Title: Jackaby
Author: William Ritter (Texas Teen Book Festival Author!)
Release Date: 09/01/2014

Reviewed by: Miriam

When I first started reading this book the only thing I could think was: not another Sherlock Holmes book. Although I do like to read Sherlock Holmes, I just wasn’t in the mood for another one. But I was mistaken.

Miss Rook found herself traveling to the States in search of adventure. When she arrives, she finds herself a job with an odd detective she had met the night before. Mr. Jackaby was indeed thought odd and disliked by most of the town, but after joining him at a crime scene, Miss Rook loves the job and enjoys working with him. Although Mr. Jackaby is a mixture of Doctor Who and Sherlock, it was better. My favorite character was one of Mr. Jackaby‘s friends named Hatun. I liked her because she could view the world in three different ways and although they didn’t really make sense, she was always trying to help or save the town from the invisible demons. My least favorite character was the Chief Inspector of the police force because he wouldn’t admit that he needed help to slice the case until most of the murders happened. This book was very exciting and it had a hint of fantasy creatures, just enough to turn the tables a bit. I loved it.


 William Ritter is set to appear

at the Texas Teen Book Festival on October 18th!

Check out the full TTBF14 line up here.


The 2014 Texas Teen Book Festival will take place on Saturday, October 18 8:30am – 5:30pm at St. Edward’s University. The day-long event is totally FREE and open to the public. 29 authors will appear on a series of panels, in special talks and even in a crazy live game show! The BookPeople Teen Press Corps will bring you live coverage of the day’s events over on the TTBF website. BookPeople is proud to be the co-founder, official bookseller and program director for the Festival. BookPeople is pleased to work in partnership with the Texas Teen Book Festival, the Texas Book Festival, St. Edward’s University and the Austin Public Library Friends Foundation to bring this totally awesome, totally free event to Austin’s readers.

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