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Sweet Valley Kids Super Snooper #4-The Case of the Xmas Thief

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , on June 7, 2010 by girltalkread

I know, I know- I have been soooo MIA lately, and with no warning to boot!! Well, I have been busy- I am working out more and blogging less, and as a result I have many of u missing me, but I have lost 29 lbs- and I have 11 to go!! If I make to be a perfect size 10 or 8, I will be VERY blessed. I am also house/apartment hunting with the boyfriend, and work is busier than ever- but I am going to try to post twice this week- I will do my best!!!

First of all, I swear that every Super Snooper book takes place during Christmas. How many times can one celebrate Christmas in one year? Sheesh! So, there’s actually not a whole lot to this book. Mrs. Otis, the twins’ teacher, has asked every kid to bring in something that most makes the holiday special. Elizabeth and Jessica bring in special cookie cutters. By the way, Mrs. Wakefield is a room mother- this is pre interior designer Alice Wakefield, remember. Well, things start going missing in the classroom. And while things are going missing, Ricky Capaldo, the shy kid in class ( featured rather prominently later on in SVH #21 Runaway- man, I LOVE that book I wish I had that one to recap!) is complaining that due to the impending birth of his baby sister, his parents are totally ignoring him and he is hating Christmas. The Snoopers find out that the kid stealing all of the kids’ awesome holiday stuff is… get ready… readier- RICKY CAPALDO!! Instead of telling the teacher about Ricky, though, Elizabeth helps Ricky to realize that having a baby sister will be great,and Mrs. Capaldo gives Ricky a great Christmas gift and through the power of Elizabeth Wakefield, Ricky knows that his parents will always love him, baby or no baby. I am sorry this book was barely recapped, but it was really boring- even for a Sweet Valley Kids book. I promise that my next post- on SVH #58- Brokenhearted… will be much better. Even if Jeffrey French and Liz Wakefield look like brother and sister on the cover. At least the villian Courtney Kane is introduced and I ADORE Courtney- briefly, she was the Erica Kane of Sweet Valley! But more on that in my next post- and after that post I do PROMISE I will DO MY BEST- apartment hunting, working out or work be damned ūüėČ to post once a week- especially since I do have many books to get recapped! Sweet Valley fans will be especially pleased as I have MANY of those to recap!

Sweet Valley High Super Edition- Special Christmas

Posted in Sweet Valley with tags , on December 14, 2009 by girltalkread

Wow- this book was just so craptacular. I really liked reading the Super Snooper Christmas book, and even Karen acted somewhat human in ” Karen’s Wish.” But wow this is utter SHIT- not as shitty as that Sweet Valley Twins’ Christmas book that I read about 30 pages of before I tossed it aside and anger and disgust ( basically these two dolls that Jess and Liz’s grandparents give them come to life and take them on some acid trip adventure- man it’s shitty) but shitty nonetheless.

OK- so the main plot in this book is that Suzanne Devlin is visiting the Wakefield family at Christmastime.¬† We first meet Suzanne in Book #11- Too Good to Be True- where Suzanne accuses Roger Collins of rape and steals Elizabeth’s prize laveliere necklace that Elizabeth and Jess got for their sixteenth birthdays- yep we know all about those darn necklaces. Jessica did not meet Suzanne at that time because it was some exchange that while Suzanne was visiting the Wakefields that time, Jessica was in New York City visiting Suzanne’s family- and Suzanne’s boyfriend almost rapes Jessica. Sooo… supposedly Suzanne wants to visit Sweet Valley and the Wakefields because she’s totally changed her wicked ways and wants to apologize to the Wakefields and the whole town for how rotten she has been. But no one in Sweet Valley is exactly prepared to forgive Suzanne- so in revenge Jessica plots with Aaron Dallas ( he was really into Suzanne and I guess she dissed him) that Aaron will tell Suzanne to meet him at a party but they will give her totally fucked up directions and she will get lost in the middle of nowhere. Well, Suzanne does so, but then Suzanne gets all drowsy and falls asleep behind the wheel and crashes. Also, Suzanne has a BIG secret- Suzanne wants to make amends to everyone because Suzanne is REALLY sick- she was just diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and has to take all kinds of meds. Alice Wakefield knows all about this but has chosen not to tell the twins because Suzanne doesn’t want anyone to know. Alice is so upset that a beautiful girl like Suzanne has to be afflicted with such a terrible disease whereby Suzanne may go blind and wet her pants- horror!!! Well, as Suzanne is rushed to the hospital and examined, we then learn that Suzanne’s fancy New York doctor totes fucked up and Suzanne has been tired all the time and clumsy because she had undiagnosed MONO- NOT MS!!!!! What kind of quack doctor is this?

