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Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin | Estelle Reviews

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin ( facebook ) Publication Date: October 7, 2014 Publisher: Macmillan/Feiwel and Friends Pages: 240 Target audience: Middle grade Keywords: Aspergers, OCD, hurricane, family, dogs Format read: ARC paperback from Macmillan. (Thanks!) Summary: When a hurricane hits inland, Rose’s best companion — her dog named Reign — goes missing. What happens […]

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October 19, 2014 - 3:32 pm

Cassie G - Like you, I’ve got the nostalgia for Ann Martin’s books. I think I read them all when I was younger. I didn’t know she was still writing (though now that I think about it, it doesn’t really make sense that she would stop. I think I just forgot about her as I grew up), but your review makes me want to go find a copy! I love that it explores children with support needs, as that doesn’t seem to be a heavily covered subject.

October 15, 2014 - 4:54 pm

Alexa S. - I really, really enjoyed Rain Reign! There’s just something magical and comforting about Ann M. Martin’s writing. And I adored Rose Howard, who’s spunky and smart and all sorts of wonderful in her way. So glad you liked this one too!

October 14, 2014 - 11:26 pm

candy - Thanks for the wonderful review. While I don’t know if I would read it because I usually read upper YA,I am considering it. However I am pretty sure my son would read it. He had to read Mockingbird a in 7th grade (he’s now in 9th) and loved it.Though I don’t think he has Asperger’s though he may be very high on the spectrum but not enough for a diagnosis he did come home after the teacher introduced the book and explained Asperger’s to them and told me what she described sounded like him and it was always a thought imy head that he could be but I never told him that,but my twin sister’s son does have Asperger’s and my son isn’t quite like him.My son does have social issues that he seems to be growing out of this year and slightly ODD on a few things he would always have just one thing he played with in each stage of his life and only be able to play with one friend at a time again that is finally changing this year and both my kids don’t know when and what is appropriate or inappropriate to say in public but growing up I had that issue too.Anyway like I said thanks for the review I will pass this information to my son and may read it myself.And oh,I totally get the hurricane thing I live in South Central Louisiana and we’ve seen our share of hurricanes hitting us or near hits.I would be happy to not ever have another one but I guess it comes with the territory. My kids and my family laugh at me bc I’m terrified of anything Cat 3 or higher bc I was traumatized by Hurricane Andrew. My 2 siblings and mom slept through the worst of it I however clawed my dad’s arm all night in fear bc I couldn’t sleep it was too loud and then we were following it on the radio and it spawning tornadoes like crazy just south of us then they lost it bc it unexpectedly turned east right before hitting us head on unfortunately where it turned put it in the path of my grandparents and cousins but thank God they were ok.Yes I’m rambling so I tend to do that.

October 14, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Asheley (@BookwormAsheley) - I loved this book! I think you hit the nail on the head with all of your points on this review. I love that Rose is the one telling her story and that we are able to see the heartbreaking side of things and also how she is far more able to deal with things than people assume. I did have to read this one in small doses to begin with because Rose is such a BIG character – eventually that is what I grew to love about her, but it took me a little bit to adjust to that (:

October 14, 2014 - 10:49 am

Brianna - I loved the BSC when I was a kid. I got to meet Ann M. Martin once and didn’t know what to do with myself. This sounds a bit like the MG version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in Nighttime. Thanks for sharing your review.

Shelve It: Obsessed With the Library

HAPPY SUNDAY! Did you guys have the best weekend? I sure hope so. I’m writing this early so I’m trying to predict the future. I am going to have fun catching up with Maggie on Saturday afternoon. I will read two of my library books and one of my actual review copies. I’ll be sure […]

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November 23, 2014 - 12:01 am

Shelve It: The Attack of the Pear, Estelle - […] books, and I’m so glad my hair looked decent enough to make this Shelve It video — it has been awhile! I have lots of fun books to share, and also a story about the latest library book I took out. […]

October 9, 2014 - 9:00 am

Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel by Sara Farizan - […] and never get to because after all this time, I still have not read her debut. (Don’t worry; I have it out from the library right now.) So Tell Me Again How a Crush Should Feel was my first taste of her work and I totally get what […]

October 8, 2014 - 11:39 pm

Alexa S. - YOU LOOK SO CUTE! I really love the haircut, and I really like your dress too! Also, I really loved Rites of Passage! I hope you enjoy it as much as Magan, Rachel and I all did (and I’ll be curious to hear what you think when you’re done). Also, I just read and loved Rain Reign! Rose Howard is a great heroine 🙂 AND, finally, I’m still sad about missing that event (though obviously hanging out with husband at DISNEY was the best excuse ever!) because it sounded so darn fab. Glad you had a good time!

