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Mallory and Claudia are helping Stacey unpack from her move back to Stoneybrook when they find an antique trunk in the McGill's attic. Stacey doesn't want the dusty thing, so she gives the trunk to Mallory...who finds an old diary at the bottom of it. The diary belonged to Sophie, a girl who lived in Stacey's house in the 1890s. As Mallory reads deep into Sophie's diary, sh Mallory and Claudia are helping Stacey unpack from her move back to Stoneybrook when they find an antique trunk in the McGill's attic. Stacey doesn't want the dusty thing, so she gives the trunk to Mallory...who finds an old diary at the bottom of it. The diary belonged to Sophie, a girl who lived in Stacey's house in the 1890s. As Mallory reads deep into Sophie's diary, she discovers a mystery on their hands to solve, because Stacey's house isn't big enough for her, her mom..and a family of ghosts!


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Mallory and Claudia are helping Stacey unpack from her move back to Stoneybrook when they find an antique trunk in the McGill's attic. Stacey doesn't want the dusty thing, so she gives the trunk to Mallory...who finds an old diary at the bottom of it. The diary belonged to Sophie, a girl who lived in Stacey's house in the 1890s. As Mallory reads deep into Sophie's diary, sh Mallory and Claudia are helping Stacey unpack from her move back to Stoneybrook when they find an antique trunk in the McGill's attic. Stacey doesn't want the dusty thing, so she gives the trunk to Mallory...who finds an old diary at the bottom of it. The diary belonged to Sophie, a girl who lived in Stacey's house in the 1890s. As Mallory reads deep into Sophie's diary, she discovers a mystery on their hands to solve, because Stacey's house isn't big enough for her, her mom..and a family of ghosts!

30 review for Mallory and the Mystery Diary

  1. 5 out of 5

    Robin

    (Note: this 4 stars is relative. It's not the same 4 stars I would give to, say, Faulkner's less acclaimed works. It's 4 stars in BSC-land.) True story: I decided to reread this old Babysitters Club book because I had a nightmare that I was trapped in my childhood bedroom and Jared Mullray, aka The Ghost At Dawn's House, was rapping on the wall, waiting to come out and get me. Therefore, I decided that I needed to refresh myself on the Jared Mullray narrative (next up: The Ghost At Dawn's House a (Note: this 4 stars is relative. It's not the same 4 stars I would give to, say, Faulkner's less acclaimed works. It's 4 stars in BSC-land.) True story: I decided to reread this old Babysitters Club book because I had a nightmare that I was trapped in my childhood bedroom and Jared Mullray, aka The Ghost At Dawn's House, was rapping on the wall, waiting to come out and get me. Therefore, I decided that I needed to refresh myself on the Jared Mullray narrative (next up: The Ghost At Dawn's House and Mary Anne And The Bad Luck Mystery). I was surprised to find that I really, really loved rereading this book. I like how the first three BSC mysteries all had an interwoven narrative, and how Mallory and the Mystery Diary kind of wove the first two together. (Seriously, screw the mystery series- these books were so much better!) Also, this book is wicked funny. The part where Kristy's doing the seance cracked me up, and I'm not even nine years old anymore. I also thought that for once, the babysitting (and tutoring!) in the book wasn't wildly ridiculous and unrealistic. That's pretty rare, as far as Stoneybrook is concerned. This book really drove the point home for me that Ann M. Martin is the shit. I'm glad she got her Newbery Honor book after the BSC was dead and gone (but not gone forever, of course!). She's a really, really talented writer. The ghostwriters weren't terrible, but Ann's voice started the series, and everything veered way too off course without her around. Also, I like Mallory. I think she's kind of boring, but her narration is good for hearing about all of the other babysitters. She's younger than all of them (except Jessi, of course), and she's in total awe of how cool she thinks they are. It's fun to read the books that way, especially when she's freaking out about how awesome something really weird is, like Dawn's "tiny straw hat."

