December 2020 Nostalgia Review Round Up

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December 2020 Nostalgia Review Round UpGet Well Soon, Mallory! by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #69
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Contemporary
Pages: 137
Format: eBook
Read in: December 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Mallory hasn't been feeling well for awhile now. And finally she discovers why she's been so tired and run-down. Mallory has mono.
Having mono means staying in bed and resting - for a long time. No school, no activities, no baby-sitting, and no Baby-sitters Club.

Mallory is crushed. So are the Baby-sitters. It's bad enough that Dawn is away in California. But now it looks like Mallory's out of the club, too. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

Mallory’s mystery illness is finally revealed. I’ve suspected mono for the last few books. I had a classmate get it when we were in high school. She was out of school for a month but I had no idea how physically draining it was. I really felt bad for Mallory. I’m hoping she doesn’t have to stay out too long but now the BSC is really in a pinch! I really did enjoy the Thanksgiving dinner part of Get Well Soon, Mallory!

December 2020 Nostalgia Review Round UpStacey and the Cheerleaders by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #70
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Children's Books, Contemporary
Pages: 141
Format: Paperback
Read in: December 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Stacey starts dating a jock basketball player and falls in with a super-cool crowd, including the cheerleaders who ask her to try out for the squad. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

This one was kind of heavy handed in the morals lessons and shows a little bit how the Millennial generation was set up to believe we were capable of anything and that the world was equal for everyone. This book takes on the special treatment the basketball team and the cheerleaders receive and how unfair it is to the non-athletic students. This is a BSC book so naturally changes are made to make everything fair.


December 2020 Nostalgia Review Round UpDawn and the Surfer Ghost by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Children's Books, Contemporary
Pages: 145
Format: eBook
Read in: December 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Back in California for the surfing competition, Dawn must soon solve a mystery involving a missing surfer, a mangled surfboard, and a ghost who surfs at night. - via GoodReads

4 Stars

I really enjoyed this one! Again the girls aren’t doing stupid things to try and solve a mystery. Dawn remains pretty level-headed. We also get to experience Dawn in CA with her friends and the BSC back in Stoneybrook is still involved too. Instead of notebook entries there are snippets of letters back and forth between Dawn and the BSC. The mystery was fairly easy to solve but motive was not. Overall this was one of the more fun mysteries.


December 2020 Nostalgia Review Round UpClaudia and the Perfect Boy by Ann M. Martin
Also by this author: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Series: The Baby-Sitters Club #71
Also in this series: Kristy's Great Idea, Baby-Sitters on Board!
Published by Scholastic Press
Genres: Children's Books, Contemporary
Pages: 149
Format: eBook
Read in: December 2020
Reading Challenges: 2020 GoodReads
Source: Personal Collection
Add to: Goodreads

Wishing that she had a boyfriend, Claudia starts a personals column in the school newspaper in the hope of finding the "perfect boy." - via GoodReads

3 Stars

I struggled with this one a bit. I honestly didn’t enjoy Claudia being a matchmaker. I liked how she helped kids like Sean who probably really needed a therapist. I liked how Claudia did make some good matches. I don’t know why I didn’t like this book as much except that I felt like Claudia came across as quite shallow and her expectations were pretty high. Perhaps this happens when a 36 year old reads a book aimed at middle schoolers. Lol

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve read it and the memories are a bit foggy. I also feel badly that Claudia experienced some creep who was only interested in her because of his perceived ideas of how she would be as a person solely based on her race. I do think Martin made some excellent points there!

Stephanie

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