Synopses & Reviews
SO HERE I am spending spring break in California with my best friend, Junie. Our chaperone is a teenager, like us. And soon Ill get to hang out with the coolest, cutest boy in the Southwest. Life is so good.
Except I should tell you that Im not actually in San Diego for fun. Even though Im a normal person who likes normal stuff—friends, clothes, the mall—Im supposed to be solving a mystery, one that involves a rhino heist and a crazy chef. And I have to do it because my supercop mom is counting on me. Did I mention shes a ghost? A ghost who can make
contact with only one person. Me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin. My mom is flunking out of the Academy of Spirits, and if I dont help her, shell be banished to an afterlife for ghost failures.
But . . . I so dont do mysteries.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
About the Author
Barrie Summy grew up in Canada on a steady diet of books and tobogganing. She lives in California with her husband and their four children.