The Beast of Blackslope

The Beast of Blackslope

By Tracy Barrett

Henry Holt & Company, Hardcover, 9780805083415, 174pp.

Publication Date: May 12, 2009

Description

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?



About the Author
Tracy Barrett is the award-winning author of several books for young readers, including the "Sherlock Files" books, "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 many other honors. She is a professor of Italian language and civilization at Vanderbilt University and lives with her family in Nashville, Tennessee.


Praise For The Beast of Blackslope

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