I So Don't Do Spooky

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Overview

Someone’s out to get Sherry’s stepmom. . . .Can she save her before it’s too late?

Did you know that the main campus of the Academy of Spirits is at a Dairy Queen in Phoenix? Me either. Until now. Some weird stuff has been happening to my stepmother, Paula, and the Academy has asked me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin, to get to the bottom of it. They think someone’s trying to hurt her.

I really don’t want to get involved—my life is way too busy. Josh ...

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Overview

Someone’s out to get Sherry’s stepmom. . . .Can she save her before it’s too late?

Did you know that the main campus of the Academy of Spirits is at a Dairy Queen in Phoenix? Me either. Until now. Some weird stuff has been happening to my stepmother, Paula, and the Academy has asked me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin, to get to the bottom of it. They think someone’s trying to hurt her.

I really don’t want to get involved—my life is way too busy. Josh and I are celebrating two blissful months of togetherness. And my best friend, Junie, is finally showing a teeny bit of interest in clothes and makeup after years of brainiac behavior. But being that my mom is a ghost and all, me, my brother, and my dad rely on Paula a lot. So it’s not like I can just ignore what’s going on. Especially since my mom is competing at the Ghostlympics. If she comes in first place, she earns five minutes of Real Time.

And that means I’ve got to get involved in a creepy, freaky mystery.

But . . . I so don’t do spooky.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Sarah Maury Swan
Sherry Holmes Baldwin considers herself to be a very luck eighth grader. She has a super cool boyfriend, Josh; but she does have to deal with Paula, a.k.a. "The Ruler," her new stepmother and computer teacher at the middle school. And then there is Sherry's real mother—a loving, but klutzy ghost—who asks for help in finding out who is stalking Paula. If Sherry can solve the mystery, she will be granted five minutes of "real" time with her mother. Her stepmother is the teacher-mentor for the school's robotics club to which Sherry's best friend, Junie, belongs. Sherry has a special talent for detecting ghosts by their smell and finds the stalking ghost by his dirty sock/honey smell. Turns out he is the dead older brother of a girl on a competing school's robotics team and wants to help her team win this year's competition. With help from her friends and some other ghosts, Sherry convinces the stalker-ghost to admit that he is dead and move on to the next level. She gives her real time with her mother to him, so he can coach his sister. She is rewarded by the head ghost with five more minutes of real time, which she feels will be better used by her younger brother, who is still grieving their mother's death. This is part of the "I So Don't Do" series, so look for another adventure soon. A good read for middle-grade girls, with its focus on fashion and boyfriends, it also shows change and development in Sherry's character. Reviewer: Sarah Maury Swan
School Library Journal
Gr 6–8—Sherry Holmes Baldwin, the 13-year-old heroine of Summy's I So Don't Do Mysteries (Delacorte, 2008) is back for a second reluctant round of detection. When her mother—a ghostly coed at the Academy of Spirits—asks Sherry to help her find out who is stalking Sherry's stepmother, a task set upon her by her Academy guidance counselor, the teen agrees, even though her relationship with "The Ruler," who teaches at her middle school, is often strained. Guided by her spectral mother as well as her ghostly grandfather, Sherry goes undercover at a neighboring junior high school's robotics club meeting, certain that one of their members is behind the torment. After several meetings with Mom and Grandpa and the intervention of a teen psychic and a ghost-hunter, Sherry finally solves the mystery, though by the last pages of the novel the identity of her stepmother's stalker almost seems like a moot point. Not tightly written or clever enough to be considered screwball, and with not as much attitude as Meg Cabot's "Mediator" series (HarperCollins), this story doesn't satisfy as a mystery or as a supernatural thriller.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
Kirkus Reviews
Despite her attempts to lead a normal life filled with shopping trips and dates with her hunky boyfriend, middle schooler Sherry Holmes Baldwin finds herself thrust back into the role of supernatural sleuth. In this sequel to I So Don't Do Mysteries (2008), Sherry and her best friend, Junie, take on the serious task of unmasking an individual who is stalking Sherry's stepmother. Similar to the previous text, Sherry's deceased mom and grandfather lend support from beyond the grave, a device that, through humor and a thorough setup, manages to be more believable than creepy. In addition to wanting to protect her stepmother, Sherry is determined to crack this mystery for a chance to be awarded five minutes of "Real Time" with her deceased mother. Perfectly tame for middle schoolers-Sherry's dates never pass PG, and although the threat of the stalker is at times menacing, Sherry's silly, over-the-top inner dialogue helps defuse the situation and provide comic relief. (Mystery. 10-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385736046
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 12/8/2009
  • Pages: 276
  • Age range: 10 years
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Barrie Summy lives in California with her husband and their four children. Please visit her at www.barriesummy.com.

