The First Ever Collection of Traditional Sherlock Holmes Stories Specifically Written for Young Adults!
Belanger Books is proud to present a new collection of over twenty traditional Sherlock Holmes stories written specifically for young adults -- including a brand-new MACDOUGALL TWINS adventure!
The story collection is written by professional writers such as David Marcum (The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes stories), Derrick Belanger (Sherlock Holmes: The Sign of Seven), Elizabeth Varadan (Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls), Will Murray (creator of Marvel Comics Squirrel Girl), Rob Nunn (The Criminal Mastermind of Baker Street), Robert Perret (Sherlock Holmes: Before Baker Street), Peter Eckrich, Dick Gillman (Sherlock Holmes, The Collector's Edition), Kieran Judge, and Derek Nason (Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells), as well as a variety of student writers. Plus an introduction by Shannon Carlisle, BSI.
"I am impressed by the high quality of the stories we received. In some cases, readers won't be able to tell who are the student writers and who are the professionals." --Derrick Belanger, editor.
The proceeds from this Kickstarter will be donated to The Beacon Society, a Sherlock Holmes Scion Society which gives grants to teachers, libraries, and Sherlock Holmes organizations to help introduce students to Sherlock Holmes.
Other Kickstarter Rewards
MACDOUGALL TWINS WITH SHERLOCK HOLMES Artwork - You can get an original drawing by artist Brian Belanger from the brand new MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes story written and illustrated exclusively for The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes!
Books available in the Children's and YA Book Reward
Digby, a London street dog, hopes he can find a crumb of food and maybe a warm place to sleep around the next corner. Instead, he finds himself face-to-face with the Great Detective himself, Sherlock Holmes! Digby is thrilled. He decides to prove his worth to Holmes by helping him solve his latest case. However, Digby discovers that detectives have to follow certain rules. No scratching in public. No howling in concert halls. No ruining Mr. Holmes’ shoes. Who knew that solving crimes could be so hard? Can Digby help Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson solve the Adventure of the Red-Headed League, and finally find a home --- at 221B Baker Street? “What a delightful, delectable cream bun of a book, perfect for budding Sherlock Holmes fans and young dog lovers alike. But readers beware: a dog that can steal the heart of Sherlock Holmes can very well steal yours.” - Claudia Mills, author of Cody Harmon, King of Pets "Kids will love this dog's eye view of Victorian London! Brenda Seabrooke truly has a canine soul." - Paula Berinstein, author of Amanda Lester and the Pink Sugar Conspiracy “‘Undaunted and unfazed’, Digby provides a fresh view of detective work with Sherlock Holmes. The story is a fast, delightful read; sure to please younger fans of mystery and imaginative fiction”. - Tracy Johnson, NerdSociety reviewer “This is a fun mystery for young readers with an adorable dog who has a real nose for excitement and clues. The numerous illustrations liven up the pages, while sprinkles of historical information make it a real treat. Teamed up with Sherlock Holmes, Digby is a dog criminals and evildoers need to watch out for.” - Tonja Drecker - prized children's book reviewer at Bookworm for Kids
A desperate King. A vengeful villain. A nation on the brink of war. Sounds like a job for DIGBY - the watchdog of Sherlock Holmes! When one of Holmes's most brilliant enemies returns to threaten a royal wedding, Digby must travel over land and sea to help solve the mystery. Can Digby prevent two nations from going to war? Can Digby cross the ocean without losing his lunch? Will Holmes finally admit that he has a dog? Menacing "hunds", sinister schemes, and an army of hungry vermin -- lucky for Holmes and Watson that Digby is on the case!
Once upon a musical score, Camille Saint-Saëns was stumped. He was composing a piece of music to entertain his friends. An idea twinkled in his mind. A musical fantasy. Animals in a parade. A tune beckoned. Camille inked in some quarter notes. The melody slipped away. I must let this idea bloom, Camille thought. He sat in the stuffed chair by the door and closed his eyes. Music and pictures swirled in his head: A tortoise waltzed. A peacock called. A lion stomped into a forest. Soon Camille was fast asleep. He dreamed of animals in the zoo. He dreamed of animals far away.Once upon a time, he dreamed…
Terror Strikes! During the Christmas season, a young man named Jonas Bogswell brings a most baffling case to Sherlock Holmes and the MacDougall Twins. A dinosaur, a creature that should have been extinct millions of years ago, with razor sharp jaws and a terrifying scream, has been spotted roaming the hills of Surrey. The creature has been preying on sheep in the countryside, or has it? The local police believe Jonas Bogswell is responsible for the death of the sheep, and he needs the help of Sherlock Holmes, the MacDougall Twins, and Toby, their faithful canine friend to prove his innocence. But how can a prehistoric creature be alive in Victorian England? Could the monster have something to do with the local legend of Bald Hill where the Devil was supposedly imprisoned a hundred years before? And is Jonas Bogswell completely innocent, or does he and his family have more knowledge of the dinosaur than they've revealed? Find out as the MacDougall Twins with Sherlock Holmes solve their most extraordinary case and learn the truth behind the curse of the deadly dinosaur!
