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Tracy Mack is the author of two celebrated novels: BIRDLAND, a Book Sense Top Ten Book, a Sydney Taylor Award .

Tracy Mack is the author of two celebrated novels: BIRDLAND, a Book Sense Top Ten Book, a Sydney Taylor Award Honor Book, and an ALA Best Book for Young Adults; and DRAWING LESSONS, a Booklist Top Ten First Novel and a Teen People NEXT Award Finalist. The Irregulars, along with Wiggins's ferret Shirley, visit the circus and nose around.

Few know Sherlock Holmes was assisted by a band of devoted boys-street urchins who loved to solve mysteries-called the Baker Street Irregulars. In this exciting tale, Wiggins, Ozzie, Simon, and the rest-with the aid of Pilar, a gypsy girl-help Sherlock Holmes solve the case of the deaths of the Amazing Walendas. 3 people like this topic.

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The characters speak in Victorian slang, which really helps the reader get into the setting, but it makes me worry that some readers may get confused. However, there is a glossary provided in the back of the book. Also included are pieces about Victorian slang, the Science of Deduction, and Victorian hats and transportation, which were very fun and interesting to read.

Tracy Mack, Michael Citrin.

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  • Exactly as described. Well pleased.

  • When I was a kid I loved me my Agatha Christie and Rex Stout. Mysteries were my bread and butter. Today, nothing's different. Kids are just as enamored of adult mysteries as they ever were. And perhaps the most popular detective with the kiddies (as much as I would prefer it to be Nero Wolfe or Hercule Poirot) is Sherlock Holmes. Holmes is hot these days. To what may we attribute this Holmes-loving trend? The rise of such children's books as the remarkable "The Case of the Missing Marquess: An Enola Holmes Mystery" by Nancy Springer? The new Sleuth imprint by Penguin? The rise in mystery-minded series books? Or is this a trend begun entirely by publishers with little to no child input? Whatever the case, I hope kids are ready to open up wide and swallow their fair share of Sherlock lore. If they are, Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin's first installment in their new Baker Street Irregular series, "The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas" should be just the starter Holmes-tale they need.

    Ozzie is an orphan. At least, as far as he knows. Though apprenticed to a scrivener by his now dead mother, he's taken up with a band of ragtag street kids known as The Baker Street Irregulars. Employed from time to time by the great Sherlock Holmes the Irregulars consider themselves top notch streetwise mini-detectives in their own right. Led by the irrepressible Wiggins, the crew has welcomed Ozzie into their fold and just in time. Murder is afoot at the local circus and somehow it seems to involve none other than The Prince of Wales. Ozzie, it seems, has an uncanny knack for deduction, but when the investigation hits close to his home he'll find himself deeply immersed in perhaps the greatest crime of the century.

    I was handed this book recently by some co-workers because I'd been reading too many "meaningful" titles and I deserved something fun. Fun it is too. Action packed and mysterious all at once, this is one of those rare books written for kids that don't regularly partake of Eragon-sized tomes. There are plenty of small mysteries left unsolved by the end of the tale as well. I suspect that some kids will be able to make a reasonable prediction of who Ozzie's real father is. The authors also choose to include the standard future-predictin'-gypsy element so popular (not to say, convenient to the plot) in pseudo-fantastical historical fiction. There are some oblique references to Ozzie's parentage that will certainly come into play in the future books in the series, I have little doubt.

    It was clever of Ms. Tracy Mack to attain the aid of her husband Michael Citrin due to his exhaustive Holmes knowledge. The authors are faithful to the original tales, going so far as to allow Holmes to keep pertinent information to himself until the big reveal. They also cover up for the fact that Watson only mentioned the Irregulars in a couple cases because he was jealous of their competence. Poor Watson. He never comes across very well in modern Holmes adaptations. Now for some, the image of Robert Newton's Baker Street Irregular children's books still looms large. As a children's librarian, I can attest that they also get checked out regularly (much to my own surprise). Of course, Mack's newest book is more accessible to younger children than Newton's books ever were. However, they aren't quite as atmospheric or sophisticated. Consider these, instead, more of an introduction to the world of Holmes proper.

