8/19 Nostalgia Review Round Up

Posted October 13th, 2019 by in *Review / 2 comments

8/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpCalifornia Girls! 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
Published by Scholastic Inc
Genres: Middle Grade, Contemporary
Pages: 256
Format: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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Who would believe it - the Baby-sitters have won the lottery! And with their winning money, the girls are all going with Dawn to... California!
What adventures they have. Jessi lands a (tiny) part in a TV show, Kristy gets into a kind-of-fight with Dawn's We Love Kids Club, and Stacey turns into a surfer girl! And in between all that excitement, they still have time for baby-sitting, sight-seeing, and the beach.

How can they go back to Stoneybrook now that they've turned into California girls? - GoodReads

4 Stars

I actually really did enjoy this Super Special. I think that for the most part the girls acted like most normal teenage girls would with a trip to California. This is so different from my childhood that taking a plane without an adult just seems like fantasy but I know it happens all the time. The only thing that got to me in this book is Mallory trying to change herself entirely. Also I’m probably imagining how badly it would have gone if (or maybe more accurately when) I would have done this and it just annoys me all the more. I get where she’s coming from because I was there but at 35 I am who I am and that’s is more than okay. I just wish Mallory knew that too.


8/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpClaudia and the Middle School 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 #40
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: 135
Format: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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For once, Claudia's studied really really hard for her math test. And when Claudia gets her paper back, it has an A - on it. All right!
But then, Claudia's math teacher calls her to his desk and accuses her of copying off of Shawna Riverson's test!

Claudia can't believe it. Neither can the Baby-sitters. Claudia would never cheat! And they're not going to rest until they help clear Claudia's name! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

This book really made me angry but mainly because I was mad for Claudia. Here this poor girl has been killing herself to get better grades and then the whole system fails her. I don’t know if this same situation would happen today but I can totally see it happening when I was in school. I’m just glad Claudia’s sister and her friends were behind her all the way. Of course, in the flair for the dramatic the girls go to extremes to try and prove Claudia’s innocence but again, I can remember those days and it doesn’t seem so far fetched. Lol.



8/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpMary Anne vs. Logan 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 #41
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: Contemporary
Pages: 137
Format: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Source: Personal Collection
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Lately, Mary Anne's been feeling like she and Logan are spending too much time together. They fight over silly things. And Mary Anne never gets to do what she wants to do--like read, and baby-sit, and be with her friends.

But when Mary Anne suggests that she and Logan see less of each other, Logan takes it all the wrong way. Could this really be the end for Mary Anne and Logan? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Oh young love. It is as intense in its ending as it is during its living. Mary Anne is the first (and only) girl in the BSC to have a serious boyfriend. You can’t miss this fact, they tell you in every single book while introducing Mary Anne’s character. This also means that Mary Anne is the first to open herself up to heartbreak. There’s a period in a relationship where you just take for granted that you have to be together and do the same things all the time. Mary Anne and Logan are awful young to fall into that and I loved that Mary Anne was willing to risk the pain of a breakup to make sure she was in a healthy relationship. The lesson here was pretty obvious.



8/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpJessi and the Dance School Phantom 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 #42
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: 166
Format: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Naturally, Jessi is thrilled when she earns the lead role her in dance school's latest ballet. But someone in class wants her out of the show. First Jessi's toe shoes are stolen. Then she gets all kinds of threatening messages!

What kind of ballerina would want to scare Jessi? The Baby-sitters don't know, but they're not going to let anyone get away with it for long. - via GoodReads

5 Stars

There is nothing more petty than a teenage girl who doesn’t get something she feels she deserves (except for grown ass women who didn’t mature beyond teenager mentality). Jessi works hard with practice and discipline in all aspects of her life in addition to her natural talent for dance. That dedication shows and its why she gets a lot of good parts at the dance company she takes lessons at. The BSC has Jessi’s back when she starts to get threatening messages. I love how close knit these girls are!

Stephanie

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2 Responses to “8/19 Nostalgia Review Round Up”

  1. Berls

    It’s so fun to see these books! I used to belong to a book mail club when I was like 8 – 10 years old and I think I read all the original series. Such a blast from the past!

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