I So Don't Do Famous [NOOK Book]

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Having a boyfriend in eighth grade makes me kind of a celebrity at school. I'm also known throughout the spirit world--I've helped my ghost mom solve some tough cases. And now I'm on my biggest one of all . . .  in Hollywood!
Everyone is so famous here. But there's no time for stargazing. Somehow I managed to stumble upon a mystery right on Hollywood Boulevard. Homes of young celebs are being burglarized, and it's up to me to figure out who's behind the million dollar ...
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Overview

Having a boyfriend in eighth grade makes me kind of a celebrity at school. I'm also known throughout the spirit world--I've helped my ghost mom solve some tough cases. And now I'm on my biggest one of all . . .  in Hollywood!
Everyone is so famous here. But there's no time for stargazing. Somehow I managed to stumble upon a mystery right on Hollywood Boulevard. Homes of young celebs are being burglarized, and it's up to me to figure out who's behind the million dollar crimes--and prove it to the Beverly Hills police. And to complicate things? The ghost of a teen star is dying to help me. One thing you never hear in the land of glitz & glamour? I so don't do famous.

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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—Sherlock Holmes Baldwin ("Sherry") is back for another mystery in this fourth installment in the series, and this time she's in Hollywood with her father and her friend Junie, having won an all-expenses paid trip for writing an essay on true love. Also along for the ride is Sherry's deceased mother, whose ghost only Sherry can speak to and who helps solve her daughter's cases. This time, Dear Elle, Hollywood Girl magazine's famed love advice columnist, has had her purse stolen, and the 13-year-old is determined to find the culprits. With the help of Junie, the Beverly Hills police, and some deus ex machina, Sherry is able to nab the thieves while taking in the Hollywood tourist sites, getting closer to her father, healing her broken heart, and meeting a cute new boy (who just happens to live near her in Arizona). The mystery is wrapped up in a neat little package. There isn't much substance here. Sherry and Junie are both flat stereotypes (Sherry is the fashionista; Junie is the brainiac). The contrived plot doesn't move the story in any worthy direction. This book will be popular with fans of the series, but it's an additional purchase at best.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJ
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375899478
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 5/10/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 375,808
  • Age range: 10 years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

BARRIE SUMMY grew up in Canada, about 2,500 miles away from Hollywood. She visited all the places in this book, bought loads of souvenirs, and discovered that she is not very good at recognizing famous people.
Now she lives in California with her husband, their four children, a poodle named Dorothy, two veiled chameleons, and an incubator full of chameleon eggs.

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Chapter One

Girlfriends. The mall. Clothes shopping.

Life doesn't get much better.

The food court is noisy and echoey. A ribbon of sun streams in from the skylight and bounces off the plastic lid of my soda. My elbow brushes against the mountain of shopping bags piled on the plastic seat next to me.

"Who has money left?" Brianna swishes a fry through a puddle of ketchup.

Junie wrinkles her nose to push up her glasses. "Probably only Sherry. She's the best shopper."

"Like twenty dollars," I say. I'm an expert bargain hunter. I have to be, given that I probably get the measliest allowance of any thirteen-year-old in Phoenix. "But I'm really tempted to go back to Trendy's for that red swimsuit cover-up. It's only the end of July, and I could definitely use it around the pool."

"I wish I could wear red." Junie sighs. "But with this hair"--she hooks a few carroty strands behind her ear--"and these freckles"--she points to her face--"my color options are severely limited."

Junie's always been fixated on math and science and earning large quantities of As. She even got the award for the highest GPA last month at our seventh-grade end-of-the-year assembly. Recently, though, she branched out to my world of makeup, clothes and guys. Yay!

"At least you're not stuck with an oblong-shaped face. The next thing I spend money on is a haircut. Up to here." Brianna holds her hands flat at the level of her chin. "Saguaro Middle School counts on the eighth-grade girls to set the standard for fashion and beauty. No way I'm showing up looking like a horse."

"I'm growing my hair out," Junie says. "I'm totally broke."

"Too bad you two don't have a regular summer babysitting job like me." Brianna tilts the fries container in my direction. "I always have money coming in."