October 7, 2014 - 12:32 pm

Jess @ Gone with the Words - First, your hair DOES look totally cute! And alone would be my main requirement if I ever decided to do videos. I also LOVED How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky so I hope you like it! And I really want to read a Kieran Scott book soon because you love her. 🙂

October 6, 2014 - 11:30 am

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Your hair and your outfit do look cute! And yay for library love. But those covers do make it difficult to show them in a video. The lights glare off them.

I really thought Bright Before Sunrise was adorable. I really liked it. I hope you do too, and all your other books.

Happy reading, Estelle.

October 6, 2014 - 12:40 am

Melissa @ Writer Grrl Reads - so worth the wait — you’re adorable, as always! I’m waiting for my library to get Rites of Passage, because I keep hearing good things :). I just started the Throne of Glass series this week, and am LOVINGLY it so far!

October 5, 2014 - 11:10 pm

Liz - I love your my hair looks cute and I’m wearing a dress logic for vlogging–I feel the same way! I also have How To Tell Toledo From The Night Sky out from the library–I’m reading it now and it’s a little bizarre but good! Bright Before Sunrise didn’t really work for me but a lot of other people have loved it, so I hope you feel the same way. Happy reading!

October 5, 2014 - 6:52 pm

Jessica - Oh my gosh, I’m so jealous you got Wildlife! It’s still on order from my local library at school, but I already have it reserved for when it does finally come in. I went home over the weekend and it was actually in at my library there, but it would have been due way before I went home again in November, so I couldn’t take it. Ugh, I just want to read it! Haha, I hope you enjoy it!! I’ve heard Rites of Passage is fantastic and actually won a copy that should be on its way to me, so I can’t wait to read that one too! I hope you enjoy all you got 🙂

-Jessica (Peace Love Books)

October 5, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Brianna - I’m reading The Curse of Van Gogh by Paul Hoppe for my fun book. Everything else is for school, and while not boring for me, would be dullsville for everyone else.

October 5, 2014 - 10:59 am

Missie - All of your new ones are new to me! Excited for your reviews!
Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

October 5, 2014 - 9:24 am

Leah - VERY cute hair! SUUUUPER cute dress! hee, I’m glad you mentioned it – I was actually going to comment on it and ask if it was a shirt or a dress. ♥ I’m crazy about florals right now.

I really enjoyed Bright Before Sunrise! It was my first One Day novel (is that the right term?? idk). I wasn’t too sure how I’d enjoy a story told in 24 hours – especially when there’s a romance involved – but it was good!

Fingers crossed for Wildlife, it’s one that had been on my To Read list for a while & YES for all the LGBT novels coming out! Really looking forward to your thoughts on it.


Happy Birthday, Dawn Schafer (+ Giveaway!)

I’ve been a loyal fan of the Baby-Sitters Club series since my parents bought me a four-pack of the books back when I was in elementary school. One of my best Christmases ever! But for some reason, even though I was nothing like her, Dawn became my absolute favorite member of the club. Introduced in […]

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February 11, 2014 - 11:36 pm

Natalie @ Books, etc. - Love this post, Estelle! And hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present I ever received was an e-reader, right when they first came out! I remember watching the Ellen show one day after school and saw it on there, and I begged my parents forever. I ended up getting one for my birthday!

February 11, 2014 - 10:56 pm

Hannah @ So Obsessed With - I think one of the most thoughtful (funniest) birthday gifts I’ve ever received was when I turned 21. I don’t drink, so Nick (in addition to his actual gift) got me a 6-pack of Diet Cokes because “everyone has to have too much of something on their 21st birthday.” It still makes me laugh whenever I see the one bottle that I saved on my bookshelf!

February 11, 2014 - 12:18 am

Ashley @ Ashley Loves Books - Happy (belated) Birthday!! I hope it was wonderful 🙂 I ADORED BSC. Whenever they popped up in my Scholastic book fair order form I was on that so fast, circling it and begging my mom haha. My favourite was Mary Anne because I felt like I was most like her–I was quiet and the secretary writer girl for all my clubs. And i secretly loved Logan haha.

To answer the question, probably the most thoughtful present I’ve ever received was from this past Christmas. a very close coworker and friend had moved recently and I wasn’t adjusting well without him- he was probably the only one I really felt comfortable with at work. So he surprised me by sending a gift that was a journal with questions and prompts for each day–it was so unexpected and lovely and personal to me.