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if I come across these at a yard sale, I will pick them up for a couple hour trip down memory lane, and I declare nearly nothing centers and relaxes me more!

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✨Jordan✨

    Oh no. One of the kids that the BSC members babysit for has fallen behind his peers in reading. Buddy isn’t as fast as the other kids in his class. So Mallory is assigned the task of tutoring him. While all this is going on Mallory also finds a mysterious diary in a trunk that was in Stacey’s attic in her new house. This isn’t any ordinary diary though, it was written over 100 years ago by a 12 year old girl named Sophie! As she is reading through it she discovers that Sophie’s father was wrongl Oh no. One of the kids that the BSC members babysit for has fallen behind his peers in reading. Buddy isn’t as fast as the other kids in his class. So Mallory is assigned the task of tutoring him. While all this is going on Mallory also finds a mysterious diary in a trunk that was in Stacey’s attic in her new house. This isn’t any ordinary diary though, it was written over 100 years ago by a 12 year old girl named Sophie! As she is reading through it she discovers that Sophie’s father was wrongly accused of stealing a portrait and the mystery was never solved if what actually happened to it. Can Mallory solve the mystery even though it was over 100 years ago? And can she also help Buddy in his reading during the process?? You will just have to read to find out.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie (TheRebelliousReader)

    4 stars. Such a fun mystery that Mallory and the girls go on. I feel like Mallory is a very underrated member but I love her and find that I really enjoy stories that are focused on her. This is only her third book in the series where her name is in the title but they are a fun time. This one just had the BSC bonding and having fun solving a mystery and I loved it.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    this is my first time reading this book! wow, this was way better than I expected based on the synopsis. okay. stacey, mallory, and claudia find a bunch of cool old stuff in the attic of the 19th-century house stacey just moved into. one cool thing is a trunk, that mallory takes home and eventually opens to find victorian clothes and a victorian girl's diary. the diary details a mystery involving the girl's maternal grandfather accusing the girl's father of thievery. meanwhile, buddy barrett is h this is my first time reading this book! wow, this was way better than I expected based on the synopsis. okay. stacey, mallory, and claudia find a bunch of cool old stuff in the attic of the 19th-century house stacey just moved into. one cool thing is a trunk, that mallory takes home and eventually opens to find victorian clothes and a victorian girl's diary. the diary details a mystery involving the girl's maternal grandfather accusing the girl's father of thievery. meanwhile, buddy barrett is having trouble reading in school and mallory becomes his tutor. she teaches him to love reading and they solve the mystery together. highlights: -buddy's eventual enjoyment of reading warms this little fakelibrarian's heart. seriously, the chapter where they read comics together and then make their own comics? or the chapter where they take turns reading encyclopedia brown stories to each other and solving the mysteries? so cute! -mallory notes that she feels like her 11-year-old year has been a decade. well, it's definitely been more than a year by this point, and it will actually be over a decade long. february 1988 is when Logan Likes Mary Anne! came out (and mallory's 6th grade year started), and november 2000 is when Graduation Day came out (and mallory finally finished 6th grade). -I love that stoneybrook legends have continuity. old hickory from Mary Anne's Bad-Luck Mystery is the jerk grandfather of sophie (the diary owner). -in one cute chapter, charlotte johanssen reads Katie and the Sad Noise to stacey without showing her pictures, then shows her pictures and stacey realizes it's a christmas book. charlotte did this to prove a point that things are not always as they seem. I love how smart and level-headed she is. -in general I just like the resolution to this. I like that old hickory couldn't stand to see his daughter's portrait but wanted to keep it so he got it covered up. I like that he was racked by the guilt of letting the rumors that jared (sophie's father) stole the portrait run wild, so he wrote out a confession and hid it. I love imagining the ghost of old hickory sneaking out of the cemetery, seeing mallory