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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: I So Don't Do...
  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Yearling (November 10, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385736037
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385736039
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #978,551 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

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.
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From School Library Journal

Grade 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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More About the Author

From the book flap:

"Barrie lives in California with her husband and their four children. She's currently hard at work on her next book. Please visit her at www.barriesummy.com"

There are obviously lots and lots of gaps in this bio. Which is probably the way it should be. I mean, come on, you don't want to scroll through pages of boring facts about me. Oh, what was that? You'd like to hear a few odd ones? Did someone tell you I was odd? Perhaps one of my children?! You realize they have a very skewed perspective.

How's about this:

I cannot have licorice in the house. Or white cheddar cheez-it crackers. I will eat these items until I am sick.

I do not like going to the post office. So, if you're waiting for something from me, well, you're in good company.

One of my most successful New Year's resolutions: Drive through the car wash twice a month.

And....I loved, loved, loved university. To the point that I wouldn't stop going until my parents pulled the plug. I have a degree in French, a degree in Canadian Literature, and a degree in Speech Pathology. The latter has resulted in very chatty children.

Email me (barrie.summy@gmail.com) if you need more detail. :)

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I recommend it to people who are about 9-13.
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The mystery is engaging, the characters are VERY real and...it's funny!
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This book will keep you on the edge of your seat!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on July 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This book is great!!! Sherry is so realistic! Even though this book is definetly fiction, I can totally realate to the problems Sherry faces with school and friends. I have a best freind just like Junie (Sherry's best friend and a super smart girl) so I can understand the way she can be somewhat annoying sometimes. I love ghost stories and mysteries so this a perfect book for me. I just couldn't put down this book!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 24, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Title: I SO Don't Do Mysteries
Author: Barrie Summy
Pages: 264
Delacorte Press
Date of Publication: December 9, 2008
Genre: Mystery
Recommended to: Tween girls, 10-13
Rating: A

Sherlock ("Sherry") Holmes Baldwin is not the mystery-solving type, despite her name. In fact, she's the polar opposite of Nancy Drew: she'd rather spend her time gorging on Oreos, shopping at the mall, hanging with her nerdy-but-sweet best friend Junie, trying to avoid her new stepmother, and fantasizing about her major crush, Josh Morton. But then Sherry's former cop of a mom suddenly contacts her from the ghost world and requests her assistance: she's flunking out of the Academy of Spirits, and needs Sherry's help to solve a mystery that will secure her a spot in a successful afterlife. Unfortunately, Sherry so doesn't do mysteries, but before she knows it, she's being whisked to San Diego, California, with Junie and her bratty teenage cousin to solve a conflict that includes a poacher, a bunch of innocent rhinos, a chef looking for revenge, and a group of crazy old people! Can Sherry save her mom's afterlife, save the rhinos, and get Josh to like her back? It's going to be one crazy spring break...
First off: I gotta say that I love Sherry: she's positively hilarious. She's realistic and always comes up with the craziest lies and smartest plans. Ms. Summy's dialogue is straight-to-the-point and realistic, with teenager lingo and great details. The plot flowed smoothly and was easy to get into: from the exciting climax on, it was extremely difficult to put the funny, cute book down. I loved all the crazy characters and their actions, which sometimes had me cracking up (Old people plotting serious revenge? Crazy chefs? What isn't there to love?).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Darcy Wishard on May 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
As a librarian I will sometimes ask students to review books, the following is an eighth grade student review!

In the first installment of the series, i son don't do mysteries, Sherry's mom has died three years ago in the line of duty on a drug bust. After her death her mom decides to go to the Academy of Spirits (an organization that trains ghosts to protect the living) where she finds out that working there is a lot harder than she bargained for! Unless she manages to solve a major case she is going to get banished. At first she and Sherry get help from her Academy friends but in the end it its up to them to solve the case.

This series is a hilarious mystery that keeps you guessing. Sherry (Sherlock Holmes Baldwin) manages to juggle boys, friends, makeup, fashion, a brand new step-mom and on top of all that, her coffee obsessed ghost-of-a-mom who is failing out of the academy for spirits. With help from her one time grandpa (now a cactus) Sherry and her mother solve mysteries that include rhinos, makeup and even a robotics competition. I look forward to the fourth installment in this riveting series!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Bennett on October 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
This book is extremely good! It has just the right blend of mystery and teen drama. This is the perfect book for girls who enjoy stories that have makeup, boys, and crazed teens in them as well as the supernatural. The book is extremely humorous and has cliffhangers and suspense as well as parts that make you want to say the answer right out loud, even if you are not correct. it also includes a very dramatic end, that makes you want to smile. What to say? Barrie Summy has made a genius book, and trust me, I know one when I see one. I am a big reader, and read all types of books, and this is a definite re-read.

A girl named Sherry (short for Sherlock ) finds that her deceased mother has become a ghost and SHE needs to help her with a mind boggling mystery. I strongly recommend this book and hope you will trust my opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dog Mom on December 23, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I brougth this book for my granddaughter for Christmas, but had to peek at the first page before I wrapped it. Well, I was hooked! I sat down and read the book, laughting all the way. I'm far from a tweener, but I loved this book. The mystery is engaging, the characters are VERY real and...it's funny!

Run, don't walk to your nearest bookstore or here at amazon and buy this book! Now I can't wait until the next Barrie Summy book comes out next year!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo on December 11, 2008
Format: Hardcover
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!
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