February 9, 2014 - 12:07 am

Orchid @ The Haunting of Orchid Forsythia - Hope you had an enjoyable birthday!!! Very cool that you share a birthday with a character you love! =)

I actually have two, one from Christmas and my birthday last year (which are days apart).

One of my sisters had drawn my name for Secret Santa and she got me Blame it All on My Roots, Garth Brooks’ newest box set. I was so surprised when I opened it because she remembered how big of a fan of his I am; and how much I would love it. It was probably my favorite gift this past Christmas.

While they’ve never read Harry Potter, both my mom and dad know how much I adore this series. So for my birthday, they got me the Quidditch Team Captain sweatshirt.

February 8, 2014 - 10:23 pm

Heather - This is so fun! I was a huuuuuge BSC fan back in my younger days, and Dawn was definitely one of my favorite sitters (Stacy was the other). I love that youve shared your own fondness for the series in such a fun way, and incorporated it into a birthday celebration no less! Happy birthday to you!
As for the most thoughtful gift I’ve ever been given, far and away is the journal my dad gave me on my 20th birthday. He started it the day I was born, and wrote me a letter every year on my birthday up until my 20th. It was so touching to see his thoughts over the years of my life, and is absolutely one of my most treasure possessions.
Thank you again for the giveaway, and for the fun remembrance of my childhood reading days!

February 8, 2014 - 4:48 pm

Shelve It: February 8, 2014 (Pepper Cameo), Estelle - […] thanks to everyone who stopped by this week for the birthday giveaway! (It’s still going on so be sure to enter!) And of course all the little posts celebrating […]

February 8, 2014 - 6:11 am

Angeline - Oh and my most thoughtful present?
My Christmas and birthday presents last year and this year from my cousins have been very thoughtful but if I had to choose one, it would be from my mum a couple of Christmases ago. I’d wanted the book ‘The Pact’ for awhile and every time we went to the book shop I would mention it and she always told me to just buy it but I didn’t want her to have to spend her money for a book I didn’t even know if I’d like. The same goes for the new Taylor Swift deluxe album. I thought it would be better if I got just the normal version as it was cheaper but she could tell I wanted the deluxe one. On Christmas Day I opened up a present for her which contained ‘The Pact’, the Taylor deluxe album and ‘Safe Haven’ by Nicholas Sparks. (I had bought The Last Song previously and she remembered the author.) I never hinted at wanting her to buy any of those for me. It was more just longing from my end which I hoped would pas but she went out and did that for me. It was really special and still means a lot to me.
And that was a very wordy answer, haha.

February 8, 2014 - 6:04 am

Angeline - I’m not eligible for the third option but I’d like to tell you anyway. Mary Anne was always my favourite. I related a lot to her and one of her books was the first one I read so that probably had a lot to do with it.

I always love discovering people who love the BSC books as much as I do, even though we’re from different generations. I’m seventeen so my peers didn’t grow up reading those books. I had to search a little harder to get my hands on them, haha, but it was worth it.


February 8, 2014 - 2:08 am

Wendy @ Book Scents - This is such an awesome post! First of all – happy belated birthday! I missed it earlier this week!! (I hope it was fantastic!!)

Secondly – OMG BSC!! I adored the series! I tried to wrangle my friends into starting a baby sitter’s club with me. (except oh yeah, there were no kids to babysit on my street) I think I identified the most with Mary Anne back in the day because I was so quiet and shy when I was younger. Also, I totally own a lot of these still! I actually just packed them up when I packed up my room at my parents’! My mom was like, these books are so old why are you keeping these. And I’m like ummm my kids are going to read this! they’re amazing! (do they still sell them?)

As far as most thoughtful birthday present, that would be from my fiance (then bf). He made a scrapbook of pictures and everything of us! It was actually really well put together and so sweet!! I was so surprised and loved it. 🙂

February 8, 2014 - 1:09 am

Little Willow - Happy birthday to you both! Dawn was a great character. Mary Anne was my favorite (brown hair and a cat, check, check!) but Dawn was up there, too. So sad when she moved away.

February 7, 2014 - 11:00 pm

Jackie Lea Sommers - The BSC was my favorite! I met Ann M. Martin when I was in sixth grade, and I thought I’d died and gone to heaven. I wore a BSC t-shirt and button and clip-on earrings, lol.

