9/19 Nostalgia Review Round Up

Posted October 24th, 2019 by in *Review / 1 comment

9/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpStacey's Emergency 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 #43
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: 139
Format: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
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Lately, the pressure's really been on Stacey. She hasn't been feeling well, her schoolwork and baby-sitting jobs are almost out of control, and she's sick of being in the middle of her parents' fights.

Then it happens: Stacey ends up in the hospital because of her diabetes. The Baby-sitters are worried. So is Stacey. Why are things always so hard? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

This book really drives home how hard a disease juvenile diabetes is to live with. I really felt for Stacey in this one. Yes she did things that she knew she shouldn’t but who among us hasn’t? I was grateful that my parents didn’t divorce until their children were grown. I imagine Stacey’s life could have very well been mine. Overall, I think the important lesson was that Stacey needed to have a serious conversation with her parents and that did eventually happen.



9/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpDawn and the Big Sleepover 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 #44
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: Paperback
Read in: September 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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A bunch of kids at Stoneybrook Elementary have pen pals at a school in New Mexico. The Baby-sitters love hearing the letters that Charlotte, Becca, and the Pike children get from their new friends.

Then the bad news reaches Stoneybrook: their pen pals' school has been destroyed by a fire. Dawn is so upset that she organizes a fund-raiser for them. And as a reward to all the kids who help out, she is going to throw a gigantic sleepover!

A hundred kids, thirty pizzas--will Dawn survive her biggest baby-sitting job ever? - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Poor Dawn! It is so easy to get wrapped up in a project and not realize the enormity of what it will take to see the project through. I easily fall into the category of jumping in first and not always making a plan beforehand. It happens even more easily when someone else benefits from the effort. All Dawn wanted to do was help but she had quite an enormous project on her hands. It was nice to see the BSC pull through for others and each other!



9/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpNew York! New York! 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: 241
Format: Paperback
Read in: October 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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The Baby-sitters have always wanted to be sophisticated New Yorkers like Stacey. Well, now here's their chance: Stacy has invited them all to the city for a vacation! In between shopping and seeing the sights, the Baby-sitters manage to have plenty of excitement. Jessi meets a boy ballerina, Claudia and Mallory take fancy art lessons, and Kristy makes a special friend. Dawn eats her way through the city, and Stacey and Mary Anne have a baby-sitting mystery. Is New York as good as they've always dreamed? You Bet! - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I particularly enjoy it when we get to see the BSC outside of Stoneybrook. Come to think of it I don’t think any of the Super Specials so far have actually been in Stoneybrook. In New York! New York! we get to see the girls a little more chill than when they were in California. That might have something to do with being closer to home. There wasn’t an overabundance of silliness in this book and it seems like there’s been a lot of that lately. It was nice to see the girls really in their element and having fun.



9/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpKristy and the Baby Parade 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 #45
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: October 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
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The Baby-sitters just love little babies. So of course Kristy has the great idea of entering a float in the Stoneybrook Baby Parade. All the girls have to do is round up a bunch of adorable babies like Squirt and Emily Michelle, dress them in costumes, and plop them on a float. Easy, right?j

Wrong. The float looks like a big orange blob, the costumes are hideous, and the babies won't stop crying. S.O.S.--the Baby-sitters' float is about to sink! - via GoodReads

This one was pretty interesting! It is the first time in memory (I’ve been at this for a year now so I could be wrong!) that something didn’t work out for the BSC. It was sort of refreshing to see that not every little aspect of their lives turned out a-okay. Of course there was a lesson to be learned but I think this book might have normalized the BSC for younger Stephanie growing up. It’s easy to think life can be just like fiction but harder to remember that fiction rarely resembles life.



9/19 Nostalgia Review Round UpMary Anne Misses 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 #46
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: 138
Format: Paperback
Read in: October 2019
Reading Challenges: 2019 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

It was good for Mary Anne and Logan to break up for a while. Mary Anne had some time to herself, and she's been having lots of fun with her friends. But now Mary Anne can't help it. She misses Logan.

When she and Logan are both assigned to study their favorite author, Mary Anne thinks it will be the perfect, most romantic way for them to get back together. Until Cokie Mason, Mary Anne's mortal enemy, decides to steal Logan from her! - via GoodReads

I really liked this one!! Mary Anne has grown so much and I love to see the books where she isn’t reduced to a sniveling bawl-baby for no discernible reason. That doesn’t mean that she didn’t cry; just that there was an understandable reason. I was actually pretty proud of her. Mary Anne had some hard issues (for her) and she worked through them and did what needed being done. It was wonderful to watch! There wasn’t a lot of baby-sitting in this one but apparently the Delaney’s moved. Sometimes the writers just kind of through that information out there. It always makes me wonder how the ghost-writing process worked back in the day.

Stephanie

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One Response to “9/19 Nostalgia Review Round Up”

  1. Jess C

    This post is bursting with nostalgia. I remember reading Stacey’s Emergency and learning about diabetes for the first time. I still have my copy of New York! New York!

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