Original Publication Date: 1992
Ghostwriter? No, this one's all Ann
The Stoneybrook schools are putting on a production of Peter Pan. It's mostly being done through the middle school, so it's not too crazy-far-fetched that some of our favorite sitters get big roles. All the members of the BSC are involved somehow:
Jessi tries out for the lead, assuming she's a shoe-in (dance background). She's so convinced she feels bad for anyone else trying out for it, and arranges to be a correspondent to the SMS student newspaper about the play. Of course, pride goeth before fall. She ends up cast as a pirate, but she backs out of it as it's beneath her, and ends up assistant choreographer. And bitter about the whole thing. She even removes her credit as assistant choreographer from the programs because she's not listed as assistant producer. But just before opening night, Pete Black breaks his nose and Jessi gets to take over his part, so she ends up still in the play after all.
Kristy decides to try out for the dual role of Nana the sheepdog and the crocodile, but winds up as Peter Pan! (Pete Black gets the animals part.) She has trouble learning such a big part, but comes through in fine form. Just a little slip near the beginning of the play, and bit of revenge on Cokie.
Dawn auditions for Tiger Lily and gets Wendy, but tries to turn her into Wendy the Rude Feminist by changing her lines A LOT. I get that she wants to make a point, but this wasn't the right time.
Stacey just wants any small part, so of course she gets Mrs. Darling. Sam Thomas gets Mr. Darling! They're still seeing each other, so initially it's fun. Sam starts joking around a lot, in part because his friends tease him about robbing the cradle by dating Stacey. But he goofs around so much that Stacey is constantly embarrassed by him. They work it out, though.
Claudia is the set designer. She's paranoid a piece of the set will fall and maim or kill an actor, but of course that doesn't happen.
Mary Anne expressly does NOT want to be involved in the play, but that cannot be. She winds up wrangling the little kids during rehearsals and being Jackie Rodowsky's assistant. He needs the help, too: he's afraid of the crocodile costume. He does overcome it in time for the play, fortunately.
Mallory is the apprentice costume designer, and gets the awkward job of measuring the actors for their costumes, which she makes more awkward by being Mallory. Once she gets through that, her job isn't awkward anymore, but it is boring: just keeping track of the costumes and repairing as needed. She ends up stepping on Mary Anne's toes a lot due to her boredom before focusing on what her job actually is.
Logan is given a minor role as a pirate, and while goofing around backstage, gets himself kicked out of the play. But only temporarily; he learns his lesson.
Also, Jackie Rodowsky earns the role of Michael Darling, Cokie Mason gets Tiger Lily, Alan Gray is Smee, and several sitting charges and siblings get small roles as Indians, pirates, and lost boys. And Karen brats her way into having the director create a Tinkerbell role for her. Ugh.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: none
Mallory is always cold.
Logan's still on the track team, for which he had just qualified in the book he narrated.
Stacey's mom is so sweet to her in this book. Offering moral support but being willing to not insist on it is a great quality.
And Richard! He tapes the play so Dawn's dad can see it. Aww...
The Club: nothing new
One reason Jessi wanted the role of Peter is that none of the kids outside the BSC have seen her dance. What about Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation? She did ballet in the talent show which she organized.
SMS has eight class periods in a day. I only had seven. Was I deprived?
Why do students at SMS make fun of each other for bringing their own lunches to school? We never cared at mine. Maybe the extra class period makes them grumpy?
New SMS teachers: Mr. Cheney (drama), Miss Stanworth (home ec)
New student: Savannah Minton, Ellie Szilagyi (8th), Barry Soeder (unspecified)
PSA time: nothing stood out
I love this: remember in Dawn's first book when she had a conversation with Janine? "'Continue on' is redundant!" In one of her chapters, Dawn narrates "But our feud continues." Not "continues on." She learned!
Starting 8th grade: 4
Halloweens in 8th grade: 2 (plus one in seventh)
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2
Summers after 8th grade: 3
BSC Fights: 7
SMS Staff and Faculty: 32
Students (other than the BSC): 95; 62 8th graders, 2 7th grader, 18 6th graders, 12 unspecified
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 63 (bonbons, bubble gum, Butterfingers, butterscotch candy, candy hearts, Cheese Doodles, Cheetos, a chocolate bar, chocolate-covered cherries, chocolate marshmallow cookies, Chunky bar, cookies, Cracker Jacks, crackers (unspecified and whole wheat), cupcakes, dark-chocolate caramels, Devil Dogs, Ding-Dongs, Doritos, Fig Newtons, Fritos, fruit pie, gumdrops, Gummi Bears (regular and sweet-n-sour), Heath bars, Hershey's kisses, Ho Hos, jawbreakers, jellybeans, Kit-Kats, licorice, licorice whips, Lifesavers, M&Ms (regular and peanut), Mallomars, malt balls, marshmallows, Mentos, Milky Ways, mini candy bars, Necco wafers, Oreos (Double Stuf and chocolate-dipped), Payday bars, Planter's Peanut bar, popcorn, potato chips, pretzels, pretzel sticks, red hots, Ring Dings, root beer barrels, salt water taffy, Snickers, taco chips, Tootsie Roll Pops, Tootsie Rolls, tortilla chips, Triscuits, Twinkies, Yodels)
Crushes: Claudia-8 (Guy, Terry, Austin Bentley, Timothy Carmody, Arthur Feingold, Woody Jefferson, Trevor Sandbourne, Will Yamakawa), Dawn-5 (Travis, Lewis Bruno, Parker Harris, Price Irving, Richie Magnesi), Mary Anne-2 (Alex, Logan Bruno), Stacey-7 (Toby, Kelsey Bauman, Pete Black, Ross Brown, Pierre D'Amboise, Scott Foley, Sam Thomas), Kristy-1 (Bart Taylor), Mallory-1 (Ben Hobart), Jessi-3 (Daniel, Curtis Shaller, Quint Walter)