Original Publication Date: 1993
Ghostwriter? Yes, Ellen Miles
Claudia is very excited. No, not because Dawn's gone. One of her favorite artists is having an exhibit of his touchable sculptures at the local museum. She goes to the exhibit one afternoon with Corrie Addison and the Arnold twins, and while they're there someone steals some old, valuable coins from the archeology section. The BSC dives right in, quickly surmising that the coins are still in the museum (the theft was discovered immediately and everyone was searched before leaving), but where? Claudia eventually notices that one piece feels very different from the last time she saw it displayed, and with the help of the artist himself, realizes that the coins are stashed in a hollow space inside it. Turns out a man posing as a custodian did it. Mystery solved!
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: Doritos, Ruffles
Uh-oh...Mallory's been feeling rundown lately.
Janine is taking physics and chemistry at the same time? That would take brains. Or Claudia is just throwing out subjects that sound difficult.
The Pike kids get an allowance, but it's not specified how much.
The Club: nothing new
SMS: nothing new
PSA Time: nothing stood out.
This is an interesting book, but there's not a lot of material for me.
Starting 8th grade: 4
Halloweens in 8th grade: 2 (plus one in seventh)
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2
Summers after 8th grade: 6
BSC Fights: 8
SMS Staff and Faculty: 36
Students (other than the BSC): 111; 78 8th graders, 2 7th graders, 18 6th graders, 12 unspecified
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 85