Original Publication Date: 1994
Ghostwriter? Yes, Ellen Miles
Dawn witnesses the getaway to a robbery that could result in Halloween trick-or-treating being canceled. She and the We ♥ Kids Club organize a party for the sure-to-be devastated kids, but also want to solve the mystery. In a truly shocking turn of events, the robber who for once Dawn did NOT insist might be a woman is a woman! A recently divorced woman who's trying to earn money to be able to see her son (a friend of some of Dawn's sitting charges) more often, as her ex has primary custody.
Back in Stoneybrook, the Barretts and DeWiits finally succeed in finding a house that they all agree on. It will be a little cramped, but the kids are happy and the parents can afford it.
Greer at http://blog.stoneybrookite.org/ is diligently posting about the BSC Challenge. Here are my next answers:
Major or minor character you could see yourself being friends with: I think I could be friends with Claudia as long as we didn't send each other letters. Bad grammar really irks me when it's a lot in a row (as in, more than just typos and obviously not caring). I also think I'd get along well with Shannon.
Favorite Friends Forever book: Kristy's Big News is the most memorable storyline, although I also really like reading about Claudia and Alan's interactions in Claudia and the Disaster Date.
Least Favorite Friends Forever book: Kristy Power was too over-the-top for me. I don't think that censorship is a good thing, but this book and others in the BSC books that deal with are so heavy-handed.
Established or continued in this book:
The Girls (and Logan):
Dawn claims she doesn't care if her brother eats candy because that's his business. Right.
Dawn still has the ring she got from Thrash in her last mystery book.
Dawn and Carol are getting along better now, and Dawn's pretty much accepted her as a stepmom. Dawn also still owes her dad money for the plane flight back to CT.
Jeff's still into bad puns.
The Club: nothing new.
It's Halloween, so Dawn's short visit has officially lasted more than a year...or only a month?
Dawn and the members of the We ♥ Kids Club enjoy chips with freshly-made salsa. Salsa is easy to make, but like cheesecake, it tastes better after it sits overnight in the fridge.
Dawn says that every race is exciting to watch even if it's not the Olympics. Having done distance races, I would clarify that the last 400 meters or so are exciting, not necessarily the entire thing.
Starting 8th grade: 7
Valentine's Days in 8th grade: 2
Halloweens in 8th grade: 4 (plus one in seventh)
Thanksgivings in 8th grade: 1
Summers after 8th grade: 7
BSC Fights: 8
SMS Staff and Faculty: 47
Students (other than the BSC): 165; 101 8th graders, 6 7th graders, 42 6th graders, 15 unspecified
Types of candy in Claudia’s room: 97
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