Happy birthday, Junior Sherlockian Society!

August 9, 2018

Today, the 221st day of the year, the Junior Sherlockian Society celebrates its first birthday.  As a program of the Beacon Society, a scion society of the Baker Street Irregulars, the Junior Sherlockian Society invites children and youth to complete Junior Sherlockian Training- an in-depth study of Sherlock Holmes’s character traits, observational skills, capacity for critical thought, and inductive and deductive reasoning.  During the online training, Junior Sherlockians-in-Training complete the 2-2-1-b tasks to explore, experience, and extend their understanding and appreciation of the great detective.  Upon completion of the tasks and submission of “training evidence,” a certificate of completion is granted.  

To support Junior Sherlockians-in-Training, new tasks have been added.  Now children and youth may

  • Be introduced to the ordinary man with an extraordinary story by reading Laura Sook Duncombe’s essay “A Man Who Never Lived Can Never Die.”  
  • Investigate Victorian dining by reviewing foods enjoyed by Elizabeth Varadan’s Imogene and the Case of the Missing Pearls characters and then attempt to cook or bake one of the dishes using a recipe from Julia Carlson Rosenblatt and Frederic H. Sonnenschmidt’s cookbook Dining with Sherlock Holmes: A Baker Street Cookbook.
  • Read the newest Baker Street Elementary comics by Joe Fay, Steve Mason, and Rusty Mason.  The comic strip chronicles Sherlock Holmes and John Watson’s Victorian adventures if they had attended the same grade school.

Trainees have been encouraged to read “10 Rules for Writing a Sherlockian Pastiche,” by children’s pastiche writer Derrick Belanger, and then write one of their own.  Now Junior Sherlockians can submit their stories for possible publication.  This spring, Belanger Books is producing the first annual anthology of Sherlock Holmes short stories for student readers.  The anthology will be titled The Irregular Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and will feature stories by student writers as well as professional authors.  Net proceeds from the sale of the anthology will be donated to the Beacon Society.  All entries must be received by February 15th, 2019. Writers included in the anthology will be announced in March.  More information can be found at https://goo.gl/6AtddW or by contacting Belanger Books at belangerbooks@gmail.com.

Please share this announcement with your scion and/or group and encourage children and youth in your area to participate in the training.

Junior Sherlockians-in-Training may begin their training at

juniorsherlockian.com

Please share this announcement with your scion and/or group and encourage children and youth in your area to participate in the training.