7/19 Nostalgia Review Round Up

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7/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpJessi's Baby-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 #36
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: 137
Format: eBook
Read in: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Jessi can't believe it. Her dreaded Aunt Cecilia is moving in to take care of Jessi and her brother and sister. How humiliating--Jessi's going to have a baby-sitter!

Plus, Aunt Cecelia is a drill sergeant. She tells Jessi when to go to bed and how to wear her hair--and she even forbids Jessi to go to a Baby-sitters Club meeting.

Jessi knows she's old enough to take care of herself--but how can she tell Aunt Cecelia that? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I felt for Jessi in this one! I don’t know that I would have had the guts to go full on Parent Trap on a family member but I respect the urge to do so! I have to say that I’m surprised that rules weren’t explained or clarified before someone took over caring for children but then again it was family and free of charge so maybe that’s why everything happened the way that it did. Either way I really did like this book! I love the homey-ness of Jessi and her family!



7/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpDawn and the Older Boy 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 #37
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: 138
Format: eBook
Read in: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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When Dawn meets Travis, she knows he's the perfect boy for her. Travis is good-looking, he eats health food, he's from California, and he likes Dawn!

But Mary Anne and the rest of the Baby-sitters aren't sure about Travis. First of all, he's much older than Dawn. And they don't like the way Travis is always telling her what to do.

Does Travis like Dawn as much as he says he does? The Baby-sitters don't know--but they're not going to let Dawn get hurt by an older boy! - via GoodReads

3 Stars

I have never wanted to punch a guy (fictional even) more so than Travis. Poor Dawn didn’t even see that boy coming! I would 100% be a Richard in this situation! This tells me more about how my parenting skills would be derived from my father than I want to admit. But there you go. I just wonder if Dawn hadn’t seen Travis with another girl if she would have continued down that path. I’m really hoping Dawn remembers Travis and his creepy ass in the future!



7/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpKristy's Mystery Admirer 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 #38
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: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Of all the BSC members, Kristy's the last one anyone would expect to have a secret admirer. But someone is sending her mushy notes with hearts all over them!

Kristy and Shannon are pretty sure the letters are from Bart, Kristy's rival softball coach. But then the notes Kristy receives from her mystery admirer start getting a little weird. . .and creepy.

Is Bart pulling a practical joke on Kristy? Or do the strange notes mean something more serious? Only the Baby-sitters Club can find out! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

This book sort of returns us to the sweet storylines of the BSC! This book had a bit of a mystery side to it. Kristy has a sweet admirer that has started leaving notes for her. And then it gets creepy and not so sweet. I’m kind of surprised but Kristy kept quite a bit of the whole ordeal to herself, especially as it escalated. It wasn’t until her friends called her out that she confided in them entirely. It wasn’t terribly hard to figure out when the switch in the notes occurred but man did it remind me hardcore of the days when everything was so extreme! I am glad to see Shannon making more and more of an appearance in the BSC storyline!



7/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpPoor Mallory! 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 #39
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: eBook
Read in: July 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

There's some bad news in the Pike family: Mallory's dad has just lost his job. And since money is going to be tight until Mr. Pike finds a new job, all eight of the Pike kids decide to help out.
Nicky gets a paper route, Vanessa tries selling her poetry, and Mallory takes a baby-sitting job in Kristy's ritzy neighborhood. But being around the Delaney's only makes Mallory feel poor. they have a cat that cost $400 and tennis courts in their backyard!

Poor Mallory - she needs the Babysitters now more than ever! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I saw quite a bit of sarcasm on this subject on GoodReads. Clearly these reviews were written by people who have never had a caregiver who has suddenly lost a job. I think Martin did a good job covering the subject. Mallory didn’t over-react for a child her age. I would have been in the exact same spot. I think Mallory did a great job communicating with her family. Anytime a family goes from a comfortable income to no income it is scary. The more I read Mallory’s books the more I like them.

Now I will say in this book I had several eye rolling moments. The girls are now making up words and it just sounds so dumb. I’m trying desperately to remember if we did the same thing at that age. Instead of saying “far out” they call things “distant” to notate how cool something is. I can handle that….sort of. The one that got me was “dibbly” instead of “incredibly”. It just sounded so dumb. It was dibbly nice that she did that for me. *eye roll*

Stephanie

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