and buddy find his confession, seeing stacey and her mom displaying sophie's mom's portrait in their living room, and finally resting in peace. lowlights: -when describing the things stacey has to do for her diabetes, mallory narrates, "stacey is philosophical" since she would rather do those things than get sick. okay mallory, I look forward to when you get diabetes and you don't check your blood sugar and give yourself insulin injections because you're not philosophical enough. -seriously, buddy can barely read and his teacher calls archie comics trash? UGHHHHH. any reading is better than no reading, you jerk! -kristy dresses up as a "gypsy" for the seance. ugh. the most boring claudia outfit ever: -"Claud herself was wearing jeans, a plain white blouse, a pink sweater, white socks, and loafers." other outfits: -stacey: "Stacey, on the other hand, was in a much more typical outfit--a short-sleeved blue-and-white jumpsuit with cuffed pants. Parts of it were stripes, parts were solid. On her feet were high-topped sneakers laced only halfway up so that she could roll the tongue of the shoe down (extremely cool), plus she was wearing a lot of jewelry. I think Claud had made some of it for her." -mary anne: "Mary Anne, who can be pretty funky in her own shy way, was wearing a very cool short printed jumper over a striped shirt...The jumper was white with a small red print, and the shirt was white with narrow, widely-spaced stripes." snacks in claudia's room: -pretzels (n.s.) -ring dings (n.s.)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    Mallory finda diary full of hard to read handwriting and, as a result, I don't read half this book. Mallory and Stacey find an old diary in a trunk in the attic of Stacey’s new house. The diary belonged to Sophie, a 12-year-old from 1894, who tells the ups and downs of her life, ending with a crime: Sophie’s father, a scoundrel, was blamed for the disappearance of a painting from her grandfather’s house. Mallory is meanwhile tutoring Buddy Barrett with his reading. When she discovers he’s not mot Mallory finda diary full of hard to read handwriting and, as a result, I don't read half this book. Mallory and Stacey find an old diary in a trunk in the attic of Stacey’s new house. The diary belonged to Sophie, a 12-year-old from 1894, who tells the ups and downs of her life, ending with a crime: Sophie’s father, a scoundrel, was blamed for the disappearance of a painting from her grandfather’s house. Mallory is meanwhile tutoring Buddy Barrett with his reading. When she discovers he’s not motivated to read his school books because they’re boring, she gives him fun reading material, like comics, and later, the diary. Buddy becomes motivated to solve the mystery, and is instrumental in tracking down a new document in which the grandfather confesses that he framed the father, and had the painting done over. Mallory and Stacey examine the paintings in her attic and find one where a chip in the paint reveals a different portrait below. There’s a lot to like about this one. While a lot of the clues are clumsy (the deus ex confession springs to mind), they could certainly be worse (I especially like that Sophie’s diary has a lot of other stuff in it besides the circumstances surrounding the mystery), and there is something very cool about the idea of the painting-over-a-painting. The book creates reasonable suspense surrounding a historical mystery, which is pretty bad ass when done well, and which other BSC books have attempted with far less success (The Ghost at Dawn’s House and The Mystery of Stoneybrook spring to mind). It’s a bit too neat and coincidental, I suppose, that the events in the diary relate to both the story of Jared Mullray from The Ghost at Dawn’s House AND of Old Hickory from Mary Anne’s Bad Luck Mystery, but it’s more interesting than either of them, and it’s actually kind of cool how it fits them together. I rather like the idea of this whole other Victorian Stoneybrook story emerging over the course of the BSC books. I’m very fond, too, of the reading tutoring storyline, both because it works well with the rest of the story, and just because I like tutoring (especially non-traditional tutoring) stories in and of themselves. Eerily Meta: "I feel as if I’m going to be eleven forever." --Mallory, in her journal Timing: Immediately after #28. (Unusually for BSC books, this one depends on and refers a lot to the events of the book right before, as Mallory is helping Stacey and her mother get settled into their new house, which is right near hers. Revised Timeline: This is where I figure out how old the baby-sitters would be if they aged. Mid-fall of ninth grade (seventh for Mallory).