February 7, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Ellie - A kitten! He was a gray tabby and I named him Fritz. 🙂

February 7, 2014 - 6:31 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Annnnd I got so wrapped in BSC memories that I totally didn’t say what my most thoughtful birthday present was. My best friend really likes to make things, and one year for my birthday she gave me a collage and a bunch of framed pictures with frames she decorated.
Or that time I got myself a kitten for my birthday. That was very thoughtful of me 😉

February 7, 2014 - 6:26 pm

Justine @ paperback heart - Happy belated birthday! This is so much fun!
BSC was such a HUGE part of my childhood – my friends and I would play Babysitter’s Club at recess and lunch! For some reason I thought I was a Kristy, but I never shared her bossiness or love or sports. Looking back, I’d say I probably turned into a Dawn or Stacy.
I LOVED the California Diaries! It was such a great way for the readers to “grow up” with crossover series.

February 7, 2014 - 12:53 am

Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl - Hmmm… Most thoughtful present ever is a hard question. Probably one Valentine’s when my mom gave me a tiny silver heart pendant just like one she got from her mom when she was a little girl. 🙂

Thanks for the giveaway, and happy birthday!

February 6, 2014 - 3:35 pm

Heidi @ YA Bibliophile - My sister gives me the best gifts! They’re always exactly what I would want… even if I don’t know it! This year she got me a Kate Spade tote I’ve been coveting for YEARS!

February 6, 2014 - 11:27 am

ashley - Every year my BFF gives me a themed gift and when I happened to have graduated grad school and had my birthday close to the date it was a librarian theme and it was unexpected but perfect.

February 6, 2014 - 12:52 am

Bookworm1858 - Happy birthday! I was also a huge BSC girl with Stacey being my favorite. She was so pretty and blonde, glamorous because from New York, and she loved math so we had some good overlap there.

February 5, 2014 - 10:57 pm

Rebecca - Wishing you the happiest of birthdays, Estelle! I didn’t grow up reading BSC but I do know they were a favourite among many readers growing up and even though it’s not something I was apart of, I appreciate books or series that instilled young readers with a love for books. To answer your question, I think the most thoughtful present I received was a bunch of flowers from a friend last year for my birthday. They were such a surprise and with my friend living in another state, it was so lovely that she’d remembered; it arrived on my day and made me feel mushy and loved, which is the best birthday feeling. As for this post in general, I love it. And the giveaway? You shouldn’t have, it’s your birthday, you should be the be getting spoiled…but the prizes ARE amazing. That bracelet! This might turn out to be your most dangerous post yet 😉 Thanks for spoiling us and for making some of these open to internationals. I’ve seen your bookish cards and I would love to receive one!

February 5, 2014 - 7:38 pm

Ellice - Estelle, you have the BEST ideas. And how generous are you to be giving US something on YOUR birthday?!? <3 I STILL own all of my BSC books. I just can't bring myself to give them away because they were such a huge part of my childhood. Stacy was my favorite, but Dawn was a close second. I just thought Stacy was so cool because of her NYC style and the fact that she ALWAYS seemed to get the boys' attention 🙂 And California Girls– I LOVED that Super Special. Kinda makes me want to re-read it.

Happy birthday friend. I hope you've enjoyed your day 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 7:04 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - OH, I didn’t tell you my most thoughtful present. I don’t know, a friend in college always made me these really cool cards and I’ve always loved homemade stuff. I can tell you the least thoughtful present: when I was in second grade, so I guess my 8th birthday? I had just watched this terrifying show on Nickelodeon about the Elephant Man that scared the crap out of me, like I didn’t sleep for weeks. And then for my birthday my mother got me a stuff elephant. I remember being so scared/mad at her.

February 5, 2014 - 7:01 pm

Maggie @ Just a Couple More Pages - I love this! It’s been so long since I’ve read a BSC book, but when I saw you say Dawn Schafer on Twitter I immediately knew who it was (why can’t my memory work this well for school???). I was always partially horrified by Mallory’s enormous family while also wanting a huge family. And I definitely wanted to be Stacy with her fancy life in NYC.


February 5, 2014 - 6:20 pm

Kelley - I loved the BSC growing up and this post made me so nostalgic.

One of the best birthday gifts I ever got was a pair of diamond earrings from my parents right after I got into nursing school (to wear with my scrubs!). My first real diamonds ever.

February 5, 2014 - 2:59 pm

Brittany @ The Book Addict's Guide - How cute is this! I love your prizes!
Hmmm, the most thoughtful birthday present… Probably off the top of my head is that Shane got me a fancy schmancy camera for my birthday a few years ago and it was all his idea! He totally surprised me (he’s usually too excited to keep things a secret) and it’s something I never would have bought for myself and totally amazing.

