March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round Up

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March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpMallory and the Trouble with Twins 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 #21
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: 160
Format: Paperback
Read in: March 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Mallory knows she's a good baby-sitter. She's been looking after her seven younger brothers and sisters for years. So when Kristy offers her a steady job baby-sitting for the Arnold twins, Mal thinks it'll be easy money.

The twins are cute in their little matching outfits. But once Mrs. Arnold leaves, Marilyn and Carolyn turn into twin terrors! They run around the house like spoiled brats, and Mallory can't even tell them apart.

Taking care of Marilyn and Carolyn is a baby-sitting nightmare. But Mallory's a responsible member of the Baby-sitters Club - and she's not giving up! - via GoodReads

4 Stars


I really am liking Mallory now that I’ve grown up a bit. She is so level headed. When she had issues with one of her charges the other members stepped in to help her out. It was nice to see her also gain a little independence. I remember being that age but unfortunately I wasn’t given any responsibility. I can appreciate where Mallory is coming from a little bit.


March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpJessi Ramsey, Pet-sitter 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 #22
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
Read in: March 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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The Mancusis don't have any kids...but they sure have a lot of pets! So when they're desperate for a sitter, whom do they call? The Baby-sitters Club!

Kristy's insulted. BSC members don't pet-sit. But Jessi's always liked animals, and she talks Kristy into letting her have the job.

With snakes on the loose and sick hamsters, Jessi has plenty of pet-sitting troubles. And the Baby-sitters aren't making life any easier for her when they get into a big fight.

Will Jessi be able to handle her pet-sitting job when things are going wrong with the baby-sitters, too? - via GoodReads

4 Stars


Another great book about Jessi. This one didn’t involve many KID sitting jobs but it did have lots and lots of animals. Today the Mancusis might come under some criticism for the amount of animals they have. Blissfully in 1988 Stoneybrook that isn’t a problem. Jessi continues to be an incredibly mature 12 year old. She was exactly the kind of girl I wanted to be at that age. I enjoyed this book a lot.


March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpDawn on the Coast 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 #23
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: 142
Format: Paperback
Read in: March 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Dawn can't wait for her trip to California. Besides all the sun and fun, it's her first visit since her brother, Jeff, moved back to live with their dad. California is better than Dawn ever remembered it. The beaches are beautiful, Disneyland is a blast, and Californians eat healthy food! Plus, Dawn's best friend, Sunny, has even started her own baby-sitting club. After one wonderful week, Dawn begins to think she might want to stay in California, like Jeff. Dawn's a California girl at heart-but could she really leave Stoneybrook for good? - via GoodReads

5 Stars


I LOVED this book. California was such a foreign place to me as a young girl. In my entire childhood we never traveled more than an hour in any direction. To spend a whole BSC book in California was awesome! (I’ve since visited CA.) I also really enjoyed seeing the comparison of Dawn’s east coast vs west coast life. I could also REALLY relate to Dawn having such a hard time feeling like she wanted to be in two places at the same time. I don’t know how at 13 she was able to make a decision even adults struggle with.


March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpKristy and the Mother's Day Surprise 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 #24
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: 160
Format: Paperback
Read in: March 2019
Source: Personal Collection
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Mother's Day is coming up and the Baby-sitters have the same problem they do every year: What do they get their mothers? Kristy, especially, wants to do something nice for her mom. Mrs. Brewer has been acting kind of strange and secretive lately, and Kristy's worried about her...

But then Kristy gets another one of her great ideas. Why don't the Baby-sitters treat their moms - and the mothers of the kids they sit for - to a day off without any kids around? The BSC plans a gigantic baby-sitting party. It's a Mother's Day surprise that couldn't be beat!

... Until Kristy's mom reveals a very special surprise of her own. - via GoodReads

4 Stars


This wasn’t one of my favorites but it does bring us Emily Michelle. It also made me realize just how hard Mother’s day must be in school when you have no mother (or an absent mother). In order to celebrate the mothers the BSC sits for they decide to do something similar to the summer day camp. I love how the girls got the dads to take care of lunches and transportation.


March 2019 Nostalgia Reads Round UpMary Anne and the Search for Tigger 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 #25
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: 160
Format: Paperback
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Mary Anne just loves her little kitten, Tigger. So when he disappears one afternoon, Mary Anne is a little concerned. The next morning Tigger is still missing. . .and Mary Anne is frantic. It's time for an emergency meeting of the Baby-sitters Club.

The girls pool together a reward for the return of Tigger, and they search everywhere for him. But there's still no sign of him. . .until Mary Anne receives a frightening letter int he mail. Someone has taken Tigger and Mary Anne must pay a hundred dollars to get him back.

Is this some mean practical joke. . .or has Tigger really been cat-napped? - via GoodReads

4 Stars


Normally I identify quite a bit with Mary Anne but this time around she was a bit too sensitive for my tastes. I’ve never had a pet like Tigger so I can’t 100% identify with what she was going through but it would be awful. That much I do know. Most of the book was spent with everyone rallying around Mary Anne and trying to find Tigger. Again with this book I had to giggle a little a bit at the total 80s-ness fiction because if I had pulled what Kerry had pulled you better believe I would have been whooped! There wouldn’t have been any understanding about keeping a pet that I knew was someone else’s.

Stephanie

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