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2- Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (Ann M. Martin) [Jul. 21st, 2006|10:50 pm]
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Summary

Snark
Claudia: Trevor Sandbourne is so dreamy.
Mary Anne: I'm scared of a burglar 20 miles away!
Everyone: Let's overreact with an emergency meeting!
Claudia: Trevor is so dreamy.
The Phone: ....
Everyone: OH NOES! OMGZ!

Year
Still 7th grade!

Observations
I'd forgotten the reason that Alan Gray and Kristy are enemies: her fifth grade lunch prank. She bragged about an awesome packed lunch that actually had dead flies and a mud pie in it. (17-18) Pretty funny stuff, and again, part of what I miss about the early books.

The first emergency meeting is called (23)

Memorable Quotes
"What do we have between the covers of this book?" asked Mimi, who thinks books are eyes into the hearts and lives of other people. (5) This is exemplary of what I love about the early books: it doesn't really have anything to do with anything, but it's such a nice thought.

Two newspaper headlines from p. 21: Angry Pig Goes Hog Wild and Depressed Trucker Drives Self Crazy

Mistakes and Continuity Errors
Claudia's Clothes
Today, for instance, I'm wearing purple pants that stop just below my knees and are held up with suspenders, white tights with clocks on them, a purple-plaid shirt with a matching hat, my high-top sneakers, and lobster earrings. (7)
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Clients- by order of introduction [Jul. 21st, 2006|04:24 pm]
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Jamie Newton and unborn sibling (Regular clients of the girls pre-BSC)
Pikes Claire and Margo- the rest are not named (pre-BSC)
David Michael Thomas (pre-BSC)
Karen and Andrew Brewer (pre-BSC/1)
Pinky and Buffy McKeever- dogs(1)
Rob, Brenda and Rosie Feldman- Jamie Newton's cousins (1)
Nina and Eleanor Marshall (1)
Charlotte Johanssen (1)
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Schools [Jul. 21st, 2006|04:21 pm]
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Stoneybrook Middle School
General
It is not air-conditioned (1:1)
School day is over at 2:42pm (1:2)
The Friday lunch is always the same: sloppy joes, red Jell-O with canned fruit in it, coleslaw, milk, fudgesicle. (1:37)

Teachers
Mr. Redmond- 7th grade Social Studies (1:2)
Mr. Peters- 7th grade math (2:36)
Mrs. Pinelli, music (2:39)
Mr. Taylor, principal (2:43)

Students/Classmates
Trevor Sandbourne, the most gorgeous guy in 7th (later 8th) grade. A poet. (2:10)
Alan Gray, the most disgusting human in the solar system. In 7th (8th) grade. (2:17)
Alexander Kurtzman
Lauren Hoffman
The Shillaber Twins- Miranda and Mariah (2:38)
Dorianne Wallingford
Emily Bernstein
Howie Johnson
Pete Black
Rick Chow (2:39)
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Welcome and Suggestions! [Jul. 21st, 2006|04:19 pm]
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cryslea
Welcome to bsc_bible!

I'm reading my way through the series, making notes and comments on each book because I'm just THAT much of a geek. Right now, only I have posting access, although that may change in the future.

Please make comments on other things you've noticed! I will definitely miss continuity errors, and you will definitely make some observations I will miss. I just ask that you make your comment relevant to the appropriate post. For example, if the error or observation or question or whatever is about book 1- post it in the entry for book 1. I'll keep the user info up-to-date so it's easy to find the right entry.

For general comments or suggestions on future topics, please comment here.
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#1- Kristy's Great Idea (Ann M. Martin) [Jul. 21st, 2006|02:45 pm]
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Summary:
Ahh, the classic BSC book. While it does have some of the exposition the later books are known for, we are spared the entire chapter-two rundown. I've always preferred the earlier books to the later ones. I suppose that Ms. Martin's writing style is better than some of the ghostwriters'.