February 5, 2014 - 2:40 pm

Alexa S. - I said this to you over chat, but I think it’s worth repeating in a comment: WOMAN, YOUR GIVEAWAY IS AMAZING. I LOVE IT. I seriously LOVE IT.

Ahem. I also love the BSC! I grew up reading their books, and still own a TON (as will be evidenced in a future vlog I will post). My favorite characters were Mary-Anne (because we’re SO alike) (does this mean we’d be besties in BSC world?) and Stacey.

As for thoughtful gift on my birthday… that’s actually hard for me to remember! I think I’d go with my laptop, which I was totally surprised with. (And I’m talking about the old black Macbook that has now retired!)

February 5, 2014 - 1:28 pm

Tammy - I think it’s just great when people remember your birthday without you reminding them. As you get older I think less people tend to remember. A simple phone call or card in the mail is perfect!

February 5, 2014 - 1:10 pm

elena - i love this post so much! i’m pretty sure i read the california diaries and remember it being darker but not much else. i also like dawn because she was californian (like me!) but in everything else, she was the complete opposite.

ummmm!!!! the most thoughtful bday present i’ve received…not sure but last year, my friends got me a totoro doll which was a DREAM COME TRUE because i’ve always wanted one of them!

ALSO p.s. my fav babysitter is claudia kishi. JUST SAYIN’.

February 5, 2014 - 1:05 pm

Tiff @ Mostly YA Lit - This is so cheesy…but my most thoughtful birthday present was the engagement ring that my husband gave me on my birthday a few years ago. It’s especially thoughtful because he was trying to think of a way to surprise me and I’d always said I didn’t want to be proposed to on my birthday…and he did it anyway. And I was totally surprised.

I loved Dawn, but my fave was always Stacey – I liked her New York style, and the fact that the later books really made her question a lot of things in her life (such as, “do I really want to be dealing with the BSC all the friggin time?” =p)

February 5, 2014 - 1:04 pm

Ghenet Myrthil - Such a fun giveaway! I also LOVED the BSC growing up. As for my most thoughtful birthday present, maybe when I got my first American Girl doll? I was just so excited that Christmas. 🙂

February 5, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Candice @ The Grown-Up YA - Love this! I’ll be honest: Dawn was never my favorite. I mean, I didn’t dislike her, but I just couldn’t connect with her. My favorite was, and still is, Mary Ann. It might have been because she was shy and had brown hair – just like me as a child – but for some reason I always liked her and her stories best. And, hello, she dated dreamy Southern boy Logan! 🙂

Happy birthday to both you AND Dawn!

February 5, 2014 - 11:12 am

Christina @ Allodoxophobia - BSC was the best. I loved Dawn too, and also Stacey b/c I kinda wanted to be her minus the diabetes. In reality I was mostly a Mary Ann 🙂 Happy happy birthday!

February 5, 2014 - 11:09 am

Sarah - I think my most thoughtful birthday gift would have been the cat I was finally allowed to get when I turned 14. Toby was amazing and became a part of my family.

February 5, 2014 - 9:21 am

Daphne - this past year, my BFF gave me a box full of stuff that she saw on my pinterest “i want it” board. 🙂 it was a really great surprise

February 5, 2014 - 9:13 am

Andi - I think my most thoughtful was for my 16th birthday when I was given my cat(may she rest in peace) Oreo. I wanted a cat so bad and I was shocked when I got her. Miss her everyday.

February 5, 2014 - 9:08 am

Meg - What an absolutely delightful post — and happy birthday! I loved the BSC so hard as a kid/teen, too, though I’ll admit to not knowing about the California Diaries. I think Kristy was my favorite, but I always went back and forth. My little sister adored Claudia, and I still remember her distinctive sense of style. 😉 Such fun to remember!

The Baby-sitters Club is Back! (& Holiday Shopping List)

When I was a kid, I was a pretty big reader. My dad was constantly reading newspapers and my mom was always taking me to the library to pick out books, as well as taking out piles of her own. One Christmas, when I was in second grade, Santa brought me a boxed set of […]

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December 9, 2012 - 1:14 am

Estelle: Shelve It from Rather Be Reading Blog (12/9/2012) - […] Themed Gift Pack Review: Kissing Snowflakes by Abby Sher weVerb4: New Experiences for Magan in 2012 The Baby-Sitters Club is Back Review: Where You Are by J.H. Trumble (one of my favorite reads from the […]

December 5, 2012 - 4:38 pm

Jen - I loved loved loved this series. For my birthday one year, my mom let me skip school and we went and had two of my BSC books signed by Ann M. Martin. My younger sister got her copy of the Little Sister series signed….how apropos. I’d love to re-read these!

