I So Don't Do Mysteries

I So Don't Do Mysteries

by Barrie Summy
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I So Don't Do Mysteries by Barrie Summy

Laughs, ghosts, and a lip-gloss-loving teen sleuth!

Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin is spending spring break in California with her best friend, Junie. She can’t wait to hang out in the sun, hit the mall, and spend time with cutie-pie Josh.

Then . . . a freaky change of plans. Sherry’s mom, a cop killed in the line of duty, contacts her. Not only is she a ghost, she’s a ghost in danger of flunking out of the Academy of Spirits, and she needs Sherry’s help. Unless she solves an important mystery in San Diego, she’ll be banished to an afterlife for ghost failures!

If Sherry wants to be a normal seventh grader (as in, one who doesn’t communicate with ghosts), she can’t tell anybody about her mom—or what she has to do. Not her brother, not Junie, and especially not Josh. It’s up to Sherry alone to save the day. Except . . . she so doesn’t do mysteries.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780385736022
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 12/09/2008
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: HL600L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About 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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I So Don't Do Mysteries 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 53 reviews.
BeckyLevine More than 1 year ago
I have been waiting a very long time for Barrie Summy's I So Don't Do Mysteries, ever since I found Barrie in the blogosphere and started hearing about the book. Then, finally, finally, I got my copy for Christmas. Yesterday, I cracked the cover.

(By the way, I LOVED finding out what was behind the beautiful blue cover: no spoiler here, though!)

You know, we all know, that there's pressure when you meet someone online, blog back & forth, share memes and THEN read their book. So, yes, it was with a bit of trepidation that I started reading Page 1.

By Page 2, I was laughing. And I pretty much didn't stop until I reached the end. Barrie has given her MC, Sherry (Sherlock Holmes) Baldwin, a light fun voice and she (the author or the character, you decide) is the mistress of the LOL one-liner. Even when I wasn't laughing, I was smiling. Sherry's energy is contagious, and rooting for her was a delight.

Sherry's police-officer mother has been dead just over a year, so imagine Sherry's surprise when she smells coffee (her mother's favorite drink) and hears her mom's voice. Already destined for a vacation in San Diego, Sherry finds out that her mother, now a ghost and an investigator, needs help saving some rhinos at the Wild Animal Park from being poisoned.

What I really like about the story is that Sherry and her mother don't have it easy working together. In so many books, Sherry would have been angry at the start, but her mother would have--by virtue of dying--be seeing things more clearly and have turned into a wonderful parent. Barrie doesn't let Mom off the hook this easily. Sherry and she are stuck at the same place they were on the day of her death, with Sherry feeling inferior and ineffectual and Mom being the same perfectionist, totally immersed in her job. Yes, the two have to save the rhinos, but they also have to start building a better relationship than they ever had while Mom was alive. This is the layer that turns a fun, fast read into something extra, a book that definitely has us asking for a sequel.

Thanks, Barrie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the book excellant choice to pick.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book couldnt put it down u all have to read this!!!!! Very good book. @(- -)@
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I donot normaly like mysteries but when they add the rest of her life and relation ship in it it made it a great book! I would suggest this to anyone who is up for a great book for ages 10-13
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Sherry's got typical seventh grade issues. She's not so great at school and she's got a serious crush on Josh, an uber cute eighth grader, and makes an unforgettable impression on him by bloodying his nose. Plus, her dad's engaged to Paula, the math teacher at school, aka The Ruler. But if you're thinking that I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES is just another book about an everyday teen who just wants to be loved, you'd be so wrong. There's nothing normal about Sherry's spring break.

You see, Sherry had big plans for her break, plans that involved sleeping in, shopping, and then more shopping with her best friend, Junie. Until her dad told her that he and The Ruler have moved up their wedding date to this weekend. And she'll have to spend her break in San Diego with her aging great-aunt. Course, that's better than staying with her little brother at her dotty old grandma's house. The same one who believes in ghosts and thinks she communicates with the spirits. Shoot, she even thinks her dead husband is a bird. How weird is that?

When Sherry goes outside to curl up in her favorite pear tree, her mother (who, by the way, was killed in the line of duty a year and a half ago), shows up in a rush of wind and a cloud of coffee, and Sherry's no longer sure what's weird and what's not. Even stranger, it turns out her mother needs her help solving a case of unauthorized banana treats at a rhino enclosure in (you'll never guess) San Diego! Her? Sherry? Go undercover? Think on her feet? Solve a mystery? No way. Sherry's always been the one most likely to mess up, if she doesn't freeze up first. But no matter how bizarre it all sounds, her mother needs her. Actually needs her!

It doesn't take long to convince her dad to send Junie with her to San Diego, even if it does mean she's also going to have to put up with Junie's older cousin, Amber. Soon, Sherry's up to her elbows in meringue and buckets of coffee, pounding the pavement like a regular ol' sleuth till she's got blisters on her feet. Who's trying to kill the rhinos and why? Will she be able to find out in time to save them? Will her directionally-challenged mother be able to find her so they can work together as she promised? Can she trust Junie with her secret? And what about Josh? Will he forget she even exists while she's gone?

I SO DON'T DO MYSTERIES is a funny, engaging debut novel and Sherry's antics will keep you turning pages since nothing happens as expected. Ms. Summy's title suggest she so doesn't do mysteries, but I believe she does them very, very well, and I surely hope she will be brewing up more mysteries for Sherry and her mother in the future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing spectacular. Read ohsomany times
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
AWESOME SERIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Christine White More than 1 year ago
Um, which one is the first one???????
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! If your thinking of buying it, you totally should!!!
Natalie Arnold More than 1 year ago
I was hooked from the first page. I bought the book because I love mysteries, so the title was funny for me. It was a really good story. A few years ago, Sherry's mom was shot and killed. Now, her mom's ghost needs her to solve a mystery for her. Sherry knows she needs help, so she goes to her genious friend Junie. But even Junie can't solve this mystery on her own. I said 'on her own' because Sherry is a little distracted with her crush, Josh. I really good book with relatable characters!
William Morgan More than 1 year ago
i really liked it!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an exceptional book! Sherry or Sherlock Holmes Baldwin lost her mother to the criminal world because she was a police woman. so when she hears her mother's voice she is stunned. That's the start of an amazing mother daughter relationship. She is shipped to San Diego for spring break; she is immersed in a mystery to save a bunch of rhinos. Barrie did an awesome job putting writing in the perspective of a thirteen year old girl. She really puts an emphases on all her problems and the solution. Barrie also wrote so any young person can't put it down, I know that I couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so dont do mysteries is the first book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this love thus book like this is the first duh anyway this really connets to teens about boys and school
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really good. I read this nonstop for like 3 hours bevause i could not put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! I highly suggest the rest of the series! And as for Barrie Summy PLEASE WRITE ANOTHER!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I so dont do mystorys is the first one!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!!
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Louis Asaro More than 1 year ago
Is this a goood book for a fourth grader going to fifth? Please answer im desperate
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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