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Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go (Ivy & Bean #2)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  2,546 ratings  ·  187 reviews
Now that Ivy and Bean are friends, they do gymnastics club together, sit together in Ms. Aruba-Tate's second grade, and tell each other their darkest secrets. And when Ivy discovers a ghost in the school bathroom, it will take both girls' courage and imagination to make it go away. Another entertaining installment in this series about two mischievous, funny, clever girls.
Hardcover, 136 pages
Published November 23rd 2006 by Chronicle Books (first published March 1st 2006)
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Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Parents; Kids
The title is a pun. The ghost does need to go (be expelled) but he or she is also living in the girls' bathroom, and therefore might have to go. GET IT?!!?! LOL

Ivy and Bean, best friends, face a new challenge when a ghost appears in the girls' bathroom of Emerson School.

Haha, not really. Ivy just doesn't want to admit that she doesn't know how to do a cartwheel, so she makes up a ghost to distract everyone. It's believable because there is a mist outside the bathroom sometimes, and it feels cold
Feb 03, 2013 Irene rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Not 1st graders, maybe 3rd graders if it's not too easy for them
Shelves: children
*** Warning: This review contains spoilers! ***

Two stars seems too low, but in Goodreads it's labeled as "it was ok", and that is how I feel about the book. (On Amazon, "It's OK" translates to 3 stars.)

First off, I have to give this book praise because it is the first chapter book that Isabelle read all on her own, cover to cover. She got it as a gift, and though she was at first indifferent to it, once she picked it up, she read the entire book in one sitting. She is now very excited to go back
Barbara Williams
I have to say, I am definitely lacking in my knowledge of easy chapter books, I honestly think the last time I read a book like this was first grade. This wasn't to say that I wasn't a big fan of these kind of books back then. Oh no, I remember hiding from my ridiculous brothers in my closet with the classic flashlight scenario, just so I could get some quiet THANK YOU VERY MUCH. But I was a fickle child. Once I moved up a reading level, I was all like, FUCK YOU, Ramona and Beezus, I'm too good ...more
I don't think their was really a ghost haunting the girls bathroom. It was probably just a cool gust of wind or a breeze. Who knows, it could be haunted. ...more
so far I like it but I dont have enough information to tell you about it.
Blair Herron
Transitional Reader Book:

I read the first book in the series for fun over the summer and since I enjoyed it so much I chose to read the second installment as my transitional reader book. The series follows two girls who are very different but still best friends, Ivy and Bean. They do have one very similar interest though and that is their love for mischief. In this book Ivy discovers a ghost in the girls bathroom at their school. She of course immediately tells Bean so that they can find a way t
It was a good story. Ivy and Bean found a portal at school, and saw a ghost come out of it. They tried to figure out how to get rid of the ghost. I liked it a lot. Very much.
Neither the character development nor the illustrations were quite as compelling as in the first book, but it remains head and shoulders better than those beginning-chapter book standbys, Magic Tree House and Junie B. Jones. Volume 2 does benefit from having a boy character appearing periodically, but the series probably remains too feminine with the partially pink cover to convince many boys to try it, which will certainly be their loss. Ivy and Bean remain two wonderful kids who overflow with ...more
i don't necessarily love these books for jayda, but they're not bad either. i think they're fun, imaginative stories for girls this age, but i'm not a fan of them doing mean things to other kids, even if said kid "deserves" it. i would much rather see them take the high road, or ignore the "bully." i guess as a mother, i just want the protagonist of a children's book to be someone that my kid can look up to, especially when it comes to attitude and behavior. it's hard enough just sending them to ...more
Barrows, A. (2006). Ivy and Bean and the Ghost That Had to Go. California. Chronicle Books, LLC.