I grab a fry and peek at Junie, whose lips turn up in the teeniest smile. Because we've been best friends since beginner swimming lessons years ago, we can pretty much read each other's minds. Yes, we're polar opposites in that she's all studious and grade-oriented, while I'm a social butterfly and middle-school fashionista. But I still know exactly what that little smile means: You may have money, Brianna Barnes, but we have love. And it's true. The bulk of the bags perched next to me are evidence of Brianna's steady income. But no height of shopping bags equals the amount of fun Junie and I are having chilling with Nick and Josh.

Josh Morton. Just thinking that name warms up my insides like a bowl of my stepmother's (aka The Ruler's) spicy lentil soup. Josh and I have been together for a little over four glorious months. He's a water polo player with the cutest chlorine-bleached hair and Lake Havasu blue eyes. He's crazy for music and video games and me. Josh goes to McDowell High School in the fall, which makes me frown because we won't be passing each other on campus anymore. Still, I'll be dating a high school guy!

Junie and Nick are newer to the couples scene. I've always had a bit of a problem with Nick and his nerdiness and sarcasm, but we're getting along better now.

My cell phone rings. A number I don't recognize is on the screen. My index finger hovers over the keypad. My dad and The Ruler limit my phone minutes, and they're super strict about it.

Brianna rolls her eyes. "Just answer it."

"Hello," I say.

"Hi," says a female voice. "I'm looking for Sherlock Holmes Baldwin."

"Speaking."

"This is Dear Elle from Hollywood Girl magazine."

My heart stops. Dear Elle? The love advice columnist who knows anything and everything about relationships? From the magazine I read without fail every month?

"Hello? Are you there?" Dear Elle asks.

My heart is still in jammed mode, but my vocal cords kick into gear. "I am," I say in a raspy, nervous voice.

"Well, Sherlock, I'm calling to say congratulations! Your essay on true love won first place in the Hollywood Girl contest."

Emotion bubbles from the tips of my fuchsia-painted toenails through my legs, swirls around my stomach and my chest, then rushes up my throat to my mouth, where it bursts forth in a big scream.

Both Junie and Brianna jump up from their side of the table and dash to me. "What is it? What's going on?"

My hands flutter and flap in the air. "I won. I won. I won."

"That's right," Dear Elle says. "You won a week in Hollywood for you, your legal guardian and a friend. All paid for by the magazine. Also, there will be a special dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel, honoring you and various magazine employees."

"I won. I won. I won." I can't seem to turn myself off.

"I'll need to go over the details with your legal guardian," Dear Elle says.

I take a deep breath and manage to give her my home phone number. Before disconnecting, Dear Elle compliments me on my essay and my understanding of true love. She explains that the essay and my photo will be in the next issue and posted even sooner on the magazine's website.

"I'm looking forward to meeting you!" she says, clicking off.

Wow.

Wow!

"My essay on true love won first place in the Hollywood Girl contest!" I blurt out to my friends.

Brianna squeals.

"Awesome!" Junie says.

"I can't believe I was just talking to Dear Elle. I just can't believe it." My hands are a flapping blur.

The people at the table next to us pick up their trays and move.

"So, you're like a love expert?" Brianna says. "Tell me something from your essay."

"Like what? It's five hundred words long." I chew on my lip. "How about this?" I clear my throat. " 'Love shows up when you least expect it. Like a pop quiz.' "

"Ooooh, that's heavy," Brianna says.

"Thank you."
 

From the Hardcover edition.

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First Chapter

I So Don't Do Famous


By Barrie Summy

Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2011 Barrie Summy
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780385737906

Chapter One

Girlfriends. The mall. Clothes shopping.

Life doesn't get much better.

The food court is noisy and echoey. A ribbon of sun streams in from the skylight and bounces off the plastic lid of my soda. My elbow brushes against the mountain of shopping bags piled on the plastic seat next to me.

"Who has money left?" Brianna swishes a fry through a puddle of ketchup.

Junie wrinkles her nose to push up her glasses. "Probably only Sherry. She's the best shopper."

"Like twenty dollars," I say. I'm an expert bargain hunter. I have to be, given that I probably get the measliest allowance of any thirteen-year-old in Phoenix. "But I'm really tempted to go back to Trendy's for that red swimsuit cover-up. It's only the end of July, and I could definitely use it around the pool."

"I wish I could wear red." Junie sighs. "But with this hair"--she hooks a few carroty strands behind her ear--"and these freckles"--she points to her face--"my color options are severely limited."