Dragonella is the only dragon at her new school. Other students - trolls, griffins and ogres - are frightened when she breathes fire. The teacher isn't happy when Dragonella's laughter melts the filing cabinet. But when Dragonella's flames save the day during the class party on Legend Day, the teacher and other students learn they shouldn't be quick to judge someone who is different.
• So you think you know why the sky is BLUE? • What is THUNDER and LIGHTNING...really? • What happens when you wish upon a SHOOTING STAR? • Where did all those craters on the Moon come from? • What’s the real truth about Jupiter’s RED SPOT? • Are Saturn’s rings actually a giant HAT? • Who spilled the MILKY WAY? • Can the HORSEHEAD NEBULA be tamed? • Can you race a COMET...and win? • Ever traveled on the ASTEROID EXPRESS? Come fly with STARMAN STEVE, the bravest, most terrific astronaut Earth has ever seen, and his loyal rocket ship, Gracie, as they travel the universe and learn all its wonderful secrets!
Traditional Sherlock Holmes Books in Rewards
This anthology, with twenty-nine brand new stories spread over three volumes, reveals some sequel investigations stemming from the original Sherlockian Canon. There are stories ranging from Holmes’s early days in Montague Street, through the legendary Baker Street years, and well into his retirement. We meet former clients with new problems, and former adversaries too. Sometimes we find that the published Canonical version of a story was only the beginning, while other tales in this collection reveal what was really going on during the original narratives.
Join us as we return to Baker Street and discover more authentic adventures of Sherlock Holmes, described by the estimable Dr. Watson as “the best and wisest . . . whom I have ever known.”
221b Baker Street! Just the mention of those words is enough to suggest mystery and adventure and heroism. Over many years, this humble London address was the destination of so many people – clients and policemen, the rich and the poor, those needing help and those with a secret. This famed location is known all over the world, for it’s the one most associated with the legendary . . . Sherlock Holmes! But there was a time before Sherlock Holmes moved to Baker Street, before his fame had grown, when he was still learning his craft and struggling to create his unique profession – the first of its kind – Consulting Detective! Join some of the finest Sherlockian writers as they explore those early days Before Baker Street. Read about when Holmes was still a boy, learning from his older brother Mycroft, or later, when he had moved to London, living in Montague Street, just 'round the corner from the British Museum, waiting for the next adventure to begin . . . . The Game is afoot!
"Some really good stories of the Master Sleuth's early career." - The Blue Carbuncle, from 5-star Amazon
“If Samuel Pepys could fill nine years’ worth of journals with tales of arguments with his wife, visits to the theatres, fire and plague, then I am fairly confident I should be able to achieve a similar feat – with the exception of the plague, that is.” Thus begins Mycroft Holmes’s valiant, if irregular, attempt to chronicle his doings. Rediscovered in 1976 and now fully translated from an obscure code, Mycroft’s diaries reveal that a brother’s lot is not always a happy one, especially when that brother happens to be London’s only consulting detective. In this humorous look at the world of Sherlock Holmes through Mycroft’s eyes, between avoiding amorous cleaning ladies and eccentric family members, appeasing hopeless artists and budding novelists, keeping the peace at the Diogenes and minding doting dogs, one question always remains: will Sherlock ever get a proper job? Devon-based journalist and lecturer, S.F. Bennett has written for the Baker Street Journal and the Journal of the Sherlock Holmes Society of London, amongst others.
"S.F. Bennett shares The Secret Diary of Mycroft Holmes with us so that we can learn about both Mycroft and Sherlock. Mycroft's insights about his life and his younger brother are enlightening and entertaining. Mycroft's observations and his proof that Sherlock has found a friend in Dr. Watson will be enjoyable to all devoted fans." - I Hear of Sherlock Everywhere Review
Imagine a Holmes Without his Boswell... or, as is the case with this volume, imagine a Holmes without the voice of Watson. Is there a difference? After all, we have learned about the great detective not through his own voice and eyes, but through that of his loyal companion, his dear friend, his Boswell. What might we be missing? Who else could tell of the great detective’s feats? Find out as today's best Sherlock Holmes authors including Derrick Belanger, Luke Kuhns, Kieran Lyne, David Marcum, Jack McDevitt, Richard Paolinelli, David Ruffle, Geri Schear, Don Smith, Elizabeth Varadan, Daniel Victor, and Marcia Wilson tell stories from the perspectives of: Sherlock Holmes Mrs Hudson Colonel Sebastian Moran Raymond Chandler Inspector Lestrade Winston Churchill Violet Hunter Henry Mencken and many others... Experience Holmes like never before as you go Beyond Watson! Includes a special introductory toast from Mark Levy, BSI
"Beyond Watson is a very interesting anthology or Sherlock Holmes themed short stories. Most Holmes anthologies have interesting tales in them but this one has a very cool twist. None of the stories are told in the voice of Doctor Watson." --Cameron Greatorex, from 5-Star Amazon review.
