the best friends you’ll never have

Last day of the Challenge… hope you guys enjoyed it. Soon we’ll be back to our regularly-scheduled Stoneybrookite programming, and I hope it’ll be more regular than it has been in recent years.

It’s hard to choose just ONE moment. There are so many. Let’s see, Watson paying for Dawn and Claudia to go on a cruise. Jessi being left in charge of Squirt and Becca and having it seen as a responsible thing for parents to do. I agree with BSCAG that ten-year-olds would so NOT listen to an eleven-year-old and all of those independent softball teams in the surrounding towns of Stoneybrook? Yeah, most kids don’t find Little League that threatening of an activity.

But probably the BIGGEST is the Junior League Detective Agency they ended up turning into over the course of the Mystery series. In the beginning, it was a little more realistic, and dealt with things that weren’t necessarily “mysteries,” per se–the Missing Ring, Janine acting weird, Jessi and Quint THINKING they found a Mystery when in fact they found rehearsing actors, etc. And then things got weird and they required an entire separate notebook for “cases” and became de facto members of the Stoneybrook Police Department and everything else. I actually kind of like how they ended the Mystery series, with “Whoa, this shit has gotten real/totally dangerous,” even though the Super Mysteries were just as dangerous, with CRAZY STALKERS and everything.

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Laura said, January 17th, 2012 at 2:37 pm

Missing Ring contained a mystery, in that no one knew what really happened to Mrs. Gardella’s ring.

I think a couple of the craziest things happened in Claudia and the Clue in the Photograph: Seargeant Johnson letting the girls into/in on the questioning of Mr. Zibreski (and the Kristy held the photos of the evidence for ransom until/unless he did so), which WTF? And that Mr. Z. actuallly confessed in front of them!

Eowyn said, January 19th, 2012 at 1:57 am

Off the top of my head (and you provided some excellent ecamples) the whole vactioning together thing. One of the most ridiculous examples being people Mr. Schafer (Dawn’s father) never even met staying at his house!

Eowyn said, January 19th, 2012 at 2:00 am

Sorry I meant “examples” and as has already been stated the mere notion that kids so close in age to the baby-sitters would even listen to them.

BSCAG said, January 19th, 2012 at 3:06 am

Oh, the mysteries. That’s an excellent point. They’re so out there that I don’t even always think of them as being part of the BSC stories.

maculae said, January 20th, 2012 at 4:29 pm

I think the most realistic of the mysteries was Mary Anne and the Mystery of the Attack. I thought the super mysteries were hilarious. Crazy stalkers out to kill them in some way? Ok!

greer said, January 21st, 2012 at 2:17 am

@maculae: yeah, the Attic one was really good because uncovering family secrets that are painful is something that DOES happen to people, rather than crazed mystery train wannabe killers. Also, even though it was super freaky, I found the haunted masquerade one pretty realistic, because sometimes people DO snap.

» 30 Day Challenge Round-up Stoneybrookite: the best friends you’ll never have said, January 22nd, 2012 at 12:01 pm

[...] Here are all my answers: Day 1, Favorite Sitter: Stacey Day 2, Least Favorite Sitter: Logan Day 3, Favorite Regular Book: Stacey and the Bad Girls Day 4, Least Favorite Regular Book: Kristy Thomas, Dog Trainer Day 5, Favorite Mystery: Claudia and the Mystery at the Museum/Stacey and the Stolen Hearts Day 6, Least Favorite Mystery: Kristy and the Missing Child Day 7, Favorite Super Special: Baby-Sitters on Board! Day 8, Least Favorite Super Special: Baby-Sitters’ Island Adventure Day 9, Favorite Minor Character: Cary Retlin Day 10, Least Favorite Minor Character: Clarence King/Mark Jaffe Day 11, Favorite Sitting Charge: Marilyn and Carolyn Arnold Day 12, Least Favorite Sitting Charge: The Perkins Girls Day 13, Favorite Parent: Maureen Spencer Day 14, Least Favorite Parent: Patrick Thomas Day 15, Favorite Fight: Stacey versus the BSC Day 16, Favorite Love Interest: Ethan Carroll Day 17, Favorite BSC-organized Event: Valentine’s Day Party Day 18, Favorite BSC Vacation Spot: Paris or Disney World Day 19, Favorite Holiday Book: Baby-Sitters’ Christmas Chiller Day 20, Favorite Couple in the Books: Amalia/Brendan; Maggie/Tyler Day 21, Favorite Couple Not in the Books: Mary Anne/Cary Day 22, BSC Member or Minor Character You Could See Yourself Being Friends With: Sunny Winslow Day 23, Favorite Friends Forever: Claudia and the Disaster Date; Welcome Home, Mary Anne; Mary Anne’s Revenge Day 24, Least Favorite Friends Forever: Graduation Day Day 25, Moment/Scene From the Books That Sticks Out For You the Most: Wine bottles in flop socks Day 26, Favorite Claudia Outfit: “Serious Artist” Outfit Day 27, Favorite Stacey Outfit: Stacey’s Dad Award Dinner Outfit Day 28, One Thing You Learned From the BSC: “Continue on” is redundant Day 29, Favorite BSC “Villain”: Bad Girls/Badd Boyz Day 30, Biggest “Wouldn’t Happen in Real Life” Moment: The Mystery Series [...]

Eowyn said, July 19th, 2012 at 2:36 am

This is an embrassing admission since I never really paid attention to it as a change but the closeness in age of the Pike children. My background is Mexican so many of my older relatives had a lot of children but as an adult I can’t get over the fact that Mr. and Mrs. Pike had Mallory, a year later had TRIPLETS, a year later had another kid and then continued to have children so close in age to one another. The original Thomas family had the four kids more realistcally spread out in ages.

Eowyn said, July 19th, 2012 at 2:38 am

I meant to say I didn’t pay attention to it as a child. And what a health risk for Mrs. Pike!

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