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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones.

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Gargoyles Don’t Drive School Buses (19)

The Gothic library in town is at risk of being torn down; its decorative gargoyles destroyed in the process. So who is this new bus driver really and why is he so intent on saving the old library?

Wizards Don’t Need Computers (20)

The new assistant librarian seems to be able to find any book with the snap of his fingers, even if the books had never been seen on that shelf before.

Mummies Don’t Coach Softball (21)

The substitute softball coach keeps getting injured and wrapped himself up like a mummy. Could the lost diamond from the Mummy of Doom be what he’s looking for?

Cyclops Doesn’t Roller-Skate (22)

An eye doctor comes to town to check the students’ eyes. His Greek accent makes him hard to understand and his diet of smelly goat cheese makes for a smelly interaction.

©Cori Endicott May/June 2013

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Zombies Don’t Play Soccer (15)

The kids’ new soccer coach is from New Orleans and she starts acting mighty strange after an encounter with a witchy-looking woman.

Dracula Doesn’t Drink Lemonade (16)

The new guidance counselor at the school who hates light and stays in the shadows, is always looking for a way to slake his thirst.

Elves Don’t Wear Hard Hats (17)

The children’s playground is going to be upgraded, but only if the parents can compromise. Can Christmas magic save this?

Martians Don’t Take Temperatures (18)

A random dust storm accompanies Bailey School’s newest nurse, who speaks in different measurements and has pictographs on her eye chart instead of letters. And the fact that she has never seen water before does make you question her origin.

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thornton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Books 11-14 Summaries:

Skeletons Don’t Play Tubas (11)

A new band teacher assigns instruments to kids who have no idea how to play them, except the tuba. The tuba is always wrapped around a skeleton and is heard being played at random times. Is the skeleton really playing the tuba?

Cupid Doesn’t Flip Hamburgers (12)

The new lunch lady is serving up heart-shaped everything. But every time she hands someone a special cookie and pins a heart on their shirt, they go lovesick.

Gremlins Don’t Chew Bubblegum (13)

The temporary secretary seems to be the cause of all the mechanical mishaps going on, and what’s with her charm bracelet? It seems like every time she touches something, a charm of whatever she touched appears on her bracelet.

Monsters Don’t Scuba Drive (14)

The kids are back at Camp Lone Wolf, this time for scuba and snorkeling lessons. Their instruction is a Scottish lass who loves the water, hates loud noises, and plays the bagpipes.

A/N: A quick word about Gremlins and Monsters: These were the two that I remember reading when I was little. I fell in love with this series and am glad I can read them all now!

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Books 5-10 Summaries:

Ghosts Don’t Eat Potato Chips (5)

Eddy’s deceased uncle may be leaving clues from beyond the grave to help out his surviving wife make ends meet.

Frankenstein Doesn’t Plant Petunias (6)

Mrs. Jeepers takes the class to a science museum whose caretaker looks an awful lot like he’s been stitched together, is afraid of fire, and the owner of the museum’s name is Dr. Victor.

Aliens Don’t Wear Braces (7)

New substitute art teacher is obsessed with bright colors because they don’t have these colors where she is from, as well as freaking out at the sight of blood, questioning “What is that red stuff?”

Genies Don’t Ride Bicycles (8)

The kids find an old bottle and when they open it, a foul smelling smoke comes out. Over the following days, they encounter a new resident, Eugene, and each time they wish for something it comes true.

Pirates Don’t Wear Pink Sunglasses (9)

The kids are back at Camp Lone Wolf this time to train for a rowing contest. Their professional instructor, Mr. Teach, who has spent his life at sea, becomes very suspicious when the kids find a treasure map in his sunglasses case.

Witches Don’t Do Backflips (10)

All the children have been signed up for gymnastics lessons. Their teacher has some suspicious quirks: created a beautiful gingerbread house that attracts kids, has an eerily old looking “family cookbook,” and when she speaks in rhyme, the rhymes come true.

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The Bailey School Kids series by Debbie Dadey and Marcia Thorton Jones

A/N: Because of the length of the series, there will be ongoing mini summaries of the books.

Books 1-4 Summaries:

Vampires Don’t Wear Polka Dots (1)

New teacher from Transylvania who is allergic to garlic…

Werewolves Don’t Go To Summer Camp (2)

Very hairy camp counselor who likes his meat very rare, but is allergic to wolfsbane and mistletoe…

Santa Claus Doesn’t Mop Floors (3)

New janitor…his eyes twinkle, beard as white as snow, shakes when he laughs, always making notes about how the children are behaving…

Leprechauns Don’t Play Basketball (4)

O’Grady likes to play tricks and always carries a bag of jewels around…

Opinion:

I had read some of these when I was in elementary school, and found some of them when I was browsing through a used book store. I researched the series (over 60 books in total!) and have started inter-library loaning them. One thing I really like about this series is at the end, there is never definitive answer on whether or not Mrs. Jeepers really is a vampire; O’Grady really is a Leprechaun, etc. It’s a fun, quick series that gives me a little bit of escape from my graduate textbooks!

© Cori Endicott March 8, 2013

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