February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round Up

Posted March 4th, 2019 by in *Review / 2 comments

February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpMary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Baby-Sitters on Board!, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #17
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 140
Format: Paperback
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Mary Anne should never have thrown away that chain letter she got in the mail. Ever since she did, bad things have been happening - to everybody in the Baby-sitters Club. With Halloween coming up, Mary Anne's even more worried - what kind of spooky thing will happen next?

Then Mary Anne finds a new note in her mailbox: Wear this bad-luck charm, it says. OR ELSE. Mary Anne's got to do what the note says. But who sent the charm? And why did this person send it to Mary Anne?

If the Baby-sitters don't solve this mystery soon, their bad luck might never stop! - via GoodReads


Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery by Ann M. Martin didn’t do a lot for me and I have to remind myself that I am a 34 year old woman reading books for tweens. The girls acted like such pre-teens and for some reason that got to me this time. I think it’s because it took Mary Anne an exaggeratedly long time to figure out what was going on. Mary Anne is not a stupid girl but this book kind of made her seem that way. While I completely understood the joy of the cemetery scene at the end it really showed some immaturity. I think that annoys me because I remember being 13 and thinking like that and I just want to go back and kick myself. I’m sure that’s why this one just wasn’t as good for me.


February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpStacey's Mistake by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Baby-Sitters on Board!, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #18
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 145
Format: Paperback
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Stacey invites her Baby-sitters Club friends down to New York City for a long weekend. Everything is planned perfectly--a party Friday night, a baby-sitting job on Saturday, and lots of sightseeing. But what a mistake. The Baby-sitters are way out of place in a big city. - via GoodReads


Stacey’s Mistake by Ann M. Martin was another entry in the Baby-Sitters Club that I really enjoyed. The BSC heads to NYC! I have to admit that I would be torn between acting like Dawn and Mary Anne; constantly paranoid and yet in complete awe during every waking moment. Stacey’s Mistake brought back the level of maturity I am used to seeing in this series. Yes there were issues among the girls but this is stuff that is relatable and not necessarily flawed thinking. To me the idea of children walking even younger children around New York City is banana pants. I was incredibly sheltered and rest assured this would have NEVER happened. The 80s were a different time but I also wonder if this is actually realistic or fictionalized just a bit to make the book work.


February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpClaudia and the Bad Joke by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Baby-Sitters on Board!, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #19
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 141
Format: Paperback
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Claudia's not worried when she hears her newest baby-sitting charge, Betsy Sobak, is a great practical joker. After all, how much harm can one little girl do?

Plenty. Claudia breaks her leg as a result of one of Betsy's mean joke... and now she's talking about quitting the club. "Baby-sitting," she says, "is just too dangerous." Kristy thinks Betsy needs to be taught a lesson. She also thinks the Baby-sitters are just the ones to do it.

Watch out, Betsy Sobak! The joke war is on! - via GoodReads


Normally the BSC books make me gooey and mushy for days gone by even though I know they weren’t as wholesome as Martin writes them. This book, for whatever reason, takes the cake for me!! Imagine a routinely obnoxious prank-pulling child pulls a stunt that breaks her sitter’s leg today. Do you think that child’s mom is just going to try and write it off as NBFD?! Or that the sitter’s parents would even let the child’s parent try to act like this kind of stuff happens all the time and isn’t it unfortunate? To be honest, I don’t think it would have then either but what do I know? I was only 4 when this book was published. Regardless, I think Claudia had a very valid response to having a child she was sitting for break her leg; whether that was what was intended or not. I have to say though that I agree with her decision. You can’t let one accident stop you from doing the things you love. I would never put myself in the same position and woulddn’t let my friends either. I wonder if Betsy is ever addressed again after this book??


February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpKristy and the Walking Disaster by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Baby-Sitters on Board!, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #20
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls, Good-bye Stacey, Good-bye, Hello, Mallory, Little Miss Stoneybrook...and Dawn, Jessi's Secret Language
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 140
Format: Paperback
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

They're lean, they're mean, they're the pride of Stoneybrook. Who are they? They're Kristy's Krushers. When Kristy sees how much her little brothers and sister want to play on a softball team, she starts a ragtag team of her own. Maybe Kristy's Krushers aren't world champions (how could they be, with Jackie Rodowsky, walking disaster, playing for them?), but nobody beats them when it comes to team spirit. - via GoodReads


Another feel good read from Martin. So much of these books brings back a childhood that is so drastically different from today. I imagine every generation goes through this. Almost the entirety of this book was focused on Kristy’s Krushers and not much else. To be honest, even the other sitters don’t make much of an appearance in this book. It was okay because the story moved quickly enough that it wasn’t noticeable except in hindsight. I was sort of surprised to find Bart so early in the series. These books really lighten my weeks and put a silly smile on my face.

Stephanie

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2 Responses to “February 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round Up”

  1. Lover of Romance

    oh these books give me such good memories of my childhood. Have you heard that Netlix is turning some of these books into a TV show? Should be fun to see what they do with it.

    • Stephanie

      They are a great palate cleanser to be sure. It reminds me so strongly of my childhood and the seemingly more relaxed times. I did! I just canceled my subscription but I may have to renew for that reason alone! Lol I do know they are modernizing it to appeal to this generation as well. I’m hoping it doesn’t ruin it for the OG fans.

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