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Book Review: Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice

Music From The Dead by Bebe Faas Rice is a young adult horror novel originally published in April 1997.  Marnie and her cousin Peter drive up to the mansion that Marnie's father rented for the summer ahead of her father.  When the cousins arrive at the mansion called Stonycraig and settle in, Marnie is nervous because she thought she saw a shadow in one of the windows.  Then, she starts hearing a woman crying late at night.  Are the stories about Stonycraig being haunted true? This is a book I originally read as a teenager, and I remember being impressed by the storyline and writing.  I recently decided to reread it as an adult to see if it was as good as I remembered.  I have to say it was phenomenal.  Well-written and unputdownable.   Even though there were parts that came back to me as I made my way through Music From The Dead , I still found it to be perfectly eerie and creepy.  There was even a little bit of romance but nothing inappropriate for a tween or teen.  The only com

Book Review: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club, #2) by Ann M. Martin

the baby-sitters club # 2The girls of The Baby-Sitters Club are no strangers to having weird things happen to them since they've started their club. However, nothing has been as weird or spooky as getting mysterious phone calls while on their jobs. Whenever they receive these calls, there is no one on the other line. Claudia, who loves reading mystery books, is determined it's the Phantom Caller who is a jewel thief operating in Stoneybrook.

In my need to reread my way through my childhood, I of course had to continue with Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (The Baby-Sitters Club, #2) by Ann M. Martin. Let me begin by saying I liked it a lot better than Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1) because it had a little mystery associated with it.

It did have a happy ending when they found out the prank calls were done by none other than Alan Gray. He had a crush on Kristy and wanted to ask her out to the Halloween Hop but didn't have the nerve to do so. Many people think that this particular book gives girls an unhealthy message about boys liking girls . . . that it tells girls that if a boy likes you that he'll be mean to you and tease you. I didn't have that take away from the book. Alan Gray was a nuisance to the girls ever since they were little, but it was more that they were annoyed by things he did that weren't necessarily mean. When he made a smart ass quip to the teacher about Kristy in the fifth grade, Kristy was the one to play a prank on him. That of course meant war between the two. I really wish adults would stop reading too much into something that is kids being kids in my opinion.

The main theme in Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls is responsibility. After getting several phone calls and then seeing a prowler outside the house, Claudia calls the police. The underlying theme is that in order for things to change, you must make them. Don't wait for other people to make those changes. I gave this book five out of five stars.


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