  7. 4 out of 5

    Swankivy

    So Stacey moved back to Stoneybrook and there's crap in the attic. Including a mysterious trunk, which she gives away to Mallory and which makes so much sense. (Seriously, do relics from the 1890s usually sit around in attics without getting noticed when houses are sold? I didn't think that actually happened unless the house was handed down within a family or something.) There's a convenient little diary in the trunk (along with old clothes), and Mallory's totally into it. Because a girl her age So Stacey moved back to Stoneybrook and there's crap in the attic. Including a mysterious trunk, which she gives away to Mallory and which makes so much sense. (Seriously, do relics from the 1890s usually sit around in attics without getting noticed when houses are sold? I didn't think that actually happened unless the house was handed down within a family or something.) There's a convenient little diary in the trunk (along with old clothes), and Mallory's totally into it. Because a girl her age wrote about her life in the 1890s, and she's excited about both reading it and getting one of the kids she sits for interested in reading to help her solve the "diary mystery." I liked the idea of a diary being involved in the plot, because I always had a diary and probably would have written things similar to what the little girl from the 1890s would have. Except then the diary turned into a mystery story with a dead mother and a stolen painting, and everyone starts wondering if there's a ghost yearning for resolution. Conveniently, a confession explaining everything is in the same trunk, which was unbelievable to me even when I was a kid. Maybe this is why I hate mysteries; it's so hard to make an interlocking puzzle out of real-life events that is actually believable, and this failed harder at being believable than most mysteries, so it was disappointing to me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Spencer

