Episode 55 – Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Craven Cove The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Sigma Seven 
 

Kait, Becca, and their guests Anna of Bellwether Friends and Holly of TopatoCo continue Flashback Summer by trying to solve the mystery of the missing entertainment after slogging through Nancy Drew and the Ghost of Craven Cove and The Hardy Boys and the Secret of Sigma Seven. Will they discover why they read so many of these books as kids? Will they uncover the secret to why these series are so long-lasting? Will they deduce the three basic personality types of all teenagers in series mystery books? (Spoiler alert: no, no, yes.)

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Footnotes: Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys YouTube Playlist

Nancy Drew TV Show Not Happening Because It’s ‘Too Female’

Hardy Boys Online

A Nancy Drew Ghostwriter on the Art of Being “Carolyn Keene” and the Evolution of Nancy Drew in a More Feminist Age

15 Mysterious Facts About the Hardy Boys

Nancy Drew in Starlight

The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, and the Secret Ghostwriters of Children’s Fiction

Nancy Drew by Kate Beaton: 1 2 3 4 5

The Original Ghostwriter Behind Nancy Drew Was One of The Most Interesting YA Writers of All Time

 Candy pairing:  Kait says old-timey penny candy, Becca says Three Musketeers, Anna says Twix and Bit O’ Honey, Holly says candy buttons.

Coming up next: Angels to Watch Over Me by Lurlene McDaniel.

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Episode 54 – R.L. Stine

Goosebumps: A Night in Terror Tower by RL Stine Fear Street: The Face by RL Stine 
With Renata still in her Sadness Cave, Kait, Becca, and their guest Sarah took advantage of her absence to talk about Goosebumps and Fear Street. Join us on a trip back to Scholastic Book Fairs past, which is much more fun than taking a trip back to a torture chamber in vaguely medieval times. Just be careful not to DIE!!!!

Chapter Two: …of boredom, because it turns out not much happens in these books, despite the cliffhanger shoved in every five pages.

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Footnotes: Goosebumps television theme song

Monster Edition: Goosebumps fanzine

Welcome to the Dead House by Rebecca Mock

Review of the Goosebumps movie

Goosebumps the movie is streaming on Netflix

RL Stine AMAs – 2013, 2016

A Definitive Ranking of Ever Goosebumps Cover by Creepiness

Are You Afraid of the Dark? Season One on Amazon | Later seasons on YouTube

Ross Hull (Gary on Are You Afraid of the Dark?) is a weatherman now

 Candy pairing:  Kait says Creepy Crawlers Edibles, Becca says Caramel Apple Pops, Sarah says Warheads.

Coming up next: Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys.

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Episode 53 – The Baby-sitters Club

Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia! Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters' Island Adventure California Diaries: Ducky #3
Flashback Summer continues! While Renata is off in the wilderness, settling into her Sadness Cave, Kait, our editor Becca, and our guest Jennifer said hello to their friends–the Baby-sitters Club! Kait, Becca, and Jen revisited the BSC franchise as a whole with Baby-sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia!, Baby-sitters Club Super Special #4: Baby-sitters’ Island Adventure, and California Diaries: Ducky #3, thinking fondly back on the time when you could call one number and reach seven reliable baby-sitters, people just abandoned their children to The World’s Most Mature Thirteen Year Olds on the regular, and that theme song was constantly stuck in your head. Put on your oversized blue and pink tie dyed t-shirt, blue cowboy boots, pink and black checked leggings, side-ponytail, and one earring shaped like a musical note and one earring shaped like a guitar and join us for another stroll down memory lane in our Flashback Summer!

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Footnotes: The Baby-sitters Club television theme song

The Baby-sitters Club Mystery Game commercial

A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books

List of Baby-sitters Club books by ghostwriter

California Diaries on Wikipedia (including ghostwriters)

Peter Lerangis on Ghostwriting the Baby-Sitter’s Club and the Future of YA Lit

Quantum Leap theme song

Monstress Vol 1 by Marjorie Liu and Sana Takeda

Candy pairing:  Kait says candy necklaces, Becca says Now and Laters, Jennifer says Fruit-by-theFoot.

Coming up next: Goosebumps and Fear Street by RL Stine.

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Episode 52 – Animorphs #1

Animorphs #1 by K. A. Applegate

Kait, Renata, and their guest Priscilla (@Priscellie) read Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate. As the first entry in our Flashback Summer, we revisited our favorite teens who can turn into animals, and also the one teen who is a bird. Renata and Priscilla reminisced fondly about reading the series as youths, while Kait found the entire premise of human children turning into animals to fight aliens to be questionable, for some reason. What better way to spend the 4th of July than by turning into a bald eagle and celebrating your independence from our Yeerk oppressors? (N/B.: if you are not from the USA, you may turn into a different bird of your choice.)

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Footnotes: The Toast: The Animorphs

Scientific Questions About Animorphs

Scholastic To Give Animorphs New Life

K. A. Applegate’s Reddit AMA

Animorphs on TV Tropes

The Time Renata Met Katherine Applegate

Candy pairing:  Kait says Raven’s Revenge, Priscilla says gluten-free churros, Renata says Cinnabon.

Coming up next: Baby-Sitters Club #56: Keep Out, Claudia! by Ann M. Martin.

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Episode 51 – Lone Wolf

Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

Kait, Renata, and their guests Malia and Meagan read Lone Wolf by the mistress of twist endings, Jodi Picoult! This episode starts with the revelation that “Picoult” is pronounced like “pekoe” and only gets more shocking from there. Actually, a lot of the twists aren’t really that surprising, but we are still reeling from the revelation that the man who left his family to live with a pack of wolves for 2 years cheated on his wife with a human woman, rather than a wolf like we thought.  If you have internet access in your wolf den, listen to this episode now! (If not: learn how to decode the wolves’ complex language of howls if you want to survive.)

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Footnotes: Jodi Picoult name pronunciation

The Moth: Man and Beast by Alan Rabinowitz

Snopes: Le-a

Snopes: Polished Off

Candy pairing:  Kait says scavenged trail mix, Malia says Pop Rocks and soda, Meagan says assorted chocolates with mystery filling, Renata says movie theater popcorn.

Coming up next: Animorphs #1: The Invasion by K. A. Applegate.

 

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