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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is a young adult fictional mystery novel. Below, you will find all things helpful to use this book in your homeschool.

Everything About The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

Here, you will find a brief overview of the book and links to where you can read it (some are FREE). We’ve also included our findings online for activities, quizzes, and worksheets related to the book. All of the work has been done for you, and it’s all here! *Occasionally, we will update the resources for this book; so, check back in, or sign up for the MiniMize Newsletter.

The Pictures from The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, blue book cover.

Before we begin, I would like to point out the pictures in this article.

All were taken from the Internet Archive version of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, found here.

The cover, title page, and table of contents for this edition of the book were presumably made by the publisherLondon, Newnes.

The ninety-three black and white illustrations are by Sidney Paget.

I’d like to thank the University of California Libraries and the California Digital Library for making this book and its illustrations available online to the public.

To see all of the pictures found for this book, go here.

Subjects Covered in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle

There are three subjects covered by The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

These subjects are English, Forensic Science, and British Literature.

Many of the detective techniques used by Sherlock Holmes are still in use today.

Reading Level of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is appropriate for Middle Grade and Young Adult readers.

This means that it can be read from approximately 8th grade into adulthood; or at around 13 years of age.

However, be aware that the content includes tobacco use, adultery, and other adult topics. Discuss this with your students.

Placement In the MiniMize Book List

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, is book number 228 in the MiniMize Homeschool book list.

This places it in the High School Level.

The book is the 1st book to be read during Year 10 of school.

Book Content

The adventure follows detective Sherlock Holmes through twelve mysteries.

Holmes, aided by Watson, must figure out the mysteries.

Please be aware that the second chapter, The Cardboard Box, contains descriptions of adultery. You will need to discuss this with your students.

More About The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

If you want information about the book, but don’t have time to read it yourself, here are a few sources.

You can find a summary of each story at GradeSaver, here.

There’s a review of the book from The Book Stop that’s fairly informative, too.

And you can also read a summary on Wikipedia of each chapter in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes. Just click the links provided in this article.

Chapters – The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

This book contains 12 Chapters. The chapter titles, taken from the Gutenberg book (below), are as follows:

I.             Silver Blaze

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, table of contents.

II.            The Adventure of the Cardboard Box

III.           The Yellow Face

IV.          The Stockbroker’s Clerk

V.            The “Gloria Scott”

VI.          The Musgrave Ritual

VII.         The Reigate Squires

VIII.        The Crooked Man

IX.           The Resident Patient

X.            The Greek Interpreter

XI.           The Naval Treaty

XII.         The Final Problem

Activities for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

We found lots of worksheets and activities to use with this book.

There’s definitely more than you could ever need.

Below, you will find some of the quizzes, activities, and movies we came across.


Try this quiz from GoodReads.

Or you can try this one from the same website.

GradeSAver has a Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes Quiz, as well.

And, of course, you can use the Study Guide and Quiz at Study.com.

Games and Activities

Here are two good resources for some fun activities your student can do while reading The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Both are game ideas offered by the Sherlock Holmes Exhibition.

The first is called Spot a Liar.

Next is a game called If the Shoe Fits.

Movies and a Random Documentary

If you’d like to watch a movie based on the book when you’re done reading, here’s a list of choices available.

Most of these are from a T.V. Series, except one which is a Short Film of The Rigate Squire. It’s very creative.

Also, I could not find a video for The Yellow Face, The Stockbroker’s Clerk, or The “Gloria Scott.”

Silver Blaze – uploaded by Your Daily Brew

The CardBoard Box – uploaded by Vadim Anokhin

Musgrave Ritual – uploaded by Naruto Shippuden

The Reigate Squires – uploaded by Alex Anderson

Crooked Man – uploaded by Drew Kosser

Resident Patient – uploaded by Drew Kosser

The Greek Interpreter – uploaded by Drew Kosser

Naval Treaty – uploaded by Ser Severus

If you get really involved in all things Holmes, you can also watch Sherlock Holmes the Great Detective Documentary uploaded by vladtepes3176.

A MiniMize Worksheet

The MiniMize Life is also creating a fill in the blank worksheet for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

This worksheet will contain 2 pages with 12 days of activities and a total of 12 questions in all.

An Answer Key is also attached at the end of the worksheet.

How the Worksheet Works

This worksheet will guide a student through reading the book and prompt them to complete a simple activity.

The student will begin each day by reading the day’s first question and the corresponding chapter.

Next, they will find the sentence in the chapter and fill in the missing words.

Student Instructions

Instructions on the MiniMize Worksheet for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle, state the following.

Number 1, below, is a sentence from Chapter 1, number 2 from Chapter 2, etc. Read the entire chapter, then find the sentence, below, in the Chapter. In the blanks, write the missing words.

Where Can I Get the MiniMize Worksheet?

The MiniMize Worksheet described above is currently in production.

The Worksheet has been developed and is awaiting editing and copyright processes.

When these have been completed, The MiniMize Life will release the worksheet and make it available here.

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Read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle 

If you just can’t wait to read The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, The MiniMize Life has found it in multiple formats for you!

Below, you will find links to e-books, audiobooks, and other formats for free and for purchase.

Free E-Books

We all LOVE free stuff!

Below, are the MiniMize recommended e-books for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle. While free doesn’t always mean better, we wanted to make sure that you can homeschool regardless of your financial situation.

Each section explains a little about the version and gives you a link to the FREE BOOK.


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle illustration, " The Death of Sherlock Holmes."

You must know, Gutenberg.org is all about free, open source, and public domain.

This version of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes works perfectly for many eReaders and devices.

The FREE e-book from gutenberg.org can be found here.

A word of caution: the audio readings offered by Gutenberg sound a bit robotic. And that’s by design, to allow as many people to read the book with their specific operating system.

*This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever.  You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org.

Internet Archive

The most beautiful collection of e-Books, Internet Archive, specializes in scanned versions of actual books.

You can read a FREE scanned copy of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes at Internet Archive, here.

Google Books

If you like to keep your books in a Google Play account, then Google Books is for you.

You can find the FREE e-book on Google Books, here.

Audio Books

Want an audio version of the book?

They’re especially helpful on long car rides!

Check out the following sources.


If you prefer to listen to books, LibriVox offers a FREE version of The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

Get it, here.

Be aware, however, that LibriVox relies on volunteers to record their audiobooks.

The recordings are not usually narrated by professionals, and many books have more than one narrator.

They are real voices, though; so that’s a plus!


Go to YouTube to find another great FREE resource for The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

This is not an actual “video,” and only shows a still depiction of the book.

It is, however, a useful way to hear the audio of the LibriVox recording, above.

The FREE audio/video version from LibriVox Audiobooks is available, here.

Audible, by Amazon

For those who like the Amazon Audible books, you can also get The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.

While Audible books are not usually free, they are affordable and are typically of better quality.

Get the Audible version of the book, right here.

Bound and Kindle Books

Sometimes, you just want to touch and smell a real book, right?

That’s what Amazon’s for!

If printing and binding the book yourself from one of the choices above doesn’t sound appealing, here’s the alternative.

If you prefer to buy The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes already bound and printed, you can purchase a copy on Amazon, here.


Kindle is always better when it comes to eBooks. It’s just easier to point, click, and read!

If you’re like me, and you want it on Kindle, try this one.

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, by Arthur Conan Doyle 

That’s everything so far.

Remember, though, we will be updating this information from time to time.

Is there anything you think might be helpful to anyone or their homeschool in relation to The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes? Let us know in the comments below!

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