    Mallory and the Mystery Diary Plot: Stacey has moved back to Stoneybrooke and Mrs. Pike sends Mal over with a casserole. Claudia is there and Mrs. McGill sent them all to put some boxes in the attic. It’s there they find a bunch of antique objects and a beautiful (locked) trunk. Mrs. McGill wants to throw it away because it’s taking up space, but Claudia and Mallory object. Mallory ends up getting the trunk and taking it home. Since Buddy is having trouble reading, Dawn offers Mrs. Barrette one o Mallory and the Mystery Diary Plot: Stacey has moved back to Stoneybrooke and Mrs. Pike sends Mal over with a casserole. Claudia is there and Mrs. McGill sent them all to put some boxes in the attic. It’s there they find a bunch of antique objects and a beautiful (locked) trunk. Mrs. McGill wants to throw it away because it’s taking up space, but Claudia and Mallory object. Mallory ends up getting the trunk and taking it home. Since Buddy is having trouble reading, Dawn offers Mrs. Barrette one of the BSC members to tutor him. The triplets get the trunk open and inside are vintage lace clothes, hats, broaches, a blank book with pressed flowers, and a journal that belonged to a 12-year-old girl named Sophie in the 1800s. Mal saves the journal for later, thinking that she hopes she can get Buddy as interested in reading as she is (she’ll be the one tutoring him). At the first session, Buddy keeps trying to stall Mallory. She makes up a game using the flashcards that whatever words he gets right he gives 1 minute of free time. He has trouble sounding out words and his sister can read better than him (She’s five. He’s eight). Mallory reads some more of the diary and finds out Sophie was very social and was in love with a boy named Paul. Sophie’s mother gives birth to a boy Edgar but dies afterward. The Grandfather comes into a lot of money but cuts off Sophie, her brother, and her father Jared because Jared is has a dark past. The Grandfather (Hickman) accuses Jared of stealing a valuable painting. Sophie is angry and didn’t think it was her dad. Vanessa and Mal talk about it and wonder if Sophie and Jared’s spirits still haunt the house and that’s why over the years the house has had such a large turnover. (Why would they haunt *this* house? Grampa Hickman, she said lived in a mansion? They’ve already said Stacey’s house isn’t that.) Kristy, Karen, Emily, Andrew, and David Michelle spent the afternoon exploring the fourth-floor attic and find what they think is Old Ben Brewer’s furniture and some old antique toys. (I’m not sure why this chapter was even added). At the next meeting, they all throw around theories. Kristy wonders if Sophie’s grandfather Old Hickory (an old recluse who when he died left his nephew a fortune and told him not to give him a grave but he did anyway. Now his spirit haunts the cemetery). Dawn wonders if Jared is *the* Jared that haunts her secret passage. Then they say Sophie or Edgar could have stolen the painting, but Mallory discredits this theory because Sophie would have used the diary to confess not lie. Mal comes up with the brilliant idea to make reading fun for Buddy by bringing Archie comics and then having them make their own. So, Mallory thinks to try a séance to contact Sophie or Jared. But Madame Kristine is definitely no Manfred Bernardo. Charlotte teaches Stacey a lesson through a story that appears to be about one thing, but the pictures show something else that things aren’t always what they seem (people either but that’s another lesson). Mallory lets Buddy solve some Encyclopedia Brown mysteries and he’s good at it. So she tells him about the diary and they go over to her house. Buddy while looking for clues in the trunk discovers a secret compartment and in it is a confession from Old Hickory saying that he had the painting painted over and just let everyone believe Jared did it. He wrote the confession knowing one day someone would know the truth. Buddy asks how the trunk got to Stacey’s and Mal said maybe the nephew moved some things from Hickory’s place to Sophie’s (Hickory owned both houses). Then Buddy says maybe the painting is still there. And it is, Mal finds a painting of ships with a ring showing. Stacey and her mom decide to hang it over the mantle. And Buddy he goes on to the middle reading level -the Robins- and he reads a chapter book (The Hardy Boys) with few mistakes. So Mal has the idea to take some of the treasury money and buy him a reward (the book the GOOPS) which I never heard of. My Thoughts: I am jealous! Stacey has a cool attic. Kristy has a cool attic. Attics have always been a fascination of mine because in stories and television shows the coolest and weirdest things are found in attics (like glowing Books of Shadows). I once had a friend whose bedroom was in the attic and we use to have sleepovers. Do you know what’s in our attic? Installation vents. Not very interesting. That and crazy squirrels that get a kick out of running back and forth (and also sounding like they’re tussling or oh GAWD I don’t wanna think of the alternative). Mal’s idea of bringing comics to read to show Buddy how fun reading is and then drawing their own comics was a GREAT idea! I use to love the Betty and Veronica comics. They’re still on my reading list and I’ve found quite a bunch of them on a favorite site of mine that has a the most MASSIVE selection of comics you will ever see! However, a little weird to wonder if an 8-year-old is in love with you and then think that wouldn’t be so bad. Uh YES, it would! I definitely have to give Mal points in this because the séance was also another cool idea! Not that I’d really know what to say if one of my grandparents or the spirits of my cousin’s twins started speaking to me through a host’s body (and I knew the person). But I really liked the mystery and it’s held up over the years. I remember how it was like OOO when I first found out what happened to the painting. For some reason, I even liked the cover of this one. Everything tied up nicely. I’m a HUGE reader so I was very happy that this one was extremely reading-related. Then I also liked diaries. I kept quite a few when I was twelve and thirteen and still have them believe it or not. Rating: 8

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hallie

    In my quest to read all the BSC books in order, I found myself with another BSC ghost book without actual ghosts this week. I always love the Mallory books because she's bookish and always promotes reading. I loved that she used comic books to help Buddy, a very reluctant reader, enjoy reading. I know Mallory wants to be a writer but maybe her day job will be a Teen Services Librarian who promotes graphic novels and comics??? In my quest to read all the BSC books in order, I found myself with another BSC ghost book without actual ghosts this week. I always love the Mallory books because she's bookish and always promotes reading. I loved that she used comic books to help Buddy, a very reluctant reader, enjoy reading. I know Mallory wants to be a writer but maybe her day job will be a Teen Services Librarian who promotes graphic novels and comics???

