I'm feeling scandalized about the girl in the children's division making out with the college intern. Am I really reading a BSC book?
I'm confused about the 12 year old who's hanging out with the kids. He seems to be only mentioned once, as hiding in the corner. Why? And what is going on with the use of the names? We have two Tylers, a Taylor, and a Megan and a Morgan. Not to mention the use of the name "Austin" we have Austin Bentley and then Tyler's last name is Austin? This is one of the more confusing books.
AND they screwed up. Sarah Hill is mentioned as being a team with her neighbor, Elizabeth Sayers. But the girl who lives by her and is always over is Elizabeth Yates.
This book,is very confusing. ;D
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Just reread this one and thought I'd post a few comments.
Julie and Marty: She's older than 16, Claudia points this out during the big villain reveal. She was putting car keys into her pocket when she was kissing Marty, so she's probably 17 or 18. Kristy even mentions in her notes about each team that she looks older than everyone else. So it's not totally creepy, not like Claudia and the college boy in Baby-Sitter's Haunted House (hope that's the right title).
I love Jackie, he is so good natured.
As for the confusing names, I guess they're trying to be true to life. Growing up I had two Kirstens in my grade and three boys named Chris. In a group of kids, you're bound to have name repeats and I guess that's what they're going for here, but it just doesn't work.
As for the 12 year old in the daycare, in Mary Anne's notes about every child she says that big Tyler doesn't need a babysitter, but decided to hang out with the kids. Probably felt it would be more fun that being in the gym all day long. But I agree, they do treat him like a charge instead of as an older kid. I never thought about the fact that he's older than Mal and Jessi! I'm like the rest of you, I think of the eighth graders as being more like 15 or 16, and Mal and Jessi as being 13 or 14.
I'm now totally in the mood to bake! But why does Claudia think she can just fling ingredients together and get a delicious cake? Probably because she's artistic, she thinks she'll invent a great combination! Oh, Claudia...
Overall, not a bad story. I wonder what they did with the prize money, though.
We had three Sara's in my Sociology class. Our teacher started to refer to us by the length of our hair. Funny thing is, we kind of all sat to where it was right behind each other. Short-hair Sara sat in the front, medium-hair Sara sat in the middle, and long-hair Sara (me) sat in the back. She said she had never seen such a thing in her life. The name stuff in this book amused me.
I really liked this book. It was a little weird that Mary Anne would enter a cooking contest, when she actually dislikes cooking. Oh well, the books aren't very consistent as it is. The twelve year old 'charge' was amusing too. They could have made him help out or something! Oh well, it just goes to show you how mature Mal and Jessi really are.
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Post by booboobrewer on Sept 10, 2008 18:28:01 GMT -5
Same--I love baking but I'm not much of a cook. Wish I was!
I would have liked to see how Claudia's cake designs looked as well. From the way she described them they seemed quite professional-looking or something, like the judges were really impressed. How good can a 13 year old be at that?
Post by virgoscorpio on Nov 18, 2009 17:02:10 GMT -5
I really liked this mystery, especially when comparing it to the mystery series as a whole.
I enjoyed Claudia and Mary Anne's interaction - I think they would make a good team. I always enjoyed moments between those too because I always saw them as good childhood friends (living across the street from one another).
I liked the idea of teams and competing in teams with other BSC charges, SMS students, and other general Stoneybrookers.
The sub-plot didn't annoy me as much as some had. I enjoyed how the plot and sub-plot weaved together.
For me, it was really typical that Claudia and Co. won the contest. Very cheesy BSC-land.
I also enjoyed how this was a more realistic mystery that I can see actual 13 year olds be involved in.
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I liked Claudia describing her charm bracelet and what charm on a bracelet her friends would be. I enjoyed reading about the girls being friends with Grace in the book and where they ate pizza. The chocolate cherry cake sounds delicious.
The nice thing about them being friendly with Grace is that it carried over to the next mystery, too. Stacey and the Haunted Masquerade mentions how they'd become friendly with her during the competition. At the end of that one Grace does something and they stop being friends again, but it is nice to see some continuity in these books and plotlines carrying over a bit.
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