Junie's always been fixated on math and science and earning large quantities of As. She even got the award for the highest GPA last month at our seventh-grade end-of-the-year assembly. Recently, though, she branched out to my world of makeup, clothes and guys. Yay!

"At least you're not stuck with an oblong-shaped face. The next thing I spend money on is a haircut. Up to here." Brianna holds her hands flat at the level of her chin. "Saguaro Middle School counts on the eighth-grade girls to set the standard for fashion and beauty. No way I'm showing up looking like a horse."

"I'm growing my hair out," Junie says. "I'm totally broke."

"Too bad you two don't have a regular summer babysitting job like me." Brianna tilts the fries container in my direction. "I always have money coming in."

I grab a fry and peek at Junie, whose lips turn up in the teeniest smile. Because we've been best friends since beginner swimming lessons years ago, we can pretty much read each other's minds. Yes, we're polar opposites in that she's all studious and grade-oriented, while I'm a social butterfly and middle-school fashionista. But I still know exactly what that little smile means: You may have money, Brianna Barnes, but we have love. And it's true. The bulk of the bags perched next to me are evidence of Brianna's steady income. But no height of shopping bags equals the amount of fun Junie and I are having chilling with Nick and Josh.

Josh Morton. Just thinking that name warms up my insides like a bowl of my stepmother's (aka The Ruler's) spicy lentil soup. Josh and I have been together for a little over four glorious months. He's a water polo player with the cutest chlorine-bleached hair and Lake Havasu blue eyes. He's crazy for music and video games and me. Josh goes to McDowell High School in the fall, which makes me frown because we won't be passing each other on campus anymore. Still, I'll be dating a high school guy!

Junie and Nick are newer to the couples scene. I've always had a bit of a problem with Nick and his nerdiness and sarcasm, but we're getting along better now.

My cell phone rings. A number I don't recognize is on the screen. My index finger hovers over the keypad. My dad and The Ruler limit my phone minutes, and they're super strict about it.

Brianna rolls her eyes. "Just answer it."

"Hello," I say.

"Hi," says a female voice. "I'm looking for Sherlock Holmes Baldwin."

"Speaking."

"This is Dear Elle from Hollywood Girl magazine."

My heart stops. Dear Elle? The love advice columnist who knows anything and everything about relationships? From the magazine I read without fail every month?

"Hello? Are you there?" Dear Elle asks.

My heart is still in jammed mode, but my vocal cords kick into gear. "I am," I say in a raspy, nervous voice.

"Well, Sherlock, I'm calling to say congratulations! Your essay on true love won first place in the Hollywood Girl contest."

Emotion bubbles from the tips of my fuchsia-painted toenails through my legs, swirls around my stomach and my chest, then rushes up my throat to my mouth, where it bursts forth in a big scream.

Both Junie and Brianna jump up from their side of the table and dash to me. "What is it? What's going on?"

My hands flutter and flap in the air. "I won. I won. I won."

"That's right," Dear Elle says. "You won a week in Hollywood for you, your legal guardian and a friend. All paid for by the magazine. Also, there will be a special dinner at the Roosevelt Hotel, honoring you and various magazine employees."

"I won. I won. I won." I can't seem to turn myself off.

"I'll need to go over the details with your legal guardian," Dear Elle says.

I take a deep breath and manage to give her my home phone number. Before disconnecting, Dear Elle compliments me on my essay and my understanding of true love. She explains that the essay and my photo will be in the next issue and posted even sooner on the magazine's website.

"I'm looking forward to meeting you!" she says, clicking off.

Wow.

Wow!

"My essay on true love won first place in the Hollywood Girl contest!" I blurt out to my friends.

Brianna squeals.

"Awesome!" Junie says.

"I can't believe I was just talking to Dear Elle. I just can't believe it." My hands are a flapping blur.

The people at the table next to us pick up their trays and move.

"So, you're like a love expert?" Brianna says. "Tell me something from your essay."

"Like what? It's five hundred words long." I chew on my lip. "How about this?" I clear my throat. " 'Love shows up when you least expect it. Like a pop quiz.' "

"Ooooh, that's heavy," Brianna says.

"Thank you."
 

Continues...

