the best friends you’ll never have

One of the indicators that The Powers That Be at Scholastic were sometimes a little lazy in regard to the BSC books is the amazing coincidence of so many of the sitters’ parents being named “John” in some form. We have John Kishi, John Philip Ramsey (who has a brother named just plain John, apparently, according to BSC in the USA), Jonathan Pike (who was also sometimes called “John”), Jonathan Stevenson, and Jack Schafer.

Now, you’d think this would be easy enough to remember while writing about the BSC. Just remember that Stacey’s dad is Ed, Kristy’s bio dad is Patrick and her stepdad is Watson, Logan’s dad is Lyman, and Mary Anne’s dad is Richard. Then you can feel confident calling every other dad with a child in the Club “John.”

Except that Nola Thacker misread the memo. Here is a quote from Dawn and Whitney, Friends Forever:

Barbara looked downright disapproving as she walked up to the table and sat down. But all she said was, “What an interesting place, Richard,” in a cool, polite voice that said, NOT.

What, exactly, is Richard Spier doing on a family fun date with Dawn, Jeff, and some woman named Barbara??

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Taren said, February 15th, 2009 at 3:11 pm

Yes, thank you! I totally used to pick up on both of those things! I was so naive when I was little and I thought that surely an actual publishing house wouldn’t make a *gasp* mistake, so the Richard thing especially, just confused the hell out of me.

greer said, February 15th, 2009 at 7:08 pm

It’s really amazing to me how much better we are at catching these mistakes, and we’re not getting paid. PLUS, I was reading the new cover version of this book, which means that this was a second edition at the very least and they didn’t fix it.

Penny Lane said, February 16th, 2009 at 8:40 pm

I used to pick up on those things too, as a child. I can think of a specific time when I re-read a page over and over and over again (seriously, I read the same two pages of baby-sitter’s on board, like, 10 times) just to be sure that *I* wasn’t misreading the fact that margo was missing, but vanessa was going with two groups (I think. the mistake isn’t in the ebooks and it’s been awhile). Anyway, between that and a few other weird mistakes, I wondered why ann m martin (because i didn’t know how books were made, obviously) never looked over her finished manuscript.

Also, wasn’t Ann an editor before she became a writer? And if she wasn’t actually writing the books, was she editing the finished manuscripts? I don’t think I would have hired her for my college paper.

Um, sorry Ann! It’s totally not your fault. You were just very busy. I know. A book a month and all. I wish Scholastic would have not thought children wouldn’t notice. Because we did.

ashley said, February 16th, 2009 at 11:03 pm

Dear Scholastic: I will gladly edit the books for you if you want to re-release the series. My fee is a free copy of each book as they come out. Sincerely, Ashley :)

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