Stacey and the Mystery Money (M#10)

Original Publication Date: 1993

Ghostwriter? Yes, Ellen Miles


There are counterfeiters in Stoneybrook, and to make matters worse, Stacey accidentally passes a fake $10. The BSC decides to start investigating.

This isn't the only exciting thing happening in Stacey's life: there's a new boy at school, Terry, who seems to like Stacey (she and Sam are just about over). They go out a few times. However, his family seems oddly secretive, and the BSC is suspicious that perhaps they are the ones behind the counterfeiting. But there's a twist: Terry's dad is an undercover investigator with the Secret Servicd, and with some tips from the BSC, solves the case. That means the family will have to change their identities AGAIN and move AGAIN for the next case. Anyone else think it's strange that a family with three minor children, one in elementary school, would have to live like this?

At least Stacey and Sam might get back together for a bit.

Established or continued in this book:

The Girls (and Logan):

Claudia candy: M&Ms, Pringles, Devil Dogs, Ruffles under bed, Twinkies behind a curtain, Mars bars in her sock drawer

Nothing else stood out.

Their Families: nothing new.

The Club: nothing new.


School's in session for the fifth time.

The "Hoyt" twins are briefly enrolled at SMS, but I'm not adding them to the count since they're gone by the end of the book. For the same reason I'm not adding their younger brother to the client list.

Stacey talks to the school librarian, but we don't learn her name. We do, however, find out that her English teacher is Mr. Fiske.

PSA Time:

In the US, bills printed after 1990 that are $5 and over have a security thread that you can see when a bill is backlit. It's very easy to check for discreetly by turning a bill slightly if you want to be sure of a bill's authenticity.


Stacey thinks she could be arrested for unknowingly paying with a fake bill. Pretty sure you need intent for that, dear.

The numbers:

Starting 8th grade: 4

Halloweens in 8th grade: 2 (plus one in seventh)

Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2

Summers after 8th grade: 5

BSC Fights: 8

SMS Staff and Faculty: 33

Students (other than the BSC): 111; 78 8th graders, 2 7th graders, 18 6th graders, 12 unspecified

Clients: 29

Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 76

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Laura said...

Yes, that's very weird that they'd put the kids through that. Mr. Hoyt's job seems like one more suited to a single man. (I'm surprised the kids haven't complained about this and Mr. Hoyt hasn't gotten a desk job or something, at least until they're older.)

Must look up Devil Dogs.

SJSiff said...

Right, I mean, aside from the sheer stress, would you trust a kid in elementary school to remember all the fake names of the family? Or a junior high student? I'd even be concerned about the spouse after too many moves! "Hi, I'm Sandee--I mean, Cindy."

Laura said...

I know I wouldn't trust ME to remember which name to use at which time so I probably wouldn't trust the children either.