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I So Don't Do Mysteries
ISBN: 9780385905831
Author: Summy, Barrie
Publisher: Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
Published: December 2008
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Binding Type: Library Binding
Annotation: SO HERE I am spending spring break in California with my best friend, Junie. Our chaperone is a teenager, like us. And soon I'll get to hang out with the coolest, cutest boy in the Southwest. Life is so good.
Except I should tell you that I'm not actually in San Diego for fun. Even though I'm a normal person who likes normal stuff--friends, clothes, the mall--I'm supposed to be solving a mystery, one that involves a rhino heist and a crazy chef. And I have to do it because my supercop mom is counting on me. Did I mention she's a ghost? A ghost who can make
contact with only one person. Me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin. My mom is flunking out of the Academy of Spirits, and if I don't help her, she'll be banished to an afterlife for ghost failures.
But . . . I "so "don't do mysteries.

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Physical Information: 1.00" H x 8.10" L x 5.60" W 264 pages
Bargain Category: Fantasy, Growing Up, Middle School, Mystery, Science Fiction, Upper Elementary
Grade level(s): 5th, 6th, 7th
Descriptions, Reviews, Etc.
Reviewed by Horn Book Guide Reviews (Horn Book Guide Reviews 2009 Spring)
After her dad gets suddenly married to "The Ruler," Sherry is shipped off to San Diego during his honeymoon. Surprisingly, Sherry's dead mother's ghost shows up, seeking assistance with an afterlife assignment: to expose a rhino-poisoner at the Wild Animal Park. Sherry, to use her own lingo, is uber-whiney, but readers may enjoy her offbeat mystery. Copyright 2009 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
Reviewed by Publishers Weekly Reviews (PW Reviews 2008 October #3)

About to be shipped off to San Diego while her widower dad goes on his honeymoon, seventh-grader Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin prepares to put up a fight when she is contacted by her mother's ghost. Killed in the line of duty, her cop mother is flunking out of an afterlife law-enforcement academy, and she needs Sherry's help to crack a case at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. So what if Sherry, a self-proclaimed screwup, is nothing like Nancy Drew? ("Do I look like a strawberry-blond-haired teenage detective?" wisecracking Sherry demands.) Summy keeps the fizz in her effervescent premise for most of this debut novel, using a punchy first-person narration; story lines involving romances, movie stars, rhinos and egotistical chefs; and various eccentricities, including a late grandfather who assumes the form of a wren. Although the plot becomes too convoluted even for screwball comedy, Sherry remains entertaining, and readers will hope for a second caper. Ages 10–up. (Dec.)

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Reviewed by School Library Journal Reviews (SLJ Reviews 2009 January)

Gr 5–8—With the help of her mother and her grandfather, both of whom happen to be deceased, Sherry Holmes Baldwin is out to stop an evil rhino killer. The seventh grader thought her trip to San Diego to stay with her great-aunt, along with her friend Junie and Junie's cousin, would be filled will sunbathing and shopping. That was until her mother's ghost appeared to her and informed Sherry that she needed help with an important Academy of Spirits assignment. If she fails to stop whoever is plotting to kill rhinos at the Wild Animal Park, she will be banished to an afterlife reserved for Academy failures. Unfortunately, the story is dull. There are characters who are completely irrelevant and who seemingly serve no purpose other than to make this book painfully long. Sherry may have solved the mystery in the end, but Nancy Drew she is not.—Robyn Zaneski, New York Public Library

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