Discussion Guide: Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche by Nancy Springer

Nancy Springer's nationally bestselling series and breakout Netflix sensation returns to beguile readers young and old in Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche—see below for a helpful set of discussion questions perfect for you and your next bookclub!

Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche

Reading Group Discussion Guide

  1. Sherlock Holmes first appeared well over a century ago. What other fictional characters have had such enduring appeal? How and why has Sherlock Holmes achieved such quasi-historical stature?
  2. Enola’s name backwards spells “alone.” How is she “alone” compared to other women of her time?
  3. What feelings did this book evoke for you?
  4. Share a favorite line from the book. Why did it stand out?
  5. In what ways does this novel seem realistic and in what ways does it feel like fiction?
  6. Do the social and economic hurdles faced by the women in this book and this era feel relevant to women of today?
  7. Enola Holmes takes place in Victorian England. How well do you think the author built the world of this book?
  8. There have been books and TV series focusing on characters—new and old—that are related to, but not about, Sherlock Holmes: the Mary Russell novels by Laurie R. King, The Irregulars and The Baker Street Boys TV series, and the Enola Holmes books. Why do you think this is, and how does Enola Holmes and the Black Barouche compare with other books (by other authors) in the Sherlock Holmes canon?
  9. If you had a chance to ask Enola Holmes a question, what would it be?

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  1. happy wheels 24

    How is she alone compared to other women of her time?

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