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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: Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1) by Ann M. Martin

kristys great idea the babysitters club # 1 ann m martin
Kristy Thomas is a seventh grade student at Stoneybrook Middle School. She babysits in the afternoons after school and on the weekends. After Kristy witnesses her mother make several phone calls to find a babysitter for David Michael, she comes up with a great idea. What if parents could call one phone number and reach several babysitters at once? Excited by her plan, she recruits her friends Mary Anne Spier and Claudia Kishi and newcomer Stacey McGill to help her start The Baby-Sitters Club. Follow their adventures as they get prank phone calls, parents who lie, and more.

What can I say about Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-sitters Club, #1) by Ann M. Martin? When I discovered this series as a child shortly after discovering the Sweet Valley Twins series, I was intrigued by the basis of the story and was excited to read the first book. I enjoyed it so much that I desperately wanted to start my own babysitting club but that wasn't in the cards for me.

As an adult, I was feeling nostalgic about the books I read as a kid and decided to reread The Baby-Sitters Club. I wasn't disappointed with my reread of Kristy's Great Idea. Geared towards kids between the ages of 8 - 12, it is written extremely well and deals with real life situations that might be going on in a child's life. For example, Kristy's parents are divorced, and her mom is seriously dating a man. Kristy is very unhappy about this and acts rude towards Watson, the man her mom is dating. Mary Anne's father is very strict with her, partly because he is overprotective of his only daughter since his wife (and mother of Mary Anne) passed away. Claudia's parents think school is extremely important and constantly on her to do better in school.

Some may think that Ann M. Martin did a disservice to the series by making each of the girls known by one personality trait instead of several, but I would disagree with that thought process. Although everyone has several personality traits, people usually have one that really stands out, and people are typically known by that trait. Plus, this is a kids book, and it wouldn't be advantageous to get that deep into the character personalities because kids typically don't have a huge attention span.

Kristy's Great Idea (The Baby-Sitters Club, #1) was everything I remembered it to be, and I would definitely recommend it to those with kids aged between 8 - 12. Even though some of the material may be a little dated, I think kids could easily get past that and enjoy the book. I gave it four out of five stars.

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