Original Publication Date: 1993
Ghostwriter? Yes, Peter Lerangis
Stacey finds herself falling in the with the popular crowd at SMS, comprised of the boys' basketball team and the cheerleaders. She goes on a date with one player and later becomes the girlfriend of another (Robert). She also tries out for the cheerleading squad, but doesn't make it despite being the best candidate due to behind-the-scenes nonsense that arises because the cheerleaders themselves are picking the new member rather than a coach. It's all part of this vast favoritism thing, one and the same with basketball players getting breaks on their schoolwork. When Stacey's new boyfriend finds out, it's the last straw and he quits the basketball team in protest. Apparently it sparks a change for the better.
We also get a glimpse into Shannon's family life, when the middle sister (Tiffany) feels inadequate compared to her over-achieving siblings. She finds a hobby (gardening) with the help of the BSC, and is happy to let that be what she excels in.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Claudia candy: blue corn chips under her bed and behind a hat in the closet; chips, pretzels, and malted milk balls in her backpack
Stacey is getting much more interested in being popular. And it's believable; she was part of the in group at her school in New York before THE DIABETES.
Shannon is a member of the honor society and "practically fluent" in Spanish and French. She also still likes drama.
Tiffany Kilbourne is ten, and needs a sitter. When we first met her, she went with Shannon on sitting jobs to help. Maria is eight and into swimming.
Stacey "introduces" Shannon to us as an associate member despite the fact that Shannon's filling Dawn's position and present at meetings.
8th grade Students: Corinne Baker, RJ Blaser, Robert Brewster, Marty Bukowski, George Burke, Jason Fox, Ronnie Gallea, Margie Greene, Malik Jeffrey, Linda Kedem, Kathleen Lopez, Sheila MacGregor, Diane Maqnani, Wayne McConville, Penny Weller, Darcy (didn't catch her last name)
Faculty/Staff: Ms. Levine (8th grade homeroom), Mr. Schubert (unspecified), Mr. Halvorsen (basketball coach but also works at the school; he has an office)
Mascot: the Chargers
PSA Time: nothing stood out.
I'm siding with Stacey on her low opinion of Pizza Express. I ate at a Pizza Express in Seattle and it was pretty bad. I'm fairly certain there's no franchise that connects the two, what with one existing in a fictional book, but still...
Claudia calls Stacey asking for a barrette. Good thing she wasn't missing a red ribbon!
Robert shows up for a date wearing a "zipped-up down coat." I remember that description being awkward when I read it as a kid.
Starting 8th grade: 6
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2
Halloweens in 8th grade: 3 (plus one in seventh)
Thanksgivings in 8th grade: 1
Summers after 8th grade: 6
BSC Fights: 8
SMS Staff and Faculty: 36
Students (other than the BSC): 128; 94 8th graders, 2 7th graders, 19 6th graders, 12 unspecified
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 86