December 4, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Cynthia - Can you believe that I’ve never read this series? I know shame on me! I wish I would’ve been more of a reading during my middle school years, I really didn’t get into it until I was in high school. I wonder if my daughter would like these books though, she’s not a book lover like me but maybe she would be able to get into these. I think I’ll try it anyways! =)

December 4, 2012 - 1:45 pm

Alexa Y. - I loved The Baby-Sitters Club! Reading your post made me extremely nostalgic for my own collection. I remember that I used to be very excited whenever I went to a bookstore, just because it gave me the opportunity to buy a new book from the series! I’m happy they’re releasing it in eBook – and that the covers are the same as the originals.

December 4, 2012 - 12:51 am

Brie @ Eat Books - This post makes me want to re-read the entire series. Like right now! I wish I still had all my BSC books from childhood 🙁 I still keep an eye out for original covers when I’m at thrift stores, but I’ve yet to come across any of the first few in the series (it’s always higher numbers in the series, and I want the first few!). Like, you, I liked all the BSC members. I think that’s why I loved them so much – you could find a little of yourself in all of them, which made the series so amazing and relatable. And desperately made me want to be a part of their club. I loved the movie too! Aw, now I feel all warm and fuzzy inside! 🙂

December 4, 2012 - 12:10 am

Maggie @ Young Adult Anonymous - I love this post so much, Estelle! BSC4LIFE. I loved Claudia and Stacey but I was probably more Kristy/Mary Anne. Haha. Do you remember the BSC videos from book order?? I must track them down.

December 3, 2012 - 10:22 pm

elena - eee I love this post! I totally know what you mean about growing up but having the characters still feel older even though they’re technically younger. I remember reading the California Diaries but not much about them, haha. I used to devour these books! I think I would be a Claudia. 😉

December 3, 2012 - 9:31 pm

Tara - This is one of my favorite childhood series EVER! I named my dog Claudia after the BSC character (even though Mary Anne was my favorite). I still have all of these books at my mom’s house, right next to my collections of The Little Baby-Sitters Club books and Goosebumps 🙂

December 3, 2012 - 7:55 pm

Emma @ Hopeful Happiness - LOVED the BSC! I was bummed when I reached their age and wasn’t nearly as awesome as they were. I had not heard of the California Diaries before. I may just ahve to check them out! In addition to all of the books I also had the BSC board game. My sister and I spent hours playing and tried to play it again a little while ago only to find it was not nearly as fun as it was when we were little.

December 3, 2012 - 1:05 pm

Kristin - Thank you for celebrating this wonderful series. It was a favorite of mine growing up and one I re-read over and over.

December 3, 2012 - 12:35 pm

Quinn @ Quinn's Book Nook - Oooo, I love that bracelet! I am a sucker for rose gold anything.

Estelle: Sweet Summertime Reads – Retro Throwback

When I was a kid, my library used to have these reading contests every summer. We would have to keep a tally of the books we read and at each different level (determined by the library), we would get a prize. Is it surprising I won almost every year for most books read? (ha) One […]

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December 20, 2012 - 9:04 am

Estelle: 2012 End of the Year Survey (Yay!) - […] Honestly, I enjoy any time I can reminisce with other readers about books from childhood like The Baby-Sitters Club. Nice to know people loved those gals as much as I […]

June 18, 2012 - 3:48 pm

Alexa @ Alexa Loves Books - I swear, if we had gone to the same schools or lived in the same place, we would definitely have been friends. I LOVED the BSC series! I still have most of the books, and though I haven’t reread them in a while, they will always have a place in my heart. Stacey was always my favorite, but I identified most with Mary Anne!

June 16, 2012 - 8:02 am

Sweet Summertime Reads: A Round Up - […] RBR: Our Local Bookstores 6/3: RBR – Fall in Love with Melissa C. Walker 6/4: RBR – Retro Throwback 6/5: GReads – Tune In Tuesday! > BRB – Tune in Tuesday! 6/6: RBR – […]

June 15, 2012 - 2:35 pm

Melly - How I LOVE these books! My favorite sitter changes constantly, though it’s usually between Krista and Claudia. I have read and own all but the Chain Letter book. Sadly I am still missing some of the spin-off series (Little Sister, California Diaries, and the like). I still obsess over this series and am so glad that they are republishing them!

