adventures.”

About Eye of the Crow
Sherlock Holmes, just thirteen, is a misfit. His highborn mother is the daughter of an aristocratic family, his father a poor Jew. Their marriage flouts tradition and makes them social pariahs in the London of the 1860s; and their son, Sherlock, bears the burden of their rebellion. Friendless, bullied at school, he belongs nowhere and has only his wits to help him make his way.

But what wits they are! His keen powers of observation are already apparent, though he is still a boy. He loves to amuse himself by constructing histories from the smallest detail for everyone he meets. Partly for fun, he focuses his attention on a sensational murder to see if he can solve it. But his game turns deadly serious when he finds himself the accused — and in London, they hang boys of thirteen.

Shane Peacock has created a boy who bears all the seeds of the character who has mesmerized millions: the relentless eye, the sense of justice, and the complex ego. The boy Sherlock Holmes is a fascinating character who is sure to become a fast favorite with young readers everywhere.