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

4.07  ·  Rating Details ·  3,205 Ratings  ·  231 Reviews
Best friends Ivy and Bean are back and looking for adventure in the second installment of this engaging new series. This time they've made an amazing discovery a ghost in the school bathroom! Ivy and Bean can see its cloudy form and its glowing eyes. They can hear its moaning voice. This is the best thing that ever happened at school until the teachers find out. Now Ivy an ...more
ebook, 140 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Chronicle Books LLC (first published March 1st 2006)
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Feb 03, 2013 Irene rated it it was ok  ·  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
Andrea Medina
This book is about these girls that think that the school bathroom is haunted. They do all these crazy things just to prove that there's a ghost in the bathroom. I recommend this book to girls that like funny stories. I liked the part when she spilled the beans about the ghost and she started crying and told the teacher. Her friends weren't mad, she just thought that they were. I recommend this book to kids that like funny books.
Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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 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.
Joy Lee
Jan 28, 2016 Joy Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chapterbooks, 2016
아이비 앤 빈은 저학년 여자 아이 둘이 주인공인 만큼

읽기 쉬운 영어로 쓰여 있어 쓱쓱 읽기에 좋은거 같아요...

그 또래 여자 아이들이 읽으면 혼자 있을 때 상상으로만 떠올리고 지나쳤을 법한

아이들만의 기발한 생각들이 그대로 묘사되어 있어 공감하고 몰입하며 읽을 수 있겠다 싶었습니다.

그나이 또래의 공감은 아니겠지만 아..나도 어릴때 이런 비슷한 생각을 했더랬지 하며

저 역시도 흥미있게 읽어 내려 갔으니까요..

이 책이 어린 여자 아이들에게 인기있는 이유를 알겠더라구요..

다른 책이 잘 안 읽힐 때 그리고 짬짬이 짧은 시간이 주어질 때 섞어 읽듯 읽으면 좋겠다 싶었습니다.

잘 읽힌다는 기쁨과^^... 소소한 어린 시절의 추억들을 생각하게 하는 유쾌한 책이었습니다.
Kathleen Dixon
Jun 19, 2016 Kathleen Dixon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s
James and Zenobia and Ivy very much enjoyed the first book in this series, so what else should we do but read the second. They enjoyed this just as much, if not more. I think the haunted bathroom had much to do with how much the story was liked. For example, when I asked them what they liked about the book, these were the responses:
Ivy - I liked the haunted bathroom, and when Bean cut Nancy's hair.
Zenobia - I liked the haunted bathroom the best, and when Bean snipped Nancy's hair. I like the spo
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.
Oct 28, 2012 Alice rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 29, 2011 Blair Herron rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 14, 2014 Cbysea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: caia
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
Jul 18, 2012 Teresa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nicole Malen

Ivy and Bean: And The Ghost that Had to Go, by Annie barrows and Sophie Blackall, is a book for second to third grade students. Ivy and Bean, two very different second graders, are best friends; they are so close that they even take the ‘oath of liquids’ which means that they must tell each other everything. Because of this oath, Ivy must tell Bean her newest secret: she believes that the bathroom is haunted! After seeing the ghost, the girls work together to expel the ghost from t
Oct 05, 2014 Jrowe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: libs-642
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
Sep 24, 2012 Dorothy LaBar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kids-books
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).
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
Sep 30, 2012 Jenn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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...
Medeia Sharif
Oct 13, 2013 Medeia Sharif rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
What do two second graders do when they find out there's a ghost in their school bathroom? Mix potions and expel it, of course. This was a fun read. I could picture the rumors of a haunting spreading and the entire class watching and waiting outside the bathroom to see if the ghost was gone or not.
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.
Feb 02, 2015 Anu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 29, 2013 Diane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2013
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
Nov 14, 2012 Kelsey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 liked it  ·  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
Elise G
Jan 20, 2016 Elise G rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I loved the book because ghosts are cool to me and I am scared of going in haunted bathrooms just like Ivy & Bean. I'm kind of in common with them but my mom says there's no such thing as ghosts. The main person of the story was Ivy & Bean. My favorite part of the book was when Ivy & Bean went in the haunted bathroom & flushed the haunted presents down the toilet & when Ivy poured all the potion around the edges & when Mrs. Noble jumped back from the toilet water coming o ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Ariel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg
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
Jul 29, 2014 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2014, mg
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."
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