4/19 Nostalgia Read Wrap Up

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4/19 Nostalgia Read Wrap UpBaby-Sitters' Summer Vacation 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
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 246
Format: Paperback
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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This summer, the Baby-sitters and a whole bunch of the kids they sit for are going to Camp Mohawk! With the girls as counselors-in-training, and the kids as campers, it'll be just like baby-sitting--in the woods!

The Baby-sitters soon discover that camp isn't just nature walks and making lanyards. Dawn gets lost in the wilderness overnight. Kristy learns how to use mascara, and Mary Anne gets caught sneaking over to the boys' side of the camp. Stacey spends the two weeks with poison ivy. . .and Claudia falls in LUV with a boy CIT.

This is one summer vacation the Baby-sitters will never forget! - via GoodReads

5 Stars

This is the second Super Special book and one that I’ve never read before. It was filled with typical summer camp experiences. I actually enjoyed some of the non-Stoneybrook campers too! Logan even had a section which was new and exciting!

I’m really enjoying reading these books in chronological order and not just by series. It really helps to fill in some of the cracks. I have to wonder though when they stop aging the girls or mentioning what grade they are in. Time is sort of a loose concept in these books. There have been more season changes than there have been years in school I think.


4/19 Nostalgia Read Wrap UpClaudia and the Sad Goodbye 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 #26
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
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 147
Format: Paperback
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Claudia has a sad good-bye to make. Her grandmother, Mimi, has just died. Claudia understands that Mimi was sick for a long time, but she's still mad at her grandmother for leaving her. Who will help Claudia with her homework...and share 'special tea' with her?

To keep from thinking about Mimi, Claudia spends all of her free time painting and baby-sitting. She's even teaching an art class for some of the kids in the neighborhood.

Claudia knows she has to let go of Mimi sometime. But how do you say good-bye to a special friend...forever? - via GoodReads

5 Stars

I really wasn’t prepared for Mimi to go. I know she was getting older and things weren’t easy for her since her stroke, but it was still hard. I can only imagine how Claudia felt after yelling at Mimi but I think that’s how a lot of family caregivers feel. It is not an easy job.

Martin dealt with the grief process well. I’ve been blessed and I have only lost a grandfather (in my 30s mind you) and the woman who was like a second mother to me. Even when you think you’re prepared, you aren’t. Not really.


4/19 Nostalgia Read Wrap UpJessi and the Superbrat 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 #27
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
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 135
Format: Paperback
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Stoneybrook has gone star-crazy! Derek Masters, an eight-year-old regular on a hit TV sitcom, has moved to town. Everyone's wondering what a real-live TV star will be like-will he drive to school in a limo?

Jessi can't believe it, but even stars need baby-sitters,and she's the lucky club member to watch Derek Masters. Even though a lot of kids at school call Derek a spoiled brat, Jessi likes him immediately.He rides bikes and eats junk food like a normal kid, but he has exciting stories about Hollywood, too!

Pretty soon baby-sitting and ballet are starting to look kind of boring next to TV scripts and cameras. Maybe Jessi would like to be a star, too! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

This one was interesting for me. I’ve never seen level-headed Jessi go off the deep end before. Could be because I didn’t get to read many of her books when I was a kid but it could also be that Jessi doesn’t get too deep into anything. She’s very practical and responsible at such a young age!

I feel like Derek got away with a lot because of his status. I don’t think I would have laughed over his big reveal but then again I do tend to be a bit uptight about things. Overall it was still a great book! I really enjoyed getting to see more of Jessi.


4/19 Nostalgia Read Wrap UpWelcome Back, Stacey! 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 #28
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
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 144
Format: Paperback
Read in: April 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Stacey's parents have been fighting a lot lately. Even so, she's still not prepared for the terrible news: her parents are getting divorced.

Not only is Stacey sad and angry, but now she has a big decision to make: Stacey must either stay in New York with her father, or move out with her mother. . .to Stoneybrook.

Could Stacey really leave the city, her father, her best friend Laine, and all that great shopping? But then again, how could Stacey pass up going back to her old school, all the kids in Stoneybrook. . .and the members of the Baby-sitters Club? - via GoodReads

5 Stars

Anne Martin hits with another tough issue (at the time) book. Stacey’s headed back to Stoneybrook but her family is split in two. Mom in Stoneybrook and Dad in New York. Divorce is never easy no matter how amicable the split is. I completely sympathized with Stacey throughout this book.

She has a lot of tough decisions thrown at her and at such a young age. I’m really hoping that she does well with the split. I think being in Stoneybrook and being able to visit her Dad and New York (two things she will love and miss) will help ease her pain a little.

Stephanie

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