6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round Up

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6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round UpKristy and the Secret of Susan 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 #32
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: eBook
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Kristy's newest baby-sitting charge is Susan Felder, who goes away to a special school. Susan isn't like most kids. While she can play the piano and sing beautifully... she can't talk to anyone. Susan is autistic. She lives locked inside her own secret world.

Kristy thinks it's unfair that Susan has to be sent off to school and is treated differently from everyone else. But Kristy's going to try to change that--by showing everyone that Susan's a "regular" kid, too. And then maybe Kristy's new friend can stay in Stoneybrook for good. - via GoodReads

3 Stars

Sometimes I have to stop and remind myself that these books were written in the late 80s/early 90s. Kristy means well but I found her to be pretty condescending towards Susan’s parents throughout the book. You could also tell that she was being pretty naive. Susan is Kristy’s charge through this book and Susan is autistic. Kristy makes some pretty harsh judgements about how Susan’s parents have decided to care for her.

In the end, Kristy did have a come to Jesus type meeting with Susan’s father and it all ended pretty well. Really that should have been expected but I was still glad to see the subject addressed.


6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round UpClaudia and the Great Search 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 #33
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: 144
Format: eBook
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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It's no secret that Claudia and her sister are different. For one, they don't look alike at all. Claudia loves her wild clothes and funky jewelry, and Janine dresses. . .well, kind of nerdy. Janine is a genius, and Claudia brings home C's--when she's lucky.

Claudia opens the family photo album to see what she and her sister looked like when they were little. But there are hardly any baby pictures of Claudia! And when she goes searching for her birth certificate and birth announcement in the newspaper, Claudia can't find them.

Is Claudia Kishi who she thinks she is? Or is there something her parents aren't telling her? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

My heart breaks for Claudia a bit in this one. I think at some point in our lives (usually when we are pumped FULL of hormones) we look around at our family and cannot find ourselves in them. It’s disconcerting at any age. There have been times in my adulthood where I’ve felt on the outside of things. The problem for Claudia was that she was only taking into consideration the evidence that supported her theory. There was a lot she was missing and naturally all of it came to light by the end of the book.


6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round UpMary Anne and Too Many Boys 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 #34
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: eBook
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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It's Sea City Part II when Mary Anne and Stacey return there as mother's helpers for the Pike family. The girls can't wait to catch some rays, stroll along the boardwalk...and baby-sit, of course!

But neither of them expects to meet up with her boyfriend from last summer. And to further complicate things, little Vanessa Pike has a crush on the cashier at Ice-Cream Palace--only he has a crush on Mallory!

Will a summer romance come between Mary Anne and Logan? Will an older boy break Vanessa's heart? Only one thing's for certain: There are too many boys in Sea City! - GoodReads

5 Stars

Funny how a year apart from someone can either really deepen your feelings for that person or really cool them down. The title “Mary Anne and Too Many Boys” is SO misleading. It’s one boy besides Logan. I feel like dating in fiction is different than it is in real life. Maybe I’m just very conservative or it’s a Midwest thing but I’ve never heard of anyone going on dates with multiple people at a time and being so casual about it. I could be very wrong about that but that has been my experience.

Regardless, it was actually really nice to see Mary Anne work through her own feelings on the subject and make a decision that best suited her and her situation.


6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round UpStacey and the Mystery of Stoneybrook 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 #35
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: 146
Format: eBook
Read in: Personal Collection
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Unlike Claudia and Dawn, Stacey's never been much for mysteries and ghost stories. But when she and Charlotte Johanssen hear terrible noises coming out of the old Hennessey place, Stacey thinks the BSC definitely has a mystery on its hands.

Mallory claims the house once made her have a horrible nightmare. And Kristy discovers that it was built on top of a graveyard!

Does Stoneybrook have a real, live haunted house? The Baby-sitters are going to find out--no matter how scary it might be! - GoodReads

4 Stars

I’m really liking the BSC books with touches of the paranormal or a mystery. Sure by the end of it everything is explained and all have a good chuckle about it but I really enjoy it while its happening. Honestly, I was surprised that this book would be Stacey’s book because she’s so level-headed and grounded. I could have seen this being more of a Claudia or Dawn storyline. The fact that it was Stacey just made it all the more fun!


6/19 Nostalgia Read Review Round UpBaby-sitters' Island Adventure 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: 226
Format: eBook
Read in: June 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Dawn and Claudia have a perfect day planned. They've invited Dawn's brother and three other kids to join them on a sailing race out to Greenpoint Island. The girls have even packed a picnic lunch for the adventure.

But then a big storm blows up in the middle of the race. And Claudia and Dawn and the kids never return from the island.

The Baby-sitters can't believe it's true--two of their members are missing! - via GoodReads

3 Stars

I struggled with The Baby-Sitters’ Island Adventure hardcore. I just could not bring myself to care much about it. Once I forced myself to get busy with it, it wasn’t too bad. I’m having struggles with the “reality” part of the books. I think this is part of the trap of being an adult, reading books from my childhood, and trying to love them the same way. I just cannot imagine that any mother would let their 4 year old on a boat where the oldest person is 13/14. Is this a thing on the coastal states? Maybe because I’m landlocked this seems banana pants to me.

Either way, it was still a pretty decent read once I got through it. Not my favorite; not the worst. It was very middle of the road for me.

Stephanie

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