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Claudias Friend (The Baby-Sitters Club, #63) claudia s english teacher, mrs hall, informs claudia that a big test is coming up, claudia needs to do really well not just pass if she wants to pass english altogether mrs hall suggests that claudia take advantage of the tutoring available in the resource room, but claudia freaks for some reason, she thinks using the resource room will cause everyone at school to think know she s a dummy that doesn t seem very charitable to the kids that currently use the resource room, but hey at claudia s english teacher, mrs hall, informs claudia that a big test is coming up, claudia needs to do really well not just pass if she wants to pass english altogether mrs hall suggests that claudia take advantage of the tutoring available in the resource room, but claudia freaks for some reason, she thinks using the resource room will cause everyone at school to think know she s a dummy that doesn t seem very charitable to the kids that currently use the resource room, but hey at the babysitters club meeting that afternoon, mrs rodowsky calls to request a tutor for shea, the oldest of the rodowskys he has been struggling in school for a long time, was recently diagnosed with dyslexia however, even with a diagnosis that explains the real issue behind his learning difficulties, shea thinks he is dumb, he has become suspicious of all the help encouragement offered by adults mrs rodowsky hopes that tutor closer to him in age will besuccessful claudia immediately begs off tutoring duty explains her own school situation to the other sitters they suggest that she get a tutor too claudia is saduntil stacey offers to be her tutor claudia is pleased that her best friend is stepping up to make herself truly helpful, agrees to stacey s offer meanwhile, mary anne takes the first tutoring session with shea.the first time stacey comes over to help claudia study for her english test, she suggests that they work in the kitchen she covers up all the clocks so claudia won t be distracted by the passage of time, she gets very school marm ish, making claudia work with spelling flash cards such forth claudia is grumpy, but tries to remember that stacey is trying to be helpful be a friend the next time stacey comes by for a tutoring session, she gives claudia a gift a marbled composition book at first, claudia is grateful, because she thinks stacey has given her a new sketchbook claudia often uses the marbled composition books as sketchbooks because she can use them to draw in class it looks like she s taking notes then stacey explains that the notebook is claudia s new journal she says that keeping a journal will help claudia practice writing in full sentences paragraphs, that she should try to work her vocbulary words into her entries stacey will then correct her entries for spelling grammar claudia is NOT pleased she thinks it s pretty damn presumptuous of stacey to think she s going to take a red pen to claudia s innermost thoughts so she decides to write very impersonal entries in the official journal, for which she look up every single word prevent stacey from finding any fault, she ll keep a private journal in which she complains about stacey s dictatorial tutoring style i think we all see the wacky mishap soon to occur.meanwhile, mary anne didn t have much luck with shea he is really struggling he really seems to think he is dumb he often becomes frustrated gives up on his work jackie archie act weird when mary anne is over she turns around to find them staring into shea s bedroom at the tutoring session, giggling together at first she wonders if they re laughing at shea for needing extra help, but she reminds herself that jackie may be clumsy, but he s not mean spirited then she wonders if maybe they are jealous of the attention shea is receiving after mary anne s first study session with shea, she goes to a babysitters club meeting, which is interrupted by janine delivering a note she found addressed to the babysitters club on the front door it says, you are nice janine cracks me up by saying something to the effect of, it appears you are receiving special recognition for your positive efforts how gratifying god, i love janine none of the sitters have any clue who is sending the notesbut they all wonder if maybe it s a boy working up the courage to ask them to the upcoming spring dance at the community center hey, geniuses why is it addressed to the entire babysitters club, then claudia isn t taking many new sitting jobs because she needs to spend all her time preparing for her english test, but she did have a job with the rodowskys already lined up the boys are practicing softball when she arrives, claudia notices that shea is a really good player, really patient at helping the younger boys out with their skills later, she asks him about his schoolwork he becomes very critical of himself claudia is all, you can do it, shea, you re a smart kid, but she can tell it s not helping him she knows because that s the same thing her parents teachers have been telling her for years, it s never helped her but she doesn t know