Transitional Book

Significantly more text heavy than books like Gollie $ Bean, this early transitional chapter book is best suited for the late stage transitional reader. Type font remains slightly larger than what is found in trade books, spacing between lines is larger, and occasional drawings are present to ease the reader out of picture books and into trade books. The story would easily be a
Dorothy LaBar
Although Heidi enjoys the stories for the most part, we have way too many conversations about the poor behavior (e.g. cutting her sleeping sister's hair) and language ("shut-up!", etc) coming from Bean. These should be entitled "Ivy & Bean Can Be Quite Mean!". I think there are much better books out there if you want mystery that still manage to set a good example for kids (the original Boxcar Children set for one...warning: we find the "new" prequel to come short of the originals).
I was very disturbed about the story discussing graves under schools and ghosts that were miserable, sad, etc. Not exactly what I would call uplifting and appropriate reading for a my daugher who is 7 years old. Call me old fashioned (which is an oxymoron because I tend to me quite progressive) but this is just not something I want my little girl reading and I just threw it in the trash. Next time maybe I should read each book I buy for her ahead of time.
Maya Orama
The book that I read today was about two friends name ivy and bean ivy and bean go to a school that is right down the block near their house a boy name Louis in their class proclaimed that the bathroom is haunted by A ghost. Ivy and bean believes louis and wants to expel it from the bathroom. So, ivy and bean wants to make a potion that makes the ghost disappear. The ingredients to the potion is: markers , glitter , glue, pipe cleaners, beads, colored paper, feathers, and paint. When they finish ...more
I read this aloud to my 6 & 8 year old. I loved how it kept their attention because they were intrigued by the ghost, but I don't think the overall message of the book was great for their age. They pretty much lied about a ghost to all of their friends and went behind their dear teachers back to try and expell it. I think Katy Kazoo is a better choice for this age...
Kimberly Ward
I thought this book was inappropriate for the 1st and 2nd grade reader. In this book Ivy and Bean think there is a ghost in the school bathroom and the spot on floor is a portal to the underworld. I think that this book could scare some younger kids because the book never addresses that there really was not a ghost in the bathroom. Didn't like this one.
Alfreda Morrissey
The writing style is cute and funny. The characters are likable and quirky.

I read it to my girls age 4 and 6. It did manage to hold their attention, if we were in the car or waiting in line, but they did not beg for more. There as no suspense to keep them wanting to find out what happened next. They were disappointed that it didn't start off where the first one finished. In the first one, they were planning to make a potion at the end of the book. They asked me to get the second one, then it st
Chelsea Sweet
This book is a story about Ivy and her best friend Bean. They make up that there is a ghost in the girl’s bathroom to distract from the fact that Ivy can’t do a cartwheel. The rumor goes wild and soon the whole school believes that there is a ghost. The rest of the novel Ivy and Bean make potions and do other things to try to get rid of the ghost.

This is a good book for girls in 3rd to 5th grade. It is funny and is written like they would talk. It is a good book to get these students to start r
This second installment in the Ivy and Bean series is fine, but really nothing super special. The plot is a little thin, and my daughter didn't love the half-toned hijinks as much as the first one.
Isan mielikuvitus riistäytyy valloilleen kun jumppakerhossa pitäisi opetella kärrynpyöriä. Koulun vessan ovesta livahtaa ihan selvästi haamu ja harjoitukset on välittömästi pakko lopettaa. Eikä aikaakaan, kun koko koulu jo tietää, että haamulla on hehkuvat silmät ja valittava ääni eikä kukaan enää uskalla käyttää tyttöjen vessaa. Kun opettajat puuttuvat tilanteeseen, Isa ja Bea ymmärtävät heti mitä on tehtävä. Haamu on manattava pois vessasta takaisin hautaansa! Tähän tarvitaan vaikeasti valmist ...more
Ivy and Bean spread the rumor that there is a ghost in the girl's bathroom. After it gets back to the teacher, she tells them that while imagination is important "some stories can be harmful to others and that means we have to use our imaginations responsibly and respectfully." So Ivy and Bean decide to expel the ghost with a potion. Their final touch is to give the ghost presents for its trip back. They decide to flush them down the toilet. The toilet overflows and they lie to a teacher about w ...more
Ivy and her best friend Bean were doing cartwheels and backbends in the schoolyard when Ivy said she heard something in the bathroom stalls of Emerson School. Bean looked in the direction that Ivy was pointing. They had a Liquid Oath to tell each other every secret, so when Ivy tells everyone she sees a ghost; Bean is the first one to believe her. Pretty soon, all of the second graders were watching the cloudy, milky mist go in and out of the bathroom instead of playing at recess. The teachers d ...more
Nov 06, 2013 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
This is the second book in the Ivy & Bean series by Annie Barrows. We'd listened to one other story in the series and I wasn't overly impressed, but since it was close to Halloween and this book had a ghostly theme, I thought I'd give it another try.