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sara

    This is one of my favorites simply for the mystery involved. I'm a sucker for the Victorian/Edwardian era, and I always liked Mallory despite fandom and possibly canon's hatred for her. This one was a fun read! This is one of my favorites simply for the mystery involved. I'm a sucker for the Victorian/Edwardian era, and I always liked Mallory despite fandom and possibly canon's hatred for her. This one was a fun read!

  11. 4 out of 5

    audr.westreader

    This book is totally for mystery lovers. I loved this book. I wish I had been given that trunk. I would keep all the dresses. Lucky I don’t have a sister! I want you to READ THIS BOOK! Thanks for reading this! I would be happier if you read the book, though.

  12. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    This is one of my favorite books and is about a diary that Mallory found. I had a lot of fun reading the diary with Mallory and trying to figure out what was happening just like her.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Leigh

    A quick read to finish off the year and end my reading challenge on an even number. Starting right after the events of the last book Mallory arrives at Stacey's house with a hot out of the oven casserole for her new neighbours. Stacey and her mom are just finishing unpacking and are grateful to not be eating takeout for once. Claudia is also visiting and while putting away boxes in the attic they discover an old trunk. Mallory has the triplets haul it home for her for the cheap price of a dollar A quick read to finish off the year and end my reading challenge on an even number. Starting right after the events of the last book Mallory arrives at Stacey's house with a hot out of the oven casserole for her new neighbours. Stacey and her mom are just finishing unpacking and are grateful to not be eating takeout for once. Claudia is also visiting and while putting away boxes in the attic they discover an old trunk. Mallory has the triplets haul it home for her for the cheap price of a dollar a piece and after days of not being able to open the locked trunk they finally get it open. It's from the 1890s which seems a long time for a trunk to sit there and no one moved it, but who knows? Inside are old clothes and a diary from a girl named Sophie who is the Claudia of her generation based on her fashionable clothing and poor spelling. Sophie's mother dies in childbirth her father is accused of stealing a portrait and they are disowned by Sophie's mother's wealthy family. Convinced there's a ghost or two haunting Stacey's house the girls set out to solve the mystery. The other storyline Buddy Barett is falling behind in his reading and Mallory becomes his tutor and the two stories intertwine eventually. There is also cross over with other books, The Ghost at Dawn's House and Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery which is kind of cool too. I don't remember much about this book, I sort of remember reading it though. It ends with a set up of the next book with mention of the ever developing romance between Mary Anne's dad and Dawn's mom, so more to look forward too.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Okay, so I always did like this one. Then again, I always liked Mallory. She was a nerdy type girl who loved to read and wanted to be an author, just like me. What wasn't to like!? This one was actually fun, and I can now (as an adult) tie this to a real life story. I actually met another writer who was in residence at a major university during a weekend workshop. She was basing her entire thesis around a diary she had found at a yard sale, and the girl who had written it. Seriously reminded me Okay, so I always did like this one. Then again, I always liked Mallory. She was a nerdy type girl who loved to read and wanted to be an author, just like me. What wasn't to like!? This one was actually fun, and I can now (as an adult) tie this to a real life story. I actually met another writer who was in residence at a major university during a weekend workshop. She was basing her entire thesis around a diary she had found at a yard sale, and the girl who had written it. Seriously reminded me SO much of this book, since the diary had ended on a cliff hanger and you never find out what ACTUALLY happened to the writer. So yes. Four stars for this, because I even liked the B-Plot with Buddy Barrett being taught to read by Mal. You go, girl!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    The best part of this wasn't the mystery (though I love the pre-Mystery mysteries, they're more realistic,) even if I quite enjoyed Madame Kristin's séance. The best part of this book, surprisingly, was the "baby-sitting" (aka tutoring) that Mallory did throughout the book. I love that Mallory got Buddy excited about reading, and I loved the ways that she did it. (Although the more I think of it, the more I enjoy learning about Stoneybrooke's history and Old Hickory. I need to know if his son-in The best part of this wasn't the mystery (though I love the pre-Mystery mysteries, they're more realistic,) even if I quite enjoyed Madame Kristin's séance. The best part of this book, surprisingly, was the "baby-sitting" (aka tutoring) that Mallory did throughout the book. I love that Mallory got Buddy excited about reading, and I loved the ways that she did it. (Although the more I think of it, the more I enjoy learning about Stoneybrooke's history and Old Hickory. I need to know if his son-in-law was Dawn's ghost!)

