^ I prefer Sea City books, too, unless the CA ones mention Disneyland. ;D Like you, msstock, I like reading about vacations so I can travel vicariously through the BSC. ;D I love traveling but don't get to as much anymore so the books are a way I can "experience" different places.
Post by Kylie90210 on Nov 12, 2009 22:20:06 GMT -5
Wow, over two years since this thread has been posted in, and it was the very last thread in this board. Kinda shows no one really liked this mystery!
It was kinda lame, and normally I like CA Dawn, but there wasn't much else other than the beach. I didn't catch on that Thrash was in disguise at first, really, also kinda lame. I agree it was good Dawn didn't come first place in the competition though.
I re-read this book again a few days ago and although not my favourite mystery, I do love to read about the beach, and as someone upthread mentioned, sometimes I live vicariously through the BSC.
I'm pretty indifferent towards Dawn's california friends though. I never really took a shine to any of them.
As for the mystery, I didn't hate it. But really, a surfer GHOST? Dawn really? I guess I just don't like ghost stories, but Dawn does and I guess I can see how she jumped to that conclusion after Thrash goes missing, and they see a mysterious figure out in the ocean.
Re-reading this, I'd forgotten that someone had tampered with his board, but I knew he was still alive, so I was trying to work out in my head why he was pretending to be 'missing.' I thought perhaps to get the others to let their guard down, so he appears at the competition raring to go, after lots of secret practices and the others are a little freaked.
Post by guineagirl on Jan 29, 2010 19:23:12 GMT -5
I liked this book, only because I have lived in Ca. and could picture everything. I still thought it was a good story, eventhough it was obvious that HE was the ghost. I know! She should have made the mystery harder to figure out. One thing I DIDNOT like was that EVERYTHING about Dawn was a sterotype of people in Ca. From avoiding people's eyes to other things that were said about her. I lived out there for almost 2 years, and there are a lot of REAL people out there that don't fit into the sterotype of Californians. Why did Ann make her a "sterotype" of Ca.? All of a sudden she started acting like the "sterotype" eventhough in Stoneybrook she acted "normal"?
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^I have lived here in SoCal for all my life save being born in NY and years at a University followed by more years spent teaching in NorCal (Same town). I also have gone to Disneyland (Anaheim where 'Palo City' is supposed to either by adjacent to or is..or both...) countless times.
First off as others have said, Anaheim itself=Disneyland. Outside of the theme park, the City is NOT the best of neighborhoods. It is also no where along the "beach" and certainly not small town-ish by any means. Secondly, Orange County, (where Anaheim is) does have areas of beaches, very exclusive type neighborhoods etc, but to the best of my knowledge (I've never really been to any) does not quite fit "Palo City."
Finally, if ALL CA people were as abnormal as Dawn in terms of rampaging in a mean spirited way on other peoples beliefs in terms of food, yet at the same time, "not feeling sorry for the cow" and for that matter both wearing (shoes) and carrying (purses) items made of well...cows..I probably would have moved long ago. I've already said my piece on this in other Dawn threads.
Lol, Guineagirl, did Dawn act "normal" in Stoneybrook? I'm onto re-reading #9 and even there she is "changing" from earlier books.
I don't understand how people didn't recognize Thrash. I don't think his appearance changed all that much, just because he had his hair cut. I liked the cook-out they had at the beach. I also liked that Dawn didn't win first place in the surfing competition.
This is the book with the subplot of Carolyn spraining her ankle while doing gymanastics and Marilyn becoming her shadow. Towards the end of the book Stacey has the idea to have the twins invited to seperate friends' houses the following day when the BSC is baby-sitting in the neighborhood. Stacey is at the Arnolds, Kristy (and Mal) at the Pikes, and Jessi at the Braddocks. The "plan" is for Marilyn to visit Margo and Carolyn to be invited over by Haley.
Page 108, Stacey and the twins start walking over to the Pikes. "The plan" is to drop Marilyn off first and then continue walking to the Braddocks. My "question" is what will Stacey do? Will she hang out with Jessi at the Braddocks and then when it's time to leave take Marilyn back over to the Arnolds or what? I thought it was a great plan just seemed odd to leave one of her charges elsewhere. I think the only other time that happened was David Michael went to Linny's a few times. In Claudia and the Great Search, Kristy ends up "taking the boys" to play softball while the sitter for the Papadakises, takes the girls to play Ring Around the Rosie. That instance is still at the same location.
Post by oldhickory on Jun 27, 2011 21:50:20 GMT -5
^ that is kind of strange. i haven't read the book in ages but the way you described it, it definitely sounds like stacey is planning on leaving marilyn with the pikes. i don't know. it just seems unethical to accept money for watching a kid when actually you dropped the kid off at someone else's house. if i were a parent i would be pretty upset to find out that the sitter i hired wasn't actually doing her job.