Mini Reviews: Sherlock Sam #1 & 2 by A.J. Low

REVIEW

22716447Title: Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong
Author: A.J. Low
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Source: ARC for review from publisher

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An exciting new update of the classic Sherlock Holmes detective stories in which Sherlock is a 10-year-old kid living in Singapore and Watson is his trusty robot companion!

Introducing the Sherlock Sam series by A.J. Low—a fresh, cross-cultural twist on the classic Sherlock Holmes stories, tailored for middle-grade readers. Set in iconic Singapore locations, the series follows the mystery-solving exploits of smart, observant, food-loving 10-year-old Samuel Tan Cher Lock (a.k.a. Sherlock Sam), Watson, his reluctant robot sidekick, and the rest of the Supper Club (a “Scooby Doo gang,” of sorts) as they prove that mysteries are best solved through teamwork.

In Sherlock Sam and the Missing Heirloom in Katong, Auntie Kim Lian’s precious Peranakan cookbook disappears, and Sherlock Sam cannot eat her delicious ayam buah keluak anymore! Will Sherlock Sam be able to use his super detective powers to find this lost treasure?

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My Review:

This was a cute mystery for kids. Sherlock and his robot Watson were really entertaining. I didn’t understand any of the Malay words so I was confused about a lot of things. I realized after I finished the book that there was a glossary at the end with explanations for all of that, along with character descriptions. It would have been nice if those were at the beginning of the book, or at least a note at the beginning to notify readers that they are at the end.

3 feathers

Rating: 3/5

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22716447Title: Sherlock Sam and the Ghostly Moans in Fort Canning
Author: A.J. Low
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Publication date: August 2, 2016
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Source: ARC for review from publisher

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When ghostly sounds fill the air at one of Singapore’s most-loved historical attractions, Sherlock Sam finds himself in the middle of an intriguing mystery. Ghosts don’t exist… or do they? Will this puzzle prove too difficult for Sherlock Sam and Watson to solve?

My Review:

The second book in this series was even more enjoyable than the first, especially now that I know there is a glossary and character bios at the back of each book. These quick middle grade mysteries are super fun and cute. I think kids will really enjoy reading them. This series would be fun to read as a class, so kids can try to pick out clues and make guesses as Sherlock Sam tries to solve the case.

3 feathers

Rating: 3/5

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About the Authors:

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A.J. Low is a husband-and-wife writing team!

Born in the San Joaquin Valley in California to Mexican immigrant parents, Adan Jimenez became an immigrant himself when he moved to Singapore after living in New York for almost a decade. He has worked for comic book stores, book stores, and gaming stores. And a hoagie sandwich shop once. He loves comics, LEGOs, books, games (analog and video), Doctor Who, sandwiches, and his wife, Felicia. Not necessarily in that order, though.

Felicia Low-Jimenez has worked in the book industry most of her adult life. She has bought books, sold books, marketed books, and now she is trying her hand at writing books. She loves to nap and eat chocolate, though not at the same time. She spends most of her free time reading and when she can afford it, she travels, usually to look for beautiful bookstores around the world. Most of all, she loves her husband, Adan (who insisted that she include this).

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I received this bind-up from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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