  16. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    I'm shocked, surprised, and delighted that this was one of my favorites of the series so far. I know I've mentioned in previous reviews that I never really liked Mallory as a kid, so I'm continually surprised that I keep enjoying her perspective. As far as BSC mysteries go, this one was the strongest plot-wise so far--then again, Mallory is a little more practical than Mary Anne and I remembered the Phantom Caller a little too well already. But, nevertheless, creepy ghost story meets Baby-Sitter I'm shocked, surprised, and delighted that this was one of my favorites of the series so far. I know I've mentioned in previous reviews that I never really liked Mallory as a kid, so I'm continually surprised that I keep enjoying her perspective. As far as BSC mysteries go, this one was the strongest plot-wise so far--then again, Mallory is a little more practical than Mary Anne and I remembered the Phantom Caller a little too well already. But, nevertheless, creepy ghost story meets Baby-Sitters Club meets an actual sad story from the past that also happens to involve Stacey a lot (and she isn't whining about boys! yay!)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alex

    I always forget how old Stacey’s house is, because I don’t think it’s ever mentioned as being that way in later books. Books like this always made me want to find some old attic that I could explore, especially one with a mystery to solve. I remember my best friend and I reading this book and then searching hard to try and find a hundred year old diary in both of our houses, until our mothers told us that our houses were only, like, 20 years old. It was a huge bummer.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sayo

    As a kid my best friends sister had the whole BSC series on a book shelf in her room. I thought she was so grown up. And I envied this bookshelf. And would often poke my head into that room just to look at it. And when I read BSC, I felt like such a grown up. And while I might have still been a little too young to understand some of the issues dealt with in these books, I do appreciated that Ann M. Martin tackled age appropriate issues, some being deeper than others, but still important

  19. 5 out of 5

    Aubree

    I recently read Paperback Crush, a book about the history of YA in the ‘80s and ‘90s and it got me feeling a little nostalgic so I grabbed this Baby-Sitters Club book while at the library yesterday since I was a huge BSC fan back in the day. I am pleased to report that it held up. It was really cute and I would be just fine (excited in fact) if my daughter reads then when she gets old enough. I may even grab another one next time I am at the library.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Summer Hurst

    Three and a half stars The story itself was pretty good but the ghost and which business especially from the older girls, got old the first time, still the bulk of the story was good

  21. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany

    I love the focus on the joys of reading in this story.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3 Stars

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Baratta

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassandra

    I love all these baby sitters club books! I just recently got two more bsc books including this one. Love these!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Granado-Law

    Cultural References: Sesame Street; Pee-Wee's Playhouse; Candy Land; Chutes and Ladders Cultural References: Sesame Street; Pee-Wee's Playhouse; Candy Land; Chutes and Ladders

  26. 4 out of 5

    Juliette

    Interresting and full of suspens. BUT : there's a chapter of the book which is racist because it's based on prejudices against the roma people. Interresting and full of suspens. BUT : there's a chapter of the book which is racist because it's based on prejudices against the roma people.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina

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  28. 4 out of 5

    Kelly Woznik

    Really great book

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lily Stoddard

    It was a bit spooky but amazing at the same time! It was a awesome book and I’m sad it’s over 😢but happy!😁

  30. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kendig

    (LL) This book does a good job tackling: journals/diaries, a mystery, and teaching kids to like reading and writing in a fun way.

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