^ I think she is! Because even if she heard the Pikes talking about Sea City and thought it sounded like a nice place to take her own kids, that still doesn't explain why she felt the need to go at the same time as them and get a house right next door to theirs. I just thought it was weird because I've never imagined Mr. and Mrs. Pike hanging out with Mrs. Barrett, you know? It's an odd combination.
I always pictured the families as being really good friends. And Mrs. Barrett seemed like the type who needed to rely on someone else - especially in this book when she is so nervous driving and things like that - just like Ktag said. I know that the Barretts give Pow to the Pikes and comment on how they will be able to see him all of the time. Maybe that's another reason I assume they live near each other.
Post by sotypical42483 on Mar 16, 2007 12:37:16 GMT -5
They do live really close. In Dawn and the Impossible Three, Mrs. Pike (or Mallory?!) says that the Barrett and Pike kids are always running from house to house and playing together. That being said, I never thought of Mrs. Pike and Mrs. Barrett as friends. I just think the kids play together a lot.
Well I guess I stand corrected. When I think about the Pikes and their neighbors, I always just think about Stacey and those people the kids spied on. I didn't realize the Barretts lived so close to them. But, really, Mrs. Pike hires baby-sitters to accompany her and her kids to the mall, is she really somebody Mrs. Barrett should be relying on for parental support?!
I always think of them living on the same block because Dawn sent Buddy over to their house alone in book five while Suzi was sick. And then he gave the entire Pike family the stomach flu. Good one, Dawn. (And I think it was referenced in another book, where Mrs. Pike mentioned that once "all of them had the stomach flu at the same time" once.)
Plus, didn't Jordan (Adam?) witness Buddy being kidnapped by his father while standing outside? I think Dawn lives pretty close too, as apparently the secret passage falls under Nicky's 2 block rule. Anyway, I think what gave me the impression that the families knew each other well was when Mallory said Marnie was allergic to chocolate. She wasn't even a babysitter yet (not that Mrs. Barrett would have told her if she was) but she knew those kinds of things about them.
Point taken about Mrs. Pike not being much better...but anyone would be an improvement over Mrs. Barrett. Now that I think about it, Mrs. Barrett does seem to "steal" a lot from the Pikes. The vacation...the mother's helpers...then she marries Franklin (or whatever his name was at that point) and ends up with 7(?) kids...
When was Buddy kidnapped? I don't remember that but it's been a while since I've read all of the books. Just looked at the map in the complete guide and can't find the Barretts??? But Dawn is shown living just down the street from the Pikes.
Post by wanderingfrog on Mar 17, 2007 14:52:44 GMT -5
The Pikes and the Barretts both live on Slate Street. The Stoneybrook map from the 1990 calendar has the Pike house and the Barrett house drawn with two other houses between them, but it's not a very detailed map at all. The Complete Guide map would show the new Barrett-DeWitt house, wouldn't it? The Mystery Board Game map might be most accurate, but my board games are at my parents' house.
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I didn't see the Barrett Dewitt house either. I will look at the Board Game as I have that (and want to play it soon anyway Thanks Digigirl for reminding me of when Buddy was kidnapped. Makes me more anxious to reread that book - one of my favorites anyway.
Just read Karen's Hurricane and was wondering if this was the same storm as in this Super Special. Anyone have any idea? I seem to remember a storm in Stoneybrook at the same time as the hurricane in Sea City.