The story follows a kid named Griffin who lives his his detective-inventor uncle at 221A Baker Street–an important difference of one letter here. Anyway, there’s a dude named Moriarty, an absent-minded professor, a budding young sleuth, and a time machine. ‘Nuff said, to quote one of my favorite authors.

To be honest, I didn’t expect all that much when I picked the book up (I was mostly just checking it out to see if it would be suitable for a kid I know who’s looking for book suggestions), but I was pleasantly surprised. Admittedly, parts are corny enough to pop, but overall, it was an enjoyable read. The villains and their devious schemes were sufficiently evil, but not too scary for kids.

I guess my biggest problem with it is that there wasn’t much of a mystery, not for a book clearly riding on the shoulders of Sherlock Holmes. But a couple “mini-mysteries” and trivia questions in the back of the book that test your attention go a ways toward making up for that lack.

All in all, I’d recommend The Future Door for pre- and young teens (or their parents on their behalf) who are looking for gentler reads that are tame content-wise without sacrificing excitement and adventure.

In accordance with Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, I am disclosing that I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. My opinions are my own, and I am not required to write a positive review.

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