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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Cool sequel

    Sherry, Junie and Josh are back to solve another mystery! Sherry's stepmom is being stalked. Who? Why? Will Sherry be able to stop thinking about Josh and solve this mystery? Why is Junie hanging out with Nick? All these questions will be answered!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 4, 2009

    more from this reviewer

    Reviewed by Cana Rensberger for TeensReadToo.com

    You know how sticky it can sometimes get when you're juggling both a mother and a stepmother? Imagine if your mother was a ghost and your stepmother was a teacher at your school!

    Sherry Baldwin's mother floats in on a wave of coffee to let Sherry know that she needs to meet her at Dairy Queen, ghost headquarters. There, Sherry learns that her stepmother, aka The Ruler, has a stalker. With her dad out of town, and her mother competing in the Ghostlympics, it's up to Sherry to solve the mystery.

    But, she so doesn't do spooky.

    Sherry enlists Junie's help as they embark upon a journey of the paranormal. A ghost hunter's equipment picks up signs of her mother while a teen psychic confirms Sherry's fears about her stepmother. When The Ruler's tires are slashed, Sherry follows the scents of sweat socks and honey, and wonders what she'll do when she finds the stalker.

    To make matters worse, her uber-fantastic boyfriend, Josh, has a glittery tutor who seems eager to take Sherry's place. Her best friend, Junie, is too distracted to answer her texts, someone is trying to kill her fish, and her school's rival robotics team has discovered she's a spy.

    Barrie Summy's I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY is a wonderful romp between teen and paranormal worlds. I thoroughly enjoyed Ms. Summy's first novel, I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES, and was eager to read I SO DON'T DO SPOOKY. I was not disappointed. It was just plain fun.

    And if an unusual scent seems to settle around you as you read, don't be concerned. It's probably just a ghost that can't resist reading over your shoulder.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted April 27, 2013

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    It is the worst book

    HATE IT SO MUCH

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2012

    Get this book!!!!!!!

    I am reading this book right now and it is great!If you like the frist book(i so don't do mystierises)you will love this one!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    I totally recomend!!

    I love this book and i recomend it if your thinking of buying it!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2012

    nise

    like sooger and spise

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    Awesome book

    Greatest book you will ever read buy this forr your happiness.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2011

    I think i read it 4 times

    This is a good book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2011

    Thats me

    I hate spooky mysterties im more of a ghost book

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 5, 2014

    Awesome and embarrasing

    Great book!!! A few minutes ago, i was sitting in a chair right next to the bathroom and i really had to go, but i was so into the book :P. So i was dancing around while reading. Ikr, tmi? But still it was so goodddd!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2013

    I so dont do not reading this series

    This is an awedome book and you should read it. I so dont do not reading it. Its to fluffy though.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2013

    Book

    I love I So Don't Do Spooky so far. Only on Chapt #2 but so far so great Josh and Summy together perfect Juni's help cool another mystery even cooler! The ghost olypics cleaver. Barrie Summy is a great athor. I also love the I So Don't Do series. She is veary detailed and has many great ideas. She has a great inmagination.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Amazing

    This book was really good. Even though there could have been more to the end befor ut ended i still really liked it. I wish Barrie Summy would make a 2nd book to i sp dont do sppoky and make it i so dont do spooky2. Now that would be cool. Anyway i really loved this book. Keep writing them Barrie Summy!;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2013

    Amazing!

    Probably my favorite author and series ever!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2012

    ;D

    Love this book so let's read some more!!!!:D
    LUV

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 25, 2012

    Oooooooooooo

    Ooooooo its just soo spooky when massie dumps derrington and goes out with jack. And when percy cut off his foot was more horible than ............... a+d forever love u know who u are hahahahahahahaha.:)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Luv this book!!

    Dude who hates this book: ur cray-cray

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2012

    To people with questions!!!!!!!!!

    The order is forthis series is:
    1 i so dont do mysteries
    2 i so dont do spooky
    3 i so dont do makeup
    4 i so dont do famous
    Also i really like this book a lot but the first one is best

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2012

    Question

    What order do the books go in??

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