June 10, 2012 - 5:35 pm

Shelve It: 6/10/2012 - […] Keplinger: Magan reviews Kody’s latest. SSR: Tune in Tuesday: Our summer listening picks! SSR: Retro Throwback: BSC anyone? Lovestruck Summer by Melissa Walker – perfect book for the […]

June 10, 2012 - 3:59 pm

Estelle - Andrea, Dawn’s house was the one with the secret passageways and I always loved that detail too! I wonder if your library would carry them. They recently republished a few of them and “updated” them (cell phones, DVDs, etc.) so I bet you could grab a few of those! Thanks for stopping in!

June 10, 2012 - 3:57 pm

Estelle - G, I think Mary Anne & Claudia are the perfect combo of favorite characters. Loyal friend and creative thinker. 🙂 Ditto on the TV show. They need to put those on DVD.

June 10, 2012 - 3:01 pm

Estelle - ha Morgan! I wrote about Babysitters on Board on This Happy Place so I didn’t want to double up. YES. I loved that show too. I watched it all the time. I really want to write something about it soon… hmm… 🙂

June 10, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Estelle - Well, I was actually pretty old when she gave them away so it’s quite understandable even if it is sad.

You should definitely check out the books. I wonder if they ever visited London in the books… they did a lot of traveling! Have fun!

June 10, 2012 - 2:56 pm

Estelle - Abby! That was a character we didn’t get to know well enough. I do remember how cool her curly hair looked on the covers though. Yay for a Dawn girl. There is so much to love about this series, isn’t there?

June 10, 2012 - 2:55 pm

Estelle - Elena, have you tried the California Diaries series? I absolutely loved it.

June 10, 2012 - 2:51 pm

Estelle - Roxanne, you hated Dawn?! I can no longer speak to you. Just kidding. I guess I can deal. haha. I actually wrote a report about Claudia & the Sad Goodbye in elementary school. Mimi was a great character. Yes, you are right about the camp one. I haven’t read that in forever. Perhaps I’ll have to pick it up soon. I do like the cover of that one.

haha! Good for you for doing the baby-sitting!

June 10, 2012 - 12:29 pm

Estelle - M, EATEN BY INSECTS? that’s the saddest thing ever. 🙁 You should try to recollect a few of our favorites to keep!

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Anna, totally going to have this lengthy convo in person someday! xo

June 10, 2012 - 12:28 pm

Estelle - Sharon, I totally met the actresses from the movie and saw it when it came out. And then watched it many times after it. I remember really liking the music a lot. Thanks for your enthusiasm! It’s amazing to see how much people still love BSC even after the series ended so many years ago. That means something. Claudia was also another one of my favorites. She was very artsy and I always loved to hear about her wild outfits.

June 10, 2012 - 12:22 pm

Estelle - Stacey was just the coolest. I always wanted to be like her. Thx for stopping by Brittani!

June 10, 2012 - 12:18 pm

Estelle - Liz, I’m not sure if I ever read the one with the fire. I’ll have to check if I have it. I was never much into the the Little Sister books… I just missed the girls too much. haha. Thx for commenting!

June 6, 2012 - 9:43 pm

Liz - Love this post! I have been trying to track down my BSC collection, but sadly it looks like my parents may have ditched it too. I want to find some good deals on rebuilding it.

I remember the summer I read The Fire at Mary Anne’s House, I was terrified every night that my house was going to burn down. I loved this series so much, as well as Baby Sitter’s Little Sister. Oh, the memories.

June 6, 2012 - 6:22 pm

Ginger @ GReads! - BSC!!! Oh yes. I remember stealing my sister’s copies from her closet when she wasn’t looking. And of course I remember Dawn!!!

June 5, 2012 - 1:54 pm

Brittani - OMG! I loved reading BSC when I was younger! It was one of my fave series!!! I couldn’t get enough of them! My favorite was Stacey!

June 5, 2012 - 9:02 am

Sharon @ Fictionally Inclined - Oh, BSC! I absolutely adored those books when I was younger! I read the one about their trip to NYC about fifteen times. Claudia was always my favorite.

Haha! Wow, the movie. I rented it from Blockbuster once. I remember liking it, but thinking it totally wasn’t nearly as good as the books.

