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Caroline Lawrence, July 2012 Guest Editor:
"When my brother and sister and I were 9, 10 and 11 – far too old to be read to, according to all accepted convention – my mother introduced us to Sherlock Holmes, and not just before bed. I’ll never forget one blistering summer afternoon in Bakersfield, California. We were sitting in the dim, cool garage as our mother read the Hound of the Baskervilles. Gradually kids from all over the neighborhood appeared and soon she had a captivated audience of kids in shorts and sneakers. As the asphalt bubbled outside, we were transported to the foggy moors of Devon where we shivered as we saw the footprints of a gigantic hound!"
Also chosen by February 2010 Guest Editor Tim Bowler:
"Another stunning thriller. I read this when I was twelve and it was my first Sherlock Holmes story. I've been a massive fan ever since. It's not just the double act of Holmes and Watson that makes these stories so compelling. It's the way Conan Doyle conveys evil. For all the quirkiness of the plots, the Holmes stories carry a relentless sense of menace; and nowhere is this greater than in The Hound of the Baskervilles with its dark mystery, its sinister characters and the bleak Dartmoor location, said to be haunted by a demonic hound."
The LoveReading Comment:
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic tale featuring the famous detective Sherlock Holmes and his erstwhile side-kick Dr Watson is an unforgettable and haunting tale that will have the reader on the edge of their seat until the discovery of the truth about the family curse. The mysterious hound that terrorises the Grimpen Mire is a truly terrifying creature. Holmes and Watson unravel the story that surrounds the death of Sir Charles Baskerville against the wild atmosphere of the Devon countryside.
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Oxford Children’s Books has produced some absolutely delightful new editions of some enduring and unforgettable classics, including Hound of the Baskervilles, Little Women, The Jungle Book, Anne of Green Gables, Treasure Island and Ballet Shoes. The texts are complete and unabridged and each of them is beautifully designed in a small format hardback edition. They’re books to treasure and return to again and again.
|Publication date:||2nd August 2007|
|Author:||Sir Arthur Conan Doyle|
|Publisher:||Oxford University Press|
|Suitable for:||11+ readers|
|Genres:||Classic Fiction, Crime / Mystery|
Arthur Conan Doyle was born to a family of Roman Catholics in Edinburgh, in 1859. His father, Charles, was a civil servant who suffered from epilepsy and alcoholism. He was educated in Jesuit schools and eventually lost his faith in Catholicism in favor of his Jesuit training. He would later use his friends and teachers from Stonyhurst College as inspiration for characters in his Holmes stories.More About Sir Arthur Conan Doyle