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I So Don't Do Spooky    by Barrie Summy order for
I So Don't Do Spooky
by Barrie Summy
Order:  USA  Can
Delacorte, 2009 (2009)
Hardcover, e-Book
* *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

Eighth grader Sherry Holmes Baldwin's life is falling apart. Her amazing boyfriend of two months is being stalked by his project partner, glitter girl. Her stepmother and computer teacher, nicknamed the Ruler by the entire middle school, is totally losing it. The family spends major time daily looking for her lost car keys and the Ruler blames Sherry.

Her real mother, a Phoenix cop, died in a drug bust over a year ago. Now she's a guardian-in-training with the Academy of Spirits so she can learn to watch over the rest of the world, especially Sherry and her brother Sam. You'd think an ex-cop would make a good guardian, but she's having trouble with the ghost part. Sherry's glad to have her mom back in her life even if she can't see her.

Sherry's become a celebrity with the Academy of Spirits for helping her mother solve mysteries and crimes on a regular basis. This time she's being asked to help with a mystery involving her stepmother, whose real name is Paula, and a stalker. If she solves the case it just might improve her relationship with Paula.

In this tale told in first person narration, Sherry comes across as witty and original, plus a bit of a screwball. This is the second Sherry (short for Sherlock) Holmes Baldwin fantasy mystery. A third will be coming out in May so catch up now on this reluctant but clever sleuth.

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