The Vanishing Dragon – Robert J. Harris

  The Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries: The Vanishing Dragon – Robert J. Harris, Kelpies, (9781782504832), 2018

Format: Paperback

Rating:  1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: Mystery/ Adventure /Historical fiction

 What did you like about the book? Artie (Arthur Conan Doyle as a teenager) and his friend Ham (Edward Hamilton) are amateur detectives and quite good at it.  When the greatest magician in the world enlists their help to find out who is sabotaging his performances, the boys are more than willing to take on the job. The professor/magician is staging a comeback with the most spectacular feat of his career: a vanishing dragon.  But then the dragon disappears – twice!  This story is well told with very likable and believable characters and a mystery that just doesn’t seem to be able to be solved.

Anything you did not like about the book?  Nothing.

 To whom would you recommend this book? Give this to kids who like mysteries with amateur sleuths and a lot of excitement with a swiftly moving plot.  Those who have enjoyed tales of the Museum Mystery Squad would be a likely audience for the Artie Conan Doyle Mysteries.

 Who should buy this book? Libraries – both public and elementary school

 Where would you shelve it?  Juvenile fiction

 Should we (librarians) put this on the top of our “to read” piles?  No, but a good recommendation for grades 4-6.

 Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Katrina Yurenka, Moderator, Youth Services Book Review

Date of review: 9/10/2018

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