CM . . . . Volume XVII Number 33 . . . . April 29, 2011
When Sherlock Holmes solves crimes, he has Watson. Thirteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes Baldwin has a ghost. I So Don't Do Famous is the fourth book in Summy's tween mystery series. When Sherry is in Hollywood collecting first prize in the Hollywood Girl contest for her essay on true love, she unknowingly invites two wanted teenaged criminals into the security-tight awards ceremony. A diamond purse is stolen from the famous Dear Elle, and because Sherry feels responsible, she decides to help the police catch the perpetrators. Sherry's best friend, Junie, is available to assist with the investigation; that is, when she's not texting her new boyfriend Nick. From the ghost world, Sherry has the help of her mom (who can be summoned with coffee beans) and a new ghost named Leah. Leah is Sherry's age, and she is going through something very similar to what Sherry is going through with her boyfriend – heartache! Junie helps Sherry narrow down the suspect list. Sherry's mom is able to protect her when one of the criminals comes after her, and Leah's knowledge of Hollywood and her ability to eavesdrop effectively come in handy when Sherry is in trouble with the Beverly Hills Bandits.
I enjoyed Sherry's undercover work in this book. Everything that could go wrong does, but she is still able to solve the case and gain the respect of those working in the Academy of Spirits. And the inclusion of a Marilyn Monroe subplot was interesting because it enabled the author to include information about Hollywood's history and famous attractions. This book does have a paranormal storyline, but it also incorporates themes you'd find in a contemporary fiction book. Sherry is trying to keep her mind off her ex-boyfriend, Josh. She's learning to appreciate her new step-mom, although she still calls her The Ruler, and she's also settling fights between jealous friends. My only criticisms about this book are that it didn't include the words to Sherry's prize winning essay about true love, and it didn't have enough scenes with my favorite character – Sherry's grandpa, the ghost bird.
Barrie Summy spent her childhood in Canada. She has a degree in French, Canadian Literature and Speech Pathology. Today, she lives with her family in California.
Tanya Boudreau is a librarian at the Cold Lake Public Library in Cold Lake, AB.
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