A Study in Charlotte: Charlotte Holmes, Book 1

Book review by Mary Eisenhart, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 14+

Drugs, rape, murder in tense, edgy Holmes-Watson update.

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 13+

Based on 6 reviews

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age 14+

Great book, better for high school

Fantastic story in the vein of the original Sherlock Holmes, great updates to the classic set-up and inclusion of original stories. But definitely for older grades, as within the first 50 pages were numerous f-bombs and references to modern drug use and a rape. Girls are objectified by male characters quite a bit. Charlotte Holmes and Jamie Watson defy the police and set-up of law, as did their great-great-great grandfathers in the originals, but if your child has read those it won't be surprising. The drug use shouldn't be surprising either, as the original Sherlock was an opium addict. It's a riveting read, though, and a great interpretation of Arthur Conan Doyle's creation. I just wouldn't recommend it for middle grades or below.

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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