The main plot is, obviously, about how the BSC was formed. No need to rehash it, since we all know the story so well, thanks to all the chapter 2s out there. The secondary plot is about Kristy's mom and Watson- they get enaged at the end of the book. It's also about how Kristy hates Watson and his kids, and how the BSC brings her closer to the Brewers.

And oh yeah, Stacey has a secretive diet.

Snark:
Kristy: I have no tact. And I'm rude!
Mary Anne: My dad is strict.
Kristy's mom: I can't find a baby-sitter.
Kristy: I have a great idea for a club!
Claudia: I have a friend who can join.
Stacey: I'm on a mysterious diet.
Kristy: I hate Watson! And his kids!
Mary Anne: Oh, the kids aren't so bad.
Kristy: Let's have a party!
Claudia: I can't; my grades suck.
Mary Anne: I can't: my dad is strict.
Stacey: I can't. My mom is going to lie and say I'm in New York, but really I'm on a mysterious diet.
Kristy: I still hate Watson. But his kids are kind of cute!
Everyone: Let's have a big fight!
Kristy: I have no tact.
Mary Anne: I'm a baby!
Stacey: I'm a liar!
Claudia: I'm stupid!
Kristy: I like Watson now.
Everyone: Let's make up! With pizza and ice cream!
Stacey: I can't; I have diabetes.
Kristy: So what? I still have no tact. We'll buy you food you can eat
Everyone: YAY
THE END

Year: 7th grade (and they only do it once!)

Observations
I have always been confused about the size of Stoneybrook. In this book, we are told the mall is within biking distance (5), and yet in later books, Kristy will need a ride from her house to Claudia's.

At the beginning of this book, Kristy's mom has been dating Watson "off and on" for four months (18)- or since April or May. And yet, they will get married the following summer- a quick romance.

Claudia began wearing a bra this year. (24)

It was actually Stacey's idea to elect officers. (42)

Interesting that they list everyone's home number on their flier (45), given that accepting jobs without offering them to everyone else first is such a big no-no that it creates a massive fight in book four.

The first notebook entry is Claud's, and boy does her handwriting look different! She also made ONLY four spelling mistakes. (74)

Memorable Quotes:

"Claudia!" I gasped. "Your face! You look like"- I couldn't stop myself in time- "you got made up for the circus..."  (25)Aww, Kristy is always so tactful.

"...My mouth gets me in trouble all the time. Just ask my mother."
"Just ask anybody," Claudia said. 
(147)

"Once I cried in front of my whole class," Mary Anne admitted.
"Oh, that's so embarrassing for a little kid," said Stacey knowingly.
"Little kid! It was last week!"
(147)

Mistakes/Continuity errors:
Whatever happened to the train you can ride around the backyard of Watson's house? (89)

Whatever happened to the Pikes' cat Sarge? (99)

Name issues: Kristy's mom's called Edie here (124). It will later change to Elizabeth.

Name issues: Kristy's full name is spelled "Kristen" on page 53. Later, it will be spelled "Kristin."

Claudia's Outfit:
She was wearing short, very baggy lavender plaid overalls, a white lacy blouse, a black fedora, and red high-top sneakers without socks. Her long black hair was carefully arranged in four braids... There was blue stuff on her eyelids, gold stuff above her eyes, and magenta stuff on her cheeks. (25)

[She was] wearing a baggy yellow-and black-checked shirt, black pants, red jazz shoes, and a bracelet that looked like it was made from a telephone cord. Her earrings were dangling jointed skeletons that jumped around when she moved. (30)

BONUS: STACEY OUTFITS!

Stacey had on a pink sweatshirt with sequins and a large purple parrot on the front; short, tightfitting jeans with zippers up the outsides of the legs; and pink plastic shoes.
(32)

Stacey was wearing a matching top and skirt made of gray sweat shirt material with big yellow number tens all over it. Her hair was pinned back with clips shaped like rainbows. Little silver whistles were danglin from her ears. (83)
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