Sherlock Holmes! The very name of the world’s greatest detective conjures up images of Victorian London, gaslit streets, hansom cabs, and dense fogs. But there was a time, a dark three-year period, when London had to make do without Sherlock Holmes. From 1891 to 1894, he was presumed to be dead, having perished during the epic struggle with that infamous Napoleon of Crime, Professor Moriarty, atop the Reichenbach Falls. But unknown to most, even his friend Dr. Watson, Holmes survived. During those three years, he roamed the world, acting as an agent for the British Government and using his very special skills along the way. In Volume 1 of Holmes Away From Home, the incredible two-volume collection of new traditional Holmes adventures, we find Our Hero crisscrossing the world – Europe, Asia, the Middle East, and the United States. During this period known as The Great Hiatus, Holmes may have been in disguise, but there is no mistaking the person that Watson described as “. . . the best and wisest man whom I have ever known.” The game is afoot!
Given its quality, one might justly consider Holmes Away from Home the last word on these “lost years” of Sherlock Holmes’ career." --Thomas Turley, from 5-Star Amazon review.
London 1901. The city is in the grip of 'Monkey Man Mania'. Intrepid explorer Drake Patterson has caused a media storm following his astonishing discovery of a frozen ancient man in the remote Himalayan mountains. This 'Primal Man' has been triumphantly transported back to England as proof of the 'missing link' in evolutionary theory. The upcoming auction of the specimen causes a stir amongst academics and the board of the British Museum. Whilst many are excited about bidding for this 'yeti', or 'mi-go', there are some with a more sceptical viewpoint. The story of the find just doesn't add up – neither does the fact that no one is prepared to insure the beast. Enter the great detective Sherlock Holmes and his loyal friend Dr Watson. Sherlock is in no doubt about the Primal Man's authenticity and takes great pleasure in enlisting the assistance of his cousin, Professor Ellington Dynamo to prove the case. The fraud investigation takes a dark turn when it becomes one of murder, and Sherlock's powers of deduction and skill are once again put to the test in this exciting adventure. Full of the skulduggery and surprises you would expect from a Sherlock story, and with the fearsome Professor Dynamo and his delightful inventions to boot, The Adventure of the Primal Man will not fail to please.
"I have to say that this was one of the best Sherlock Holmes pastiches that I have read, and I read a lot of them. It was very much in the Conan Doyle style. At times it was amusing. I really enjoyed the respect that Lestrade had for Holmes in this story. Two thumbs up." --Michael Todd, from 5-Star Amazon review.
Winter, 1890. A deep freeze has fallen upon London, and its citizens remain huddled indoors. But the cogs of the criminal underworld never stop turning, and Holmes and Watson find themselves embroiled in a crime that rocks the centre of the art world. Sir Wellington is disturbed in the middle of the night, apprehending a thief attempting to steal his rare and valuable 14th portrait of King Edward III. In the kerfuffle that follows, the painting is set ablaze and the thief escapes. When the police track down the criminal to take him to the station, he is fatally shot by an unknown assailant. But the labyrinth of deceit grows even more impenetrable, as the painting's provenance is called into question and Holmes and Watson find themselves in the midst of a vast conspiracy. It seems that this incident is just one of many at the hands of a powerful crime syndicate, duping the London's wealthy into buying imitation artwork - with the renowned National Portrait Gallery supposedly at the centre... With usurped identities, shootings, chases and conspiracies, Holmes and Watson find themselves enmeshed in a tangled web of theft, forgery and murder. Can the famous duo untangle the mystery and expose the criminal network before it is too late? Or will this case prove too complex for even their brilliant minds?
Praise for The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance: "... Derrick Belanger has once again created his own unique doorway into the world of Holmes and Watson. He makes you feel as if you're in Victorian London, and the story's twists are both surprising and satisfying." - David Marcum, author of The Papers of Sherlock Holmes
"This author truly captures the storytelling virtues with which Doyle imbued Dr. Watson. Belanger's tale pulls you in from the first paragraph, and keeps you at Holmes's side as this marvelous new tale unfolds step-by-step. If you love Holmes, you'll love The Adventure of the Peculiar Provenance." - Kim Krisco, author of Sherlock Holmes: The Golden Years
The World's Greatest Detective in the Realms of the Master of Science Fiction! Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of an invisible man attacking London - matching wits with a traveler from out of time - tracking down a human/feline hybrid - using his deductive skills to help fight Martian and lunar invaders! These are just some of the stories included in Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of H.G. Wells. This one-of-a-kind two volume anthology features traditional Sherlock Holmes stories blended with one or more tales from H.G. Wells.
"I was pleasantly surprised with both books in the series. The stories were well written and entertaining." - M. Sobie, from Amazon 5 star review
Imagine Holmes trying to solve the case of a fire breathing dragon lurking in the skies above London - matching wits with a sentient mechanical man with the power to destroy the world - soaring in the skies with airship pirates - using his deductive skills to help stop Professor Moriarty from attacking alternate Earths! These are just some of the stories included in the new two volume anthology Sherlock Holmes: Adventures in the Realms of Steampunk.
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