    In a discussion of this book with other children's librarians there was a great deal of confusion over the character of the "Zalindas". In the book they are a circus family that come to a tragic end. In real life, there was also a famous tightrope act once known as The Flying Wallendas. Why did Mack and Citrin feel it necessary to change the name? I suspect it may have something to do with the fact that there are Wallendas performing to this very day. Of course, there is no mention of the real Wallendas in the back of the book, which is a pity. It feels as though Mack and Citrin have passed up a chance to teach kids some interesting history for fear of linking their name to the characters in the book. A bit of a wasted opportunity, no? Kudos, though, for the veritable plethora of fabulous information that IS in the back of the book. Here the average reader may find a Cast of Characters (which probably would have made more sense in the front of the book, but oh well), a Slang Glossary, a fabulous series of instructions concerning Cockney Rhyming Slang, a section of deduction from, "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle", a bit on The Art of Disguise, a very useful guide to Victorian Carriages, Coaches, and Carts, and even a preview of the next Baker Street Irregular adventure. Phew! And I haven't even mentioned the historical map on the endpapers that indicates the routes taken by the characters in the book.

    Let me not fail to give credit where credit is due to illustrator Greg Ruth as well. As with fellow graphic novel illustrators like Adam Rex, Ruth has switched his focus from DC and Dark Horse Comics to the world of children's books (including the new Goosebumps graphic series). From time to time his characters come across as a bit too cherub-like in appearance (a[...] look at those chubby wittle cheeks!) but by and large they add to the overall atmosphere and feel of the book. I would have given Holmes a bit more of a beaky nose but that's just me.

    I was personally pleased (perhaps a little too much so) when I was able to translate the book's Cockney Rhyming Slang without consulting the glossary at the back. And I haven't seen a book with as good a secret code as is found in this book since Blue Balliett's, "Chasing Vermeer". All in all, "The Fall of the Amazing Zalindas" will serve to please both Holmes purists and newfound fans. I wouldn't call it particularly complex (check out the aforementioned Springer book, "Enola Holmes" for that) but has a good-natured feel and is bound to be adored by mystery fans everywhere. Well worth the purchase.

  • The Fall of the Amazing Walendas (Sherlock Holmes and the Baker Street Irregulars) is a fun book. Don't let the cover throw you. This is a book for all ages and puts faces on the Baker Street Irregulars whom have been referred to in several of Doyle's stories and many more since then. Sherlock Holmes does play a major role though there isn't much of Dr. Watson and the story is told by an unidentified source. (That source may surprise you and there are clues making this a mystery within a mystery.) The plot is complicated enough to rate an adult novel, however the writing is geared to younger readers and there is a charming section at the end to guide those interested to think and act like the great detective. If you want to introduce a young person to Sherlock Holmes this is the book to do it. There is also a great deal of excellent art in the book. Fortunately authors Tracy Mack and Michael Citrin promise a second in what I hope will be a long running series on the Irrecgulars and maybe eventually show what happedned to the kids once they grew up. And yes, it isn't an boy collection of kids as a girl is added. She makes sure of that.

  • I was always an avid fan, and still am, of Sherlock Holmes to include the Baker Street Irregulars. I obtained "The Fall of the Amazining Zalindas" to consider it for my grandchildren. Quickly read, it is fair at best. Mack and Citrin do not hold well to the style of the Sherlock Holmes series. I also found some content, e.g. children overhearing circus clowns talk about what their intent was with young ladies not something I would want to give my grandchildren. I am sorry that Scholastic Inc. would put their name to the publication. One might say that "kids see and hear all kinds of things today" but I don't have to contribute to it.

    I can but wonder if the at least some of the "5 star" reviews were more from nostalgia than from careful reading of content in consideration of the intended young audience.