Episode 176 – Karen’s Plane Trip

Baby-Sitters Club Little Sister Super Special #2 - Karen's Plane Trip

This Flashback Summer episode found Kait & Renata home alone, no cool teen baby-sitter nor responsible adult around to monitor their bedtime. Things got a little loopy. You’ve been warned. We read several books from the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series: Karen’s Plane Trip, Karen’s Witch, Karen’s Ghost, and Karen’s Kittykat Club, all “by” Ann M. Martin. We made zero jokes about “Karens,” because Karen Brewer transcends that cliche and would only ask to talk to your manager if she thought your manager might know a good scary story. Listen to this episode to briefly distract yourself from the horrors of climate change!

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Footnotes: Life Lessons We Learned from Baby-Sitters Little Sister

Coming up next: The Baby-Sitters Club Super Mystery #2: Baby-Sitters Beware by Ann M. Martin.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 176 – Karen’s Plane Trip

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Episode 175 – Claudia and Mean Janine

Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin

We read Baby-Sitters Club #7, Claudia and Mean Janine and Baby-Sitters Club #40, Claudia and the Middle School Mystery, both by Ann M. Martin. We were thrilled to spend more time with the coolest kid in Stoneybrook, and especially thrilled to discuss her with Susan Tan, author of the Cilla Lee-Jenkins books. Listen to this episode while hiding junk food and Nancy Drew novels around your bedroom!

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Footnotes: “‘The Claudia Kishi Club’ is a love letter to the beloved ‘Baby-Sitters Club’ character” by Yi-Jin Yu

“Claudia and the Baby-Sitters Club Books We Really Needed”

“An Ode to Claudia Kishi, the Coolest Kid in ‘The Baby-Sitters Club'” by Bettina Makalinta

“Seventh-Grade Style Icon Claudia Kishi’s Baby-Sitters Club Outfits, Ranked” b

Coming up next: Karen’s Plane Trip by Ann M. Martin.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 175 – Claudia and Mean Janine

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Episode 174 – Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation!

Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #2: Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation!

We’re putting the “summer” in Flashback Summer by going to camp with our friends, the Baby-Sitters Club (and also our friend literary agent Amy Stern). We read Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #2: Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation and Baby-Sitters Club Friends Forever Super Special #1: Everything Changes, both by Ann M. Martin. We loved revisiting these books, but we’re not sure we’d send any children to visit Camp Mohawk. Listen to this episode while researching the summer camp accreditation process!

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Footnotes: “How The Baby-Sitters Club Made Social Justice Fun for Tweens” b

“These 19 Institutions Are the Best Summer Camps in the Country” by Nadine Jolie Courtney

Coming up next: Claudia and Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 174 – Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation!

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Episode 173 – The Courtship Of Princess Leia

The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton

We’re kicking off Flashback Summer by going to a galaxy far, far away and a long time ago. We read the non-canonical Star Wars Legends novel The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton with Star Wars Enthusiast Zayne. If you’re a Star Wars fan of a certain vintage, you might be grimacing with recognition here. If you haven’t heard of this book, you might be thinking it would be nice to see Han and Leia’s courtship and marriage. Unfortunately: it isn’t. It isn’t nice at all. If you ask your 3PO unit nicely, perhaps they will play this episode over their speakers for you.

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Footnotes: Star Wars Legends

“Who Gets To Be ‘Hapa’?” by Akemi Johnson

Coming up next: Baby-Sitters Club Super Special #2: Baby-sitters’ Summer Vacation! by Ann M. Martin.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 173 – The Courtship Of Princess Leia

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Episode 172 – No Walls And The Recurring Dream

No Walls And The Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco

 

We wanted to bring some girl power to Celebrity Memoir May, so returning guest Sophi joined us to read No Walls And The Recurring Dream by Ani DiFranco. If you”re thinking that that title is a little wordy and incoherent, you have a good idea of what the book is like. Listen to hear three long-time Ani DiFranco fans learn that you should never meet your heroes, or read their memoirs.

Content warning: This book contains descriptions of child neglect and sexual assault.

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Footnotes: “Ani DiFranco Is ‘Remarkably Unapologetic’ About Slave Plantation Retreat” by

Ani DiFranco Is Tired of Talking About Herself (So Here She Goes Again) by Rich Juzwiak

Women’s Festival Must Choose Between Indigo Girls and the Transgender Ban

New PSA Examines Experiences of Transgender Survivors with a Message that RAINN is Here for Everyone

‘The Rock’ buys a scoop of Portland ice cream — Dwayne Johnson takes a stake in Salt & Straw by Mike Rogoway

Coming up next: The Courtship of Princess Leia by Dave Wolverton.

 

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Readers Advisory: Episode 172 – No Walls And The Recurring Dream

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