Excerpted from I So Don't Do Famous by Barrie Summy Copyright © 2011 by Barrie Summy. Excerpted by permission of Delacorte Books for Young Readers, a division of Random House, Inc.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2011

    Cant Wait

    Im so excited to read this the previous books were amazing!!

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    awesome

    This whole series was the best ever i love all of her BOOKS

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 19, 2012

    I love this book and series:

    ¿bermuch!!!!! Theyre so good i was never putting them down!!!! Definitely a mustread and sherry has SUCH a gr8 sebse humor. Plz read! So good!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2012

    Series<3

    This series is to die for no joke. The whole story makes you so suspicious but not enough to make you scared to death! Love love love!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Ugh

    Just read the sample... the main character is selfish and annoying and expects everything to go just right for her and doesnt think about others feelings.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 7, 2011

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    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo

    In Barry Summy's I SO DON'T DO FAMOUS, almost eighth grade Sherry Baldwin's going to Hollywood! Yeah, you heard right. Her essay on true love won first place in the Hollywood Girl contest and the prize, you guessed it, is a week in Hollywood! Movie stars, swimmin' pools, and...ghosts! Sherry asks her &#252;bercute boyfriend, Josh, to go with her, but over an orange banana smoothie he gets all squirmy and mumbly. How can you be an expert on love when your almost ninth grade boyfriend is more interested in water polo practice than a romantic trip to the film capital of the world? So, Sherry finds herself in Hollywood with her dad and her best friend, Junie. Her mom, who happens to have died in the line of duty a couple of years ago, plans to join her there at the Roosevelt Hotel. She'll be working on the Marilyn Monroe mystery for the Academy of Spirits, and Marilyn is known to show up in a mirror at the hotel. Sherry's hoping a week visiting places like the Walk of Fame and the wax museum with Junie, her coffee-scented mom, and her dad and his corny jokes will help her forget that Josh isn't texting her. Instead, she finds herself embroiled in the mystery of the missing purse with the diamond clasp. To make it worse, it's all over the World Wide Web of the Dead that she was present during the robbery, and it's all her fault. Unfortunately, the detective on the case is totally clueless, so when Sherry meets Leah, an over-zealous teen ghost who smells of root beer, she has no choice but to include her in the investigation. Sherry knows that if she doesn't solve the mystery, The Academy of Spirits may not ever let her work with her mom on a case again. Will Leah blow her cover? Will Sherry be arrested for burglary? Will she be banned from The Academy of Spirits forever? And what about Josh? Is he ever going to text her again? Barry Summy has whipped up another wonderful paranormal mystery in I SO DON'T DO FAMOUS. She'll keep you guessing and laughing with every turn of the page. And if you haven't read the other three Sherry Baldwin mysteries, I highly recommend them. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we'll see Sherry at the movies. And don't be surprised if the heavenly scent of your buttered popcorn mingles with a whiff of coffee and root beer!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 1, 2012

    Hi

    Awesome book!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2012

    Awesome

    Great end to a great series even though i think there should be a lot more books. Ah-mazing!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2012

    To Question

    I So Don't Do Mysteries is the first.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 28, 2012

    This is an awesome book!!!

    This is anvawesome book!!!!!!

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 29, 2011

    I ggugohogjchy thats what i think about the book

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    I Also Recommend:

    I CAN'T WAIT!!!!

    you would never think that sherry would be a likeable person but nooo she is a loveable person!!! when i found out this book was FINALLY out i screamed out with joy!!!!! i cant WAIT till i can get my hands on this book!!!!

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2011

    cant wait

    the others were sooooooo good

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 12, 2013

    Read all

    The series is amazing a must read plz bye i did and these books really wernt a mistake i love barrie summy

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2013

    Stinker

    Do not read this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2013

    To ugh

    This series is amazing and you should stop talking about yourself on here.......

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2013

    Amazing

    A rally good ending to the series

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Great story

    Sounds great but i still need to read it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2013

    Rock stat

    U do not do famous!"!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2012

    Awwwwwww

    This book is so skidilly be do bedo aba awesome my foot thumps tho the word intonation pattern and my heart yearns for it mor than water!bela and edward make such aa impressanabel couple when they throw samoln at claire and she staarts crying its a total dramaa fest...then claire runs to greg and she became gregs date to the dance because rowley took gregs date!!! Sadly edward and bella drink their blood, the end or is it.?





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