Anyway, Mom said I could do a book review and interview for her blog and since she was so lucky to get a copy of Barrie Summy’s I So Don’t Do Mysteries, that’s the book I decided to do. I really, really, really LOVED this book! It was AWSOME! I couldn't go to sleep without reading it! (It only took me 3 nights which is a record for me cause it’s like 300 pages and I get yelled at if I stay up too late!) It’s about a girl named Sherry who has to accomplish stuff that no other 6 grader would have to. She has to solve a mystery about rhinos with her cop mom, except her mom is a ghost! My favorite part was when Sherry slammed open the door and squished Josh's nose. It was so funny. I also liked when in the morning Sherry put on sassy girl shampoo to wash her hair and when she fell into the rhino area at the zoo the baby rhino ran towards her attracted to the shampoo. This book is really really funny! I was giggling so hard reading it.
So I was so psyched when my Mom said I could interview Ms. Summy. I had to come up with some good questions for our interview. Besides, she is way cool! She sent all of us tattoos and book marks! Me and Angus put on our book tattoos and wore them to school! They lasted for several days since I refused to wash them off. Mom wasn’t too happy about that, but at least I didn’t put it on my face!
Oldest: Hi Ms. Summy! Thank you for letting me interview you!
Ms. Summy: Thank you for your wonderful e-mail. It's really interesting to hear which parts of the books you enjoyed most. Thank you so much for sharing. What great questions you came up with!!
Oldest: So how did you come up with the characters?
Ms. Summy: Originally, I wrote this book as a Nancy Drew mystery. It was called The Mystery at the
Oldest: When did you start writing your book? Why did you make the mystery about rhinos?
Ms. Summy: I started writing the book after one of my kids did a third-grade project on rhinos. He read me all kinds of little rhinos facts from library books. I thought one fact in particular would make a great clue in a mystery.
Oldest: Which fact?
Ms. Summy: Rhinos have a keen sense of smell.
Oldest: How long did it take you to write your book?
Ms. Summy: About seven YEARS for I So Don't Do Mysteries. About seven MONTHS for I So Don't Do Spooky. Do I think I'll be able to write the current mystery in seven WEEKS? Uh, NO!!!
Oldest: Do you believe in ghosts?
Ms.Summy: Off the top of my head, I would say no. But....I've been wrong about so many things in life, that I guess I just don't know.
Angus chiming in during the reading of this interview: Goats? Goats! How can she not believe in goats! Who doesn’t believe in goats! That’s just silly!
Oldest wisely ignoring Angus: Well I don’t believe in ghosts but I believe in spirits.
Mom interrupts to ask what’s the difference between ghosts and spirits.
Angus butts in again: You don’t know the difference between goats and spirits? Woman, you call yourself our mother? Goats are furry and stinky and spirits are scary but can be stinky too.
Oldest: Now that Angus is grounded for calling Mom a woman, I can continue this interview.
Oldest: If you were Sherry would you say yes right away to do the mystery?
Ms. Summy: No, probably not. I'm not very brave. In fact, I'm not brave at all.
Oldest: What's the strangest thing that has ever happened to you?
Ms. Summy: I don't know if this is the strangest thing that ever happened to me, but it is strange and it's sort of connected to I So Don't Do Mysteries. I spent the night at the
Oldest: What are your favorite books that you would recommend to me to read?
Ms. Summy: Here are some books that I've recently read and loved:
Schooled by Gordon Korman
Al Capone Does My Shirts by Gennifer Choldenko
The Unnameables by Ellen Booraem
Oldest: What are you writing next?
Ms. Summy: I So Don't Do Makeup. Things are getting busy here as Random House has moved up the deadline date for the third mystery.
Oldest: That is so cool that I get to read two more books about Sherry! I So Can’t Wait!!!
Ms. Summy: Oldest, thank you so much for reading I So Don't Do Mysteries and saying such nice things about it. And thank you for this interview with its very interesting questions!
Oldest: You’re very welcome! I am recommending it to all my friends and you are now on my list of authors I absolutely must read!
So to everyone who has read this interview, this is a great book so please run out and buy it! I So Do Recommend It!