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|A final entry in the series that began with I So Don't Do Spooky finds eighth-grade psychic Sherry Holmes Baldwin stumbling into a supernatural mystery on Hollywood Boulevard, where the over-enthusiastic ghost of a former teen actress aids her investigation into a string of celebrity home burglaries.
A final entry in the series that began with I So Don't Do Spooky finds eighth-grade psychic Sherry Holmes Baldwin stumbling into a supernatural mystery on Hollywood Boulevard, where the over-enthusiastic ghost of a former teen actress aids her investigation into a string of celebrity home burglaries.
When thirteen-year-old Sherry Baldwin's essay wins a magazine contest, she, her father, and best friend Junie go to Hollywood, where she helps her ghost-detective mother and another ghost investigate a series of burglaries.
Having a boyfriend in eighth grade makes me kind of a celebrity at school. I'm also known throughout the spirit world--I've helped my ghost mom solve some tough cases. And now I'm on my biggest one of all . . . in Hollywood!
Everyone is so famous here. But there's no time for stargazing. Somehow I managed to stumble upon a mystery right on Hollywood Boulevard. Homes of young celebs are being burglarized, and it's up to me to figure out who's behind the million dollar crimes--and prove it to the Beverly Hills police. And to complicate things? The ghost of a teen star is dying to help me. One thing you never hear in the land of glitz & glamour? I so don't do famous.
Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 FallAmateur detective Sherry Holmes Baldwin pens a winning essay about true love--only to be dumped. Heartbroken, she takes an all-expenses-paid trip to Hollywood (the prize for her essay), where she soon encounters--and, with the help of a tagalong ghost, exposes--a robbery ring. Sherry's fourth I So Don't Do outing is true to form: light mystery, middle school romance, and supernatural sidekicks. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.
SLJ Reviews 2011 June
Gr 5–8—Sherlock Holmes Baldwin ("Sherry") is back for another mystery in this fourth installment in the series, and this time she's in Hollywood with her father and her friend Junie, having won an all-expenses paid trip for writing an essay on true love. Also along for the ride is Sherry's deceased mother, whose ghost only Sherry can speak to and who helps solve her daughter's cases. This time, Dear Elle, Hollywood Girl magazine's famed love advice columnist, has had her purse stolen, and the 13-year-old is determined to find the culprits. With the help of Junie, the Beverly Hills police, and some deus ex machina, Sherry is able to nab the thieves while taking in the Hollywood tourist sites, getting closer to her father, healing her broken heart, and meeting a cute new boy (who just happens to live near her in Arizona). The mystery is wrapped up in a neat little package. There isn't much substance here. Sherry and Junie are both flat stereotypes (Sherry is the fashionista; Junie is the brainiac). The contrived plot doesn't move the story in any worthy direction. This book will be popular with fans of the series, but it's an additional purchase at best.—Lauren Newman, Northern Burlington County Regional Middle School, East Columbus, NJ [Page 137]. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.VOYA Reviews 2011 JuneSometimes you just need a light, fun, funny read and this fills the bill. Sherlock Holmes Baldwin, heroine of three previous books, wins a trip to Hollywood because she won an essay contest on true love run by Hollywood Girl magazine. Sherry and her best friend, Junie, fill their vacation with tourist visits, mystery solving, and avoiding ghosts. Throughout the story, however, are serious themes that add a realistic tinge to an otherwise fun romp in fiction. Before she leaves home, Sherry breaks up with her boyfriend, Josh—the situation of the older boy heading to high school and wanting to be "free," not tied to a middle-school girlfriend has a realistic ring to it. Sherry's progress through the emotions of the break up also add realism to the improbable, if not impossible, storyline of several ghosts helping Sherry bust a burglary ring while visiting Hollywood. Sherry and her father discuss their feelings about the mother/wife they have lost and the relationship of both to the new stepmom/wife. Sherry tries to juggle two friends who resent each other, a situation further complicated because the new friend is a ghost that cannot be heard by the old friend Fans of the other I So Don't Do books will love this one, but for those not familiar with the others, this will have them looking for more.—Susan Allen PLB $19.99. ISBN 978-0-385-90699-9. 4Q 4P M J Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.
BARRIE SUMMY grew up in Canada, about 2,500 miles away from Hollywood. She visited all the places in this book, bought loads of souvenirs, and discovered that she is not very good at recognizing famous people.
Now she lives in California with her husband, their four children, a poodle named Dorothy, two veiled chameleons, and an incubator full of chameleon eggs.