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I So Don't Do Spooky
     

I So Don't Do Spooky

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by Barrie Summy
 

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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.

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)
Publishers Weekly
04/27/2015
In this sequel to Summy's debut novel I So Don't Do Mysteries, Sherry, who has continued contact with her dead mother, returns as an eighth-grader preoccupied with her new boyfriend, her hair, and her dismal grades in computer class, which is taught by her stepmother, Paula, aka "The Ruler." As in the previous book, Sherry is helping her mother, a former cop now a ghost enrolled in an afterlife police academy, with real-world assignments. This time around, it involves finding a stalker who's harassing Paula. Between numerous classmates, rival school robotics teams, disgruntled parents, and the entire spirit realm, there are plenty of walk-on roles to provide fodder for Sherry's snarky commentary ("Who are these crazy, crazy, unbalanced nutzoids? I came here today totally believing the Donner robotics team wouldn't stalk The Ruler. Now? I'm not so sure"). Readers who like their mysteries light and frothy should find this to their taste, and those who missed the first installment will have no trouble starting here. Ages 10-up. (Dec.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375893735
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
12/08/2009
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
256
File size:
2 MB
Age Range:
10 Years

Meet the Author

BARRIE SUMMY is the author of the I So Don’t Do mystery series starring thirteen-year-old detective Sherry Holmes Baldwin and THE DISAPPEARANCE OF EMILY H. She lives in Southern California with her husband, their four children, two dogs, a veiled chameleon, and a fish. There was once a dwarf hamster, but let’s not go there. Visit her online at barriesummy.com and follow her on Facebook.


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I So Don't Do Spooky 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 65 reviews.
Natalie Arnold More than 1 year ago
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!
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book and i recomend it if your thinking of buying it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Greatest book you will ever read buy this forr your happiness.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Probably my favorite author and series ever!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book so let's read some more!!!!:D LUV
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dude who hates this book: ur cray-cray
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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What order do the books go in??
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This book is awesome and i love it! I first read the series when my teacher bought I So Dont Do Mysteries for the class and i fell in love and im just got around to reading the whole second book and it literally breaks my heart that there arent real people!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Love it!