Thursday, April 23, 2009

Book Review of The Baby-Sitters Club Mystery #27: Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost

Claudia and the Lighthouse Ghost
Author: Ann M. Martin
Publisher: Scholastic (1996)
Paperback, 144 pages, $3.99
ISBN-10: 0590691759
ISBN-13: 978-0590691758


The Stoneybrook Lighthouse was boarded up under mysterious circumstances years ago, and shortly thereafter the owners left town. Now the Hatt family has returned to Stoneybrook with plans to restore and sell the property.

The Hatts are staying with Claudia's family while they get settled. When the Hatts begin receiving threatening letters, Claudia and her friends want to know why. Do the letters have something to do with a tragic accident that took place at the lighthouse all those years ago? Claudia and the rest of the Baby-Sitters Club are determined to find out.

The Baby-Sitters Club books are formulaic, but, judging by the popularity the series enjoyed during the 1990's, it's a formula that works. I devoured the series as a child and enjoyed revisiting this book as an adult. Little details such as Claudia's secret candy stash and poor spelling, Kristy's love of sports, and Mallory's huge family came rushing back to me as I was reading and brought a smile to my face.

Rating: 7/10.

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13 comments:

  1. Love it - great review! I loved this series as well (as I just told you on Twitter).

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  2. heh was there descriptions of Claudia and/or Stacey's clothes?

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  3. Wow, I haven't seen a baby-sitters book in ages! I think all of mine are with the goosebumps books in the attic ;)

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  4. I loved the Baby Sitters Club when I was little! I bought the first twenty-five or thirty books last year, and I read a ton of them in May. It made for a great nostalgia trip.

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  5. Wait, so are you the one who got us all started on BSC on Twitter? Ah, the memories. This one must have come out after I stopped reading them, because it doesn't sound at all familiar. I think I only read about 20 of the mysteries.

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  6. Jen, guilty as charged. It's amazing how many people grew up with and still love this series.

    Deborah, yes! And comparisons to Janine's lack of style, too. It was a fun read.

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  7. So this is where the BSC conversation came from!! :)

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  8. I drove my mother nuts by reading nothing but BSC for several years! I think I still have a few tucked away for sentimental reasons -- maybe it's time to revisit them...

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  9. I was banned from reading these for quite awhile -- my mom thought they were trashy or something -- but once she got over it I devoured the entire series. I remember that I always skipped the second chapter (the meeting one where they describe all of the girls in intense detail). And oh, the clothes... what memories :)

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  10. Oh wow. I used to love The Babysitter's Club. My favorite was the one where they all went on a cruise. I think I read that one a dozen times.

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  11. You aren't the only one to have read The Baby-Sitters Club this week. I read my daughter's copy of The Truth about Stacey this week. Literary Adventures was reading The Baby-Sitters Club super special books. It's funny how we're all visiting BSC at the same time.

    I'm just like Kim, I used to skip chapter two also!

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  12. I loved this series as a kid! I still have all of the ones that I collected back in the day. I'm hoping that my daughter will like them as much as I did!

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  13. MAN, I was addicted to this as a kid. ADDICTED. Thanks for reminding me :)

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