________________ CM . . . . Volume XVI Number 26 . . . . March 12, 2010


I So Don't Do Spooky.

Barrie Summy.
New York, NY: Delacorte Press (Distributed in Canada by Random House of Canada), 2009.
276 pp., hardcover, $19.99.
ISBN 978-0-385-73604-6.

Subject Headings:
Mothers and daughters-Fiction.
Mystery and detective stories.

Grades 5-8 / Ages 10-13.

Review by Tanya Boudreau.

*** /4


That makes me feel better. I pick up a brownie with white frosting for eyes and a turned-down smile. "What's this?"
"A frownie. My mother's specialty."
Cupping my palm under my chin to catch the crumbs, I bite in. It's like a party for my taste buds. "Is there chocolate pudding in here?"
Claire nods. She's not friendly, but she's thawing.
I polish off the brownie. Then, from my pocket, I gently tug out the amethyst necklace. "It's for you."
She doesn't reach for it. "Why?"
I hold the necklace up. On the end of the silver chain, the amethyst spins in the air. "Without going into a bunch of mumbo jumbo, you need to wear this."
She still doesn't reach for it.
"Claire, I know you saw Dylan's outline last night. I saw it too."
She shakes her head.
"We've got some sort of strange talent to do with the spirit world," I say softly. "I didn't ask for it. You didn't ask for it. But we have to keep ourselves safe. And this necklace will do that."


Some ghosts smell like coffee while others smell like cinnamon buns or a combination of honey and dirty socks. Sherry can smell when a ghost is near and talk to it. In this, her second book, she will have to capture a ghost in a silver box while in a cemetery at midnight. If everything goes as planned, she will get to spend five minutes doing something she's been wishing to do since her mother died.

     I So Don't Do Spooky is the follow-up to I So Don't Do Mysteries. Two months have passed since 13-year-old Sherry (full name Sherlock Holmes Baldwin) solved her first case for the Spirit Academy. She is back in Phoenix, Arizona, and getting used to a life with two moms. One is a teacher at her school who makes sure the meals at home are healthy and rules are followed, and the other is a crime solving ghost who is enrolled at the Spirit Academy. But life gets busy for Sherry when she is asked to identify and catch another ghost- the one stalking her stepmom. Sherry does find a way to incorporate her work with her social life though. She involves her best friend, Junie, and her new boyfriend, Josh, in her ghost hunting activities. And with her mom and grandpa's help from the afterlife, Sherry is able to solve a crime which benefits both the living and the dead.

     In this second book starring Sherry, the author reveals more of what goes on in the afterlife. Readers will meet two new ghosts and a few new characters who, like Sherry, can see or talk to ghosts. Readers will learn more about "the painful portal" at the Dairy Queen headquarters of the Academy and find out what goes on at the Ghostlympics. As revealed in the first book, Sherry still isn't too enthusiastic about school and classes, but she continues to show just how big her heart is and how brave she can be when it comes to keeping her family happy and safe.


Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.

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