SO here I am spending feather break in California with my best friend, Junie. Our chaperone is a teenager, prefer us. And also soon I’ll gain to cave out v the coolest, cutest young in the Southwest. Life is for this reason good.Except I must tell you the I’m no actually in san Diego because that fun. Also though I’m a normal human who likes common stuff—friends, clothes, the mall—I’m claimed to be addressing a mystery, one that requires a rhino heist and also a stunner chef. And also I need to do it since my supercop mother is count on me. Did I point out she’s a ghost? A ghost who deserve to makecontact with only one person. Me, Sherry Holmes Baldwin. My mother is flunking out of the Academy that Spirits, and also if i don’t assist her, she’ll it is in banished come an immortality for ghost failures.But . . . Ns so don’t carry out mysteries.

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BARRIE SUMMY is the writer of the i So Don’t Do an enig series starring thirteen-year-old detective Sherry Holmes Baldwin and also THE loss OF EMILY H. She stays in southerly California with her husband, their four children, two dogs, a veiled chameleon, and a fish. There was when a dwarf hamster, however let’s no go there. Visit her virtual at and also follow her on Facebook.

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Chapter 1Yikes.I slam mine hand under on the paper.Sucking in a deep breath, ns peek under my palm.Yikes again.A fat red F shimmers prior to my eyes, its large arms swaying, mocking me, call me lame names."How"d girlfriend do, Sherry?" the always-gets-an-A nerd behind me asks.Scrunching my file into a ball, i say, "Just peachy." Then i stand and also swing my backpack end my shoulder. "I know much more about genetics than I might ever usage in this lifetime." even with one F, I number this is true.Nerd asks, "What"d you obtain on the essay question?"There was an essay question? It"s therefore time to blow this formaldehyde stink hole. Ns shuffle down the aisle, the backs of mine flip-flops slap-slapping mine heels. Together I happen the wastepaper basket, ns drop my test in.Then I offer a mighty shove to the hefty metal class door. Through a groan, it swings open onto the breezeway and also fresh Phoenix air.Thud."Ow!" a masculine voice says.Uh-oh. That doesn"t sound good.I watch behind the door.Ack. Significant tragedy. I just door-whacked mockery Morton, the coolest, cutest eighth grader at Saguaro middle School. In Arizona. Quite maybe in the entire Southwest. I"ve only been sewage crazy about Josh because September, as soon as I spotted him in a very small Speedo in ~ a water polo game.Hunched over and also leaning against the stucco wall, he"s holding a hand versus his nose and groaning."I"m sorry, really sorry, really," ns babble. "I just flunked a test and was kind of taking out my disappointed on the door.""Yeah?" He gives me a slight smile--well, more like a big grimace. Then, through a gorgeous shoulder, he gestures towards the door. "Science?""Yeah." ns shrug. "Like that"s also useful.""I hear you." Behind his hand, josh sniffs."You okay? can I perform anything?" ns can"t believe I attacked Josh Morton v a door. Ns can"t believe I, a saturday grader, am finally talking to him. Nervously twirling a couple of strands of hair roughly my index finger, i add, "I feeling horrible.""I"m okay." he straightens, nodding. "I"m okay."I take a deep breath and inhale a chlorine + soap scent. I love, love, love it. Ns absolutely must have actually some of this Eau de Josh because that my locker."Sherry, right?" the raises dark eyebrows end deep blue eyes."Yup, yup, yup." i sound prefer the flags in ~ the front of the school, fwapping in the wind against the pole."I"m mock Morton."Believe me, i so know who you are. "Hi."I can"t come up through anything else to say, but at least I look an excellent in my jeans and my brand-new long-sleeved, open-neck T-shirt that perfectly matches mine lavender eye shadow.He clears his hand from his nose. Then he wrinkles it choose an adorable tiny bunny sniffing the air because that lettuce or carrots.This is the the next I"ve ever stood come Josh and, therefore, the an initial time I an alert the sprinkling the freckles across his nose. Ns squint. Yes, if linked carefully, they"d spell the end my initials."Is something wrong?" He"s