what else to say.at her next tutoring session with stacey, stacey asks to correct claudia s journal claudia forks it over, feeling quite smug about its perfect spelling so she s shocked when stacey starts marking it up with a red pen turns out, claudia made quite a few grammatical errors writing it s for the possessive form of its, for example claudia is outraged asks how she s supposed to learn with all the confusing rules of the english language stacey is also not especially impressed by all the work claudia did decorating her flash cards with cute drawings claudia thinks stacey is acting like a stern alien teacher.it all comes to a head during the babysitters club meeting, when the girls get another weird secret admirer note on the door this one says, you re the greatest stacey immediately concludes that it s for her, from sam claudia hulks out accuses stacey of being conceited stacey has some choice words about claudia s lack of effort in school claudia ends up kicking stacey out of her room, hence, out of the meeting all the other sitters are like, holy shit but none of them want to get in the middle of it after everyone cleaves, claudia lets fly in her secret journal, writing all about how much stacey sucks as a friend tutor.claudia has nother job at the rodowskys, but she s in a shitty mood because of her fight with stacey shea says something about his homework, rather than lathering him up with platitudes, claudia sighs says, i know what you mean she goes on to explain that she really struggles in school too, might even fail english if she doesn t do okay on an upcoming test shea is really interested curious in her problems, asks her to help him work on his spelling claudia s all like, okay, but i m going to have to see the words, because otherwise i will have no idea if you re spelling them right while she is quizzing him, she notices that shea has developed a few little tricks for sounding out words figuring out how they re spelled she asks him about his technique is bowled over by the elegant simplicity of his explanations she then asks him to quiz her, she tries out some of his tricks finds they work for her too shea crunches some numbers in his head tells claudia how many questions she needs to get right to get a high enough grade to pass her class, she is like, whoa, how did you do that in your head it turns out that shea is really good at math, lots of other things too it s just reading writing that are hard for him, because of his dyslexia together, they make a good tutoring team, each helping the other.back home, claudia wants to tell stacey about her awesome session with sheabut they re not talking claudia is sad.after the next babysitters club meeting, stacey asks for claudia s journal because she needs to correct it again claudia is distracted stacey accidentally takes the secret journal we all saw this one coming when claudia realizes the mistake later that evening, she is like, oh shit so much for having a best friend she seems to have a pretty easy time compartmentalizing the problem, gets to work on her flash cards instead.when the test rolls around, claudia works really, really hard scores a B , which is enough to pass the class she is overjoyedbut she still has to sort things out with stacey meanwhile, the babysitters got another note, asking them to meet their admirers at the rosebud cafe on saturday morning they become convinced that the admirers are cokie grace trying to pull some mean trick of them since sending fake admirer notes does seem to be cokie s stock in trade , so kristy suggests they all dress really badly come armed with practical joke supplies the whole dressing badly thing is a transparent plot device i don t see how cokie grace would be impacted in any negative way by the babysitters looking ugly when the girls show up, they discover that their admirers are some of their charges the rodowsky boys, the arnold twins, the braddocks wanting to treat them to ice cream to thank them for being awesome sitters the babysitters quickly de uglify themselves with limited success in cases like mallory enjoy their ice cream.that afternoon, stacey calls claudia asks if they can talk claudia heads to stacey s house, they both wind up apologizing claudia for writing mean things about stacey, stacey for turning into a bossy britches over the tutoring they patch things up, later, claudia receives a hand written note for shea, thanking her for study help being a friend.the tagline on the cover is, claudia shea can t spellbut they can still be friends like spelling is some kind of pre requisite for being friends in some parts of the world weird Shea Rodowsky has been diagnosed with dyslexia, and Mrs Rodowsky asks one of the baby sitters to tutor him Claudia doesn t have enough confidence in her own abilities to volunteer for the job, so Mary Anne takes it, but Shea is so easily frustrated and volatile that it s slow going Meanwhile, Claudia s English teacher tells her she s in danger of failing if she doesn t bring her grade up, so Stacey volunteers to tutor her, but she gets overzealous and treats Claudia like a child They fight Shea Rodowsky has been