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The Beast of Blackslope

The Sherlock Files Sherlock Files

Tracy Barrett

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Xena and Xander have been looking forward to their vacation in the peaceful country village of Blackslope. But when a huge monster begins to terrorize the town, the young detectives are faced with a mystery that seems impossible to solve.

Sherlock Holmes, Xena and Xander’s famous ancestor, investigated the case of a horrible beast in Blackslope, but that was nearly a hundred years ago. It couldn’t be the same creature after all this time—could it?

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Beast of Blackslope
CHAPTER 1Owoo-oo-ooo! The sound drifted through the air to the park where Xena and Xander Holmes were lying on their stomachs in the grass."What was that?" Xena sat up and pushed back her long dark hair. The eerie wailing sound had come from way off in the distance. It interrupted the Game she and Xander were playing and made her skin prickle.Xander stared toward the woods. "Um, a siren?" He didn't really believe it though. That had been a weird noise. It gave him goose bumps."I guess." Xena wasn't convinced either. "A wolf, maybe? Do they have wolves here in England?" She
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Praise for The Beast of Blackslope:

“Barrett plunges right into the action from the first sentence, giving fans of classic mysteries exactly what they want: thrills, chills, a plethora of suspects and plenty of red herrings… A fun series continues unabated.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Solid detective work, and a zippy pace make this a nice choice.”—Booklist

“Barrett throws in enough red herrings as well as solid clues to keep ardent fans of the genre turning the pages until the surprise denouement… Fans of Ron Roy’s popular “A to Z Mysteries” series (Random) will delight in graduating to this series.”—School Library Journal

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Tracy Barrett

  • Tracy Barrett is the author of the Sherlock Files books, as well as several other acclaimed books for young people, including King of Ithaka, Cold in Summer and Anne of Byzantium. Her books have been named an ALA Best Book for young adults, a Bank Street best children’s book of the year, and a New York Public Library Book for the Teen Age, among other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Tracy Barrett
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The Sherlock Files

Tracy Barrett

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