Random bit of information: I was watching an episode of Jeopardy once when I was 11 or 12. The Final Jeopardy question was: “What popular series started with Kristy’s Great Idea.” I was all, “OH! OH! THE BABYSITTER’S CLUB SERIES BY ANN M. MARTIN.” And NO ONE on the show got it right. I was so proud of myself, LOL. But also completely taken aback that not one of the three on the show knew it.

June 5, 2012 - 6:26 am

Anna - Not that you asked, BUT…if i had to be someone I’d totally be Stacey. I could get into a lengthy discussion of the merits of each girl, but I shall refrain. Ahahaha!

June 4, 2012 - 8:04 pm

VeganYANerds - Loving this post, Estelle! I had all The Babysitters books as well as The Little Sister books too. I think some of mine were given away (grr!) and the rest are looking really old and sad and possibly eaten by insects, so sad.

The video makes me want to watch the movie again!

June 4, 2012 - 6:20 pm

Roxanne - Claudia & Stacey were always my favorites. I couldn’t stand Dawn! I remember the Babysitters On Board book which is what convinced me to go on the Haunted Mansion the first time when I was 11! Even to this day, the part of the Hitch-hiking ghost makes me think of that book. One of my favorite books was Claudia & The Sad Good-bye, where Mimi dies. I don’t know how many time I’ve read that book. 2nd favorite was the Super Special where the girls go to camp (#2, I think?).

Loved that series & always played it with friends. I also became my town’s most active babysitter! :o)

June 4, 2012 - 2:49 pm

Katie @ Blook Girl - Wow. This brings back memories. I was just thinking of The BSB the other day, as I was telling Nick that I had ALL of the books still. My mom was sweet enough to order the whole collection, which arrived 3-4 books at a time every 3 months for a couple of years. I will always adore my mom for doing that 🙂

I think my favorite girl was actually Abby/Abbie, who wasn’t introduced until later in the series. Before her, I’d have to say that Stacey and Dawn were my favorites. And oh! Logan! That boy was dreamy 😉

I remember the movie almost word-for-word, including that crazy-cool song the girls made up for Claudia when she had to pass that biology test: “… and into the cerebellum – the brain, the brain – the center of the chain!” Ahahaha! (And boy, wasn’t that Cokie a little witch?)

Thanks for the memories, ladies <3

June 4, 2012 - 2:35 pm

elena - GUUURL I AM ALL OVER THIS! Ahh I am so sorry about your BSC collection being given away. I bought a box of books from Half Price Books awhile ago and it had a good portion of BSC. However, I think it was the spin off with the lil sis which is not NEARLY as great. Claudia Kishi was my favourite! She was always stylin’. Such a good post!

June 4, 2012 - 1:34 pm

ComaCalm - She gave your books away? That’s ridiculous! My partner had the same problem. I don’t see why you shouldn’t be able to keep your books if you’re still reading them but I supposed I grew up in a more relaxed household!

I haven’t actually read any of these books, with a perfectly plausable explanation – I’m English! I am going to see if I can get the first book though, to see if I like it. 😀

ComaCalm’s Corner =^.^=

June 4, 2012 - 1:33 pm

Morgan - What, no love for Baby-sitters on Board?! They went to Disney World!! My favorite baby-sitter was Dawn, although in retrospect I don’t know why because we’re nothing alike. Maybe because she was from California? I still have a special spot in my heart for the direct-to-video series they used to show on The Disney Channel.

June 4, 2012 - 11:52 am

Andrea @ The Overstuffed Bookcase - I loved The Baby-Sitter’s Club when I was a preteen! That and Sweet Valley Twins. I didn’t read Sweet Valley High back then, but last year, my friend and I wanted to read Sweet Valley Confidential, but we wanted to read Sweet Valley High books first. So I got on eBay and found 32 books for like $36. I read about half of them last year. I think they’re great for nostalgia’s sake but most of the books just really aren’t that high on content. But I’m determined to read all of the ones I bought! Hmm, maybe I could turn it into some kind of flashback feature… 😉

But I’d like to reread some of the BSC books someday! Maybe my library will actually have some copies so I won’t have to buy them! I don’t really remember my favorite books, but I do remember loving Mary Anne and Claudia, and I remember loving how some house (I think it was Dawn’s house?) had secret passageways. I always wanted to live in a house with secret passageways!!! 😉

June 4, 2012 - 11:45 am

Ghenet Myrthil - I was obsessed with The Babysitter’s Club. OBSESSED. My faves were probably Claudia and Mary Anne.

I had the the movie on VHS and watched it so many times! I also loved the TV show on the Disney Channel. 🙂