We listened to this book narrated by Cassandra Morris on audio CD while we were on a long car drive to a national park. The story was engaging and entertaining, but I found myself being irritated with the characters in the story.

I think the mai
The Ivy + Bean series is my new comfort read for insomniac nights. It is truly amazing how much characterization and nuance Annie Barrows can pack into spare, unadorned prose suitable for early elementary school readers! The relationship between the girls is so great because they're opposites--a yin-yang of introvert-extrovert--but they accept each other's differences, enjoy each other's strengths and work together wonderfully well as a a mischief-making, fun-generating team. My personal favorit ...more
Where the first Ivy and Bean was a good home book, this one is a good school book. I really like Barrows' writing, especially her characterizations.

"'That's okay. Some people just can't see them,' said Ivy. 'Bean can.' / Bean nodded. Some people couldn't see them, but she could."
"[Bean] didn't like Drop Everything and Read anyway, except for the beginning, when she got to drop things."
"Ivy wasn't exactly crying, but her eyes were glittery."
Reetta Saine
Isan ja Bean ystävyys jatkuu.

Koulussa vierekkäisissä pulpeteissa istuminen sujuu, koska Isa puhuu vain hiljaa ja Bea puhuu kaikkien kanssa suurella äänellä - jopa itsensä. Opettajan hermo-parat.

Koululaisromaani, jossa revitellään niin opettajan kuin muiden oppilaidenkin kustannuksella. Osuvat kuvaukset naurattavat, ja jännitystä tuo vessan kummitus. Kuulostaa naiivilta, mutta oikeasti tunnelma muuttuu aika hyytäväksi - kiitos myös karkotusliemen.

Ihana sarja!
Erin Fowler
This book has mischief written all over it. Ivy and Bean are at it again. Ivy has a crazy imagination and tells all the second graders at Emerson School that there is a ghost in the recess bathroom. Very silly! I will admit that I cringed a bit when the girls flushed some things down the toilet. I hope my students don't get any ideas if they read this one.
The adventures continue in this second book about Ivy and Bean!

Ivy and Bean are convinced there is a ghost in the girls bathroom at school. And they convince other second graders as well. The two girls decide to send the ghost back to its grave.

Great beginner chapter book for younger readers or middle grade readers who struggle.
I enjoyed this book far better than the first. There was more cleverness than I expected--I especially enjoyed the puns! I can tell my kids get excited during the more imaginative parts. I wasn't sure I wanted to continue this series after the first book, but this sequel has convinced me to give it another shot.
Tiana Coffee
What I thought of of Ivy and Bean the ghost that had to go was I thought it was a really good book.I thought it was a good book because its a funny book and a really creative book the book it talks about a ghost being in the bathroom at Emerson School.When Ivy and Bean find out that there's a ghost in the bathroom they try to keep it a secret from there friends and then they also make a potion to expel the ghost.So thats what I thought of Ivy and Bean the ghost that had to go.
Read this kids book to see if appropriate for a five-six year old and it is very good for that age level. Going to read one more to make sure but they are cute books so far.
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Annie grew up in Northern California, and graduated from the University of California at Berkeley, with a degree in Medieval History. Unable to find a job in the middle ages, she decided upon a career as an editor, eventually landing at Chronicle Books in San Francisco, where she was in charge of "all the books that nobody in their right mind would publish." After earning an M.F.A. in Creative Wri ...more
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