diagnosed with dyslexia, and Mrs Rodowsky asks one of the baby sitters to tutor him Claudia doesn t have enough confidence in her own abilities to volunteer for the job, so Mary Anne takes it, but Shea is so easily frustrated and volatile that it s slow going Meanwhile, Claudia s English teacher tells her she s in danger of failing if she doesn t bring her grade up, so Stacey volunteers to tutor her, but she gets overzealous and treats Claudia like a child They fight While baby sitting, Claudia is honest with Shea about her problems, and they start helping each other, sharing tips and giving each other flash cards and humble, non condescending help It s really sweet.I love tutoring plots, and while Claudia s complaints about Stacey are understandable, Stacey s enjoyment of her schoolteacher role and the office supplies that entails is also sympathetic.There is a pretty lame but very minor subplot where the BSC receives anonymous notes and assumes a that they re from various boys including an infamous Kristy wears a skirt sequence when she tries to seduce a confession out of Bart on the basketball court, and he is just confused, which I always think is in Kristy s Mystery Admirer , and then b that they re a practical joke, like Cokie Mason is always playing It turns out to be secret option c , that some baby sitting charges are trying to thank them.Continuity, Schmontinuity Speaking of Mystery Admirer, what about Kristy s claim that these notes are not Bart s style THEY ARE EXACTLY HIS STYLE Read as a kid Yes, several times This was another of the few that I skipped ahead in the series to get Not sure why I did prefer Claudia to all the other sitters, so perhaps I couldn t resist jumping to the current book when it was a Claudia With weird orthography in the title Timing It s described as an unusually hot day when the kids can take off their sweatshirts during Krusher practice, suggesting fall or spring Revised Timeline Earlyish spring of twelfth grade Not an exceptionally great Claudia book, but it could have been worse Maybe it couldn t have been any boring, but definitely not any worse I think I remember reading this one as a kid I remember the fight between Stacey and Claudia, and Claud struggling in English I think this led my best friend and me to having tutoring sessions. Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading Great stories about friendship and life lessons The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.Awesome books that girls will love And the Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading Great stories about friendship and life lessons The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.Awesome books that girls will love And the series grows with them Terrific Author As a tween I DEVOURED the BSC books I can still remember the first one I read was 8 Stacey in Sea City Man did I love those books You could see a little bit of yourself in almost all of the babysitters I was artistic, close to my Grandmother, and couldn t spell like Claudia, I was shy and cried easily like Mary Anne, I wore glasses like Mallory The only one I never really liked was Kristy I always found her annoying And really, who likes bossy people In the last few years, I ve been tr As a tween I DEVOURED the BSC books I can still remember the first one I read was 8 Stacey in Sea City Man did I love those books You could see a little bit of yourself in almost all of the babysitters I was artistic, close to my Grandmother, and couldn t spell like Claudia, I was shy and cried easily like Mary Anne, I wore glasses like Mallory The only one I never really liked was Kristy I always found her annoying And really, who likes bossy people In the last few years, I ve been trying to reread essentially relive my childhood each of the BSC books I have a checklist and everything Some, I d never read before and this was actually one of them at least I think Once I read through it, parts felt familiar, which makes me suspect that I may have read it over omg 20 years ago.I liked it fine I guess.Oh, and it didn t actually take me three days to read this I picked it up on the 19th and read the first chapter and then finished it last night unfortunately not until after midnight This Is Book In The Baby Sitters Club Series In This Book, Claudia And Shea Can T Spell, But They Can Be Friends My favorite part of this book was Stacey being really rude about Claudia s atrocious spelling and grammar, hahahahahaha this book was supposed to leave me with sympathy for people with learning disabilities and instead it made me envy Stacey getting to correct all of Claudia s mistakes with a red pen I m such a Stacey. Least favourite, omg I ve always been a good speller, so I just had no liking or respect for Claudia I mean, I was 7 or so when I started reading and she was meant to be 12 and 13 and she couldn t even spell something like what Shea had an actual problem, but Claudia was just dumb elitist snob. Gah For a couple of best friends, Stacey and Claudia really don t treat each other well Why don t they just I don t know TALK to each other


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