January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round Up

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January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpBaby-Sitters on Board! by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 224
Format: Paperback, eBook
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Kristy, Mary Anne, Stacey, Claudia and Dawn are the luckiest baby-sitters in the world. This summer they're going on the greatest trip ever: a plane ride to Florida, a boat trip around the Bahamas, and then three days of fun - in Disney World!

Of course they have a million adventures. Claudia gets notes from a mysterious "Secret Admirer." Kristy, Mary Anne, and Stacey make some unusual new friends. Dawn has her first real romance. And they still have time for what they like best of all - baby-sitting. - via GoodReads

5 Stars


Oh my goodness! I loved this book so much!! It was SO innocent and reminiscent of my childhood and you could totally tell it was pre-9/11. Some of the things they talk about on the flight definitely do not happen now. It also REALLY reminded me of all the teenage thoughts and feelings about romantic love and how super important it is at that age. Also I’m sure this is because I was completely awkward around boys but the idea of just walking down a beach and just staring at each other really weirds me out. It does now and it does then. I’m not good at the staring deep into eyes thing. Regardless, I really enjoyed this book and it had me smiling so much throughout.


January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpGood-bye Stacey, Good-bye by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #13
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 142
Format: Paperback, eBook
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Oh no! Stacey McGill is moving back to New York! That means no more Stoneybrook Middle School, no more Charlotte Johanssen, and worst of all... no more Baby-sitters Club!

Stacey's friends are crushed when they hear that Stacey's moving, Claudia most of all. Stacey was her first best friend.

How will the BSC cope without Stacey? What kind of going-away present is good enough for someone as special as she is? But most important... who is going to be the next member of the Baby-sitters Club? - via GoodReads

4 Stars


To be honest this book always caused a little bit of an issue for me. I couldn’t agree with Stacey about her reaction for moving back to New York. I suppose that as a child she really didn’t have a say in the matter and it was better to be excited rather than devastated. I think Ann M. Martin did a good job reflecting the back and forth emotions that go hand in hand with a move. I felt really bad for Claudia because she was losing a best friend. Back in 1988 moving was a much bigger deal than it is now. There wasn’t social media or video chats or any of the things that allow us to stay close now. It was good ol’ USPS and the telephone which was tethered to a wall. The club has made the girls closer so I think that Claudia won’t feel the loss quite as acutely than if the club didn’t exist.


January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpHello, Mallory by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #14
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 136
Format: Paperback, eBook
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Mallory Pike has always wanted to be a member of the Baby-sitters Club--they're so much fun to be around, and she's practically a baby-sitter already. Now the club members have invited Mallory to a meeting. This might be her big chance!

But the BSC isn't making it easy--they make Mal feel like a baby on a job, and make her take an impossible written test. Mallory's beginning to think she doesn't want to be a part of the BSC . . . or maybe she and her new friend Jessi should start a club of their own. It's time to show those Baby-sitters what a couple of new girls can do! - via GoodReads

4 Stars


I’m just going to say it: the girls in the Baby-Sitters Club were bitches in this book! I kind of have a feeling I would have been the same way and I think that’s what makes me angry. Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Dawn were actually pretty awful in this book and I’m really glad that they got called out on it. Seriously in the past (I know I have had to have read this one at least once before!) I didn’t give Mallory enough credit. She not only didn’t take their shit but she called them out on it too. THEN she went on ahead and formed her own damn club. Granted it was only ever her and Jessi’s parents they had as clients but I know at eleven years old I wouldn’t have had the guts to do it. I really admired her this read through.


January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpLittle Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #15
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Lately, it seems like each of the Baby-sitters besides Dawn has been singled out . . . and she's a little jealous. But now it's Dawn turn to shine: Mrs. Pike has asked her to help prepare Margo and Claire for the Little Miss Stoneybrook contest!

Dawn's going to do everything she can to help her charges win, even if Margo's only talent is peeling a banana with her feet. But then Kristy, Mary Anne, and Claudia are helping Karen, Myriah, and Charlotte enter the contest, too. It's hard to tell whether the competition is firecer at the pageant--or in the BSC! - via GooodReads

4 Stars


This book had me laughing quite a bit! I’ll also admit to rolling my eyes more than once. Mallory and Jessi did get a *bit* preachy in this one but I understand. Beauty pageants for little girls has definitely always been a bit of hot topic. This book was originally published in 1988 and Jon Benet’s murder hadn’t happened yet. I think there’s always been a sense of unease surrounding these pageants. I have never been in one and don’t know any little girl that has so I can’t give an opinion one way or the other. I liked how Martin showed how quickly the competitiveness ramped up. I think that this occurs in almost anything a child is involved in be it sports or pageants. I really also liked that she kept it pretty down to earth as far as the aftermath.


January 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpJessi's Secret Language by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #16
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 145
Format: Paperback
Read in: January 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Jessi knows a secret language! She learned it from Matt Braddock, the BSC's newest charge. Matt's been deaf since birth, and he uses sign language to speak. Since Jessi is Matt's baby-sitter, she has to use sign language, too.

Soon all the kids in Stoneybrook want to learn to sign... which keeps the members of the Baby-sitters Club busy. Jessi's the busiest of all: she's working on another super secret, just for Matt.

Will Jessi be able to keep the secret and pull off her special event? Of course she will - she's a member of the Baby-sitters Club! - via GoodReads

5 Stars


Guys! True story here Jessi Ramsey and her family were my first introduction to a black family. I grew up in a town where we had one (maybe two? Definitely only one by the time I can remember concretely) black family. One. Our town was small with only 3,000 people but you would think it would have been just slightly more diverse. Any way I didn’t have much diversity in my life during my growing up. Jessi Ramsey was an introduction if you will to something other than TV families. I adored this book because it showed me something that was totally different and yet fundamentally the same. I feel like in a predominantly white Midwest small town this was extremely important. It challenged things that I had heard. It expanded my horizons a little. Would I ever know Jessi? No, obviously, she isn’t real. But if I can see myself in Kristy or Mary Anne or Mallory and I can also see myself in Jessi then maybe we weren’t very different at all.

Besides that SUPER important lesson in my childhood, reading it again as an adult was a joy. I really like the parts of ballet that Jessi shares in her story. Jessi is also a reader and an oldest sibling. I really loved that she was able to work so hard to be not only Matt’s sitter but also able to really share the hearing world with Matt. Jessi’s Secret Language was a great book and I’m really looking forward to actually completing this series challenge because I don’t know if I ever read another of Jessi’s books past this one. (Small town library pre-library loan days.)

Stephanie

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