staring at me."Not at all."Last month"s Seventeen noted twenty suggestions for memorable an initial meetings through a potential boyfriend. I do not have anything did they cite a brutal door-whacking encounter, but it appears to it is in working. I"ll write a letter to the editor so they can include it as an approach number twenty-one.Suddenly josh clamps a hand firmly over his nose. Through his cost-free hand, that hauls his backpack increase from the sidewalk. "Gotta go." Without also a glance in ~ me, he"s off and also running.I clock his shaggy hair bounce versus the collar the his black death by stereo T-shirt, i m sorry rides up to reveal the grooviest plaid boxers over sagging jeans. Sigh. There"s something around a man who sags.Then I watch a dotted trace of blood in Josh"s wake. Five no. I follow the spatters come the nurse"s office and stop exterior the entrance. Mine stomach sinks choose the Titanic.I crushed the nose of the guy I"ve to be crushing ~ above for six months.Chapter 2In my living room later that afternoon, I"m nestled in a beanbag chair, scarfing down a warm Pocket. It"s a pretty peaceful moment, through my eight-year-old brother, Sam, gone for exercise at the ball field and also my dad still at work.Then i hear the garage door open.Seconds later, Dad strides in, shoulders back. He has actually a huge smile ~ above his face. "Sherry, we must talk."Ack. What"s he doing house early? What do we have to talk about? that couldn"t know about the sucky science test. No method the online grades are already posted. And also he wouldn"t it is in smiling.Dad mr CŽline Dion, his fave lame singer, in the CD player, then sits throughout from me in his La-Z-Boy.Ack. Eek. "What is it?"He doesn"t answer best away, simply keeps grinning large like a frog."Dad! Dad! are you okay?" then it access time me. "You won the Powerball! You"re providing me a no-limit Visa card and also a Corvette with a DVD player for once I deserve to drive in three years. And you"ll ultimately pay for me to gain highlights!""Sherry"--my surname comes out all distorted because of his stretched-out froggy lips--"Paula and also I are obtaining married. On Saturday."It"s choose he dumped smelly swamp water over my head. And my Visa card, cool Corvette and also foxy highlights."Saturday!" i screech. "As in the job after tomorrow? You claimed it would be this summer at the earliest." and also I"d to be counting ~ above him coming to his senses by then."I know, pumpkin. But, well, there"s one unbelievable internet special for Hawaii," Dad says, "and, prefer you, Paula has next week off for feather break. For this reason we determined to move things increase a bit. I"ll call Sam tonight."I bury my head in mine hands.Paula, aka The Ruler, is a math teacher at institution who really lives up to her nickname. She looks choose a ruler--tall and also skinny v ramrod-straight posture. And she"s a significant control freak. I mean, she hands the end detentions favor candy, and also don"t even try taking a cabinet phone right into her class. No to mention her stroked nerves habit of continuous contacting the parents of struggling students. I beg your pardon is how she hooked up through my dad.I shudder to think she"ll in reality be component of my family. She currently has also much influence over mine dad. Which method she currently has as well much influence over my life. Basically, The leader loves rules. Rules around how plenty of minutes I need to read each evening, i m sorry TV shows I have the right to watch, how much screen time ns get, how much phone time ns get, who I have the right to hang out with, when I can acquire a MySpace. It"s frustrating and nauseating and wrong.And currently full-on stepmotherhood is only two job away.Dad"s droning on and also on around wedding plans and also Internet specials and Hawaii and San Diego and also me.Say what? i lift mine head and tune ago in to uncover he wants to banish me to mine great-aunt Margaret"s in mountain Diego, while he and also The ruler hit Kauai"s beaches.I stand. "I"m not going to mountain Diego." ns zap him with a don"t-mess-with-me look. "I have actually plans for spring break, crucial plans, plans that were plan eons ago.""Sherry--""You are not ruining my life. I"--and ns jab mine thumb right into my chest--"can perform that all on my own." ***