Elizabeth has been so forward to Todd visiting from Vermont for Xmas. Todd has a secret of his own- he fell in love with Suzanne Devlin while both of them were skiing in Vermont. Liz had no idea about this until Liz sees Todd look at Suzanne with ” a lot of love in his eyes” in the hospital, and Todd and Elizabeth have a tearful breakup once Elizabeth sees that Todd is now out of love with Elizabeth and in love with Suzanne.

In another plot, Jessica is determined to be Miss Christmas, and is convinced this exchange student Hans is her Secret Santa at school, and is in love with her.¬† Jessica becomes Miss Christmas and makes Lila be an elf on the float. Jessica is also wicked upset once she finds out that the boy who bought her tons of romantic gifts was NOT Hans- it was Winston Egbert! And Hans had Lila for Secret Santa, and likes Lila. Yeah, because Lila kicks ass. And Bill Chase got Olivia for a Secret Santa, and his idea of a great gift was having the men’s swim sing to Olivia in their swim trunks at the Dairi Burger. Awesome.

God, this book was BORING- and what a fuckin quacky ass doc who mistook mono for MS!!! GRRRR!! And naturally Todd had to come back to Cali and hide the fact that he is in love with someone else- and it’s none other than the changed Suzanne Devlin. Now, I swear I have ” Too Good to be True” buried somewhere in my closet- maybe I will recap it someday. Or maybe not.

Time for my break- as you know, I will be on a holiday break until close to the New Year- definitely at least till Christmas. And I shall return with a recap of ” Dawn’s Big Date” BSC #50.¬† After that look for these titles:

Sweet Valley Twins #42- Jessica’s Secret

Freshman Dorm #20- Freshman Affair

Sweet Valley Twins #68- The Middle School Gets Married

BSC #87 – Stacey and the Bad Girls

Sleepover Friends #27- Where’s Patti?

BSC Little Sister #1- Super Special- Karen’s Wish

Posted in Baby-Sitters Club with tags , , on December 8, 2009 by girltalkread

Andrew is watching a commercial on TV at the little house. Andrew wants a Dyno- Car for Christmas. Karen tells the captive readers out there that a Dyno Car is a little racecar that explodes when it runs into a wall or something.¬† Then Andrew and Karen sing the whole ” Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Batman smells, Robin laid an egg” song.¬† Karen stops singing suddenly because a Baby Grow a Tooth commercial is on TV, and Karen wants a Baby Grow a Tooth doll for Christmas. Baby Grow a Tooth pretty much sounds like of the ” Baby Alive” of my sister’s youth ( my sister will be 26 on January 4th btw).¬† Karen and Andrew are both very excited over Christmas. This year, they will spend Christmas Eve at Watson’s house aka the big house and Christmas Day at the ” little house” aka Karen’s mom and stepdad’s house, where Karen and Andrew live most of the time.¬† We also hear that a week ago, Karen and Andrew had to have Thanksgiving dinner twice in a day at both the little and big house. Karen is already sick of turkey.

Now we have the Chapter 2 ” two two ” junk. BLECH. Now Karen is playing at Nancy’s house.¬† Nancy and Karen are playing Nintendo and Nancy keeps winning, because Karen doesn’t have Nintendo at her house. Karen says to Nancy maybe she will ask for Nintendo for Christmas.¬† Nancy then says she can ask for Nintendo games for Hannukah. Karen is all ” oh too bad you don’t celebrate Xmas Nancy then you’d get your games sooner nah nah nah nah” God Karen SUCKS-¬† OK she is seven but a genius seven year old, right? When I was seven there were probably like two Jewish kids in my whole town, and I knew kids got gifts at Hannukah!¬† Nancy tells Karen that she gets presents at Hannukah.¬† Nancy says Hannukah comes before Christmas so she will get her gifts before Karen does. Wench Karen thinks to herself that she feels sooooo very sorry for Nancy because Karen is sure to get many more Christmas presents than Nancy will get Hannukah presents.¬† Nancy then says to Karen she wishes Karen celebrated Hannukah, because it would be nice if Karen and Nancy celebrated the same holiday. Karen thinks to herself that would be awful because Christmas is just the raddest. Nancy says she wants Baby Grow a Tooth for Hannukah.¬† Karen says she also wants Paddington Bear books ( I want a Paddington Bear so bad actually) and an art kit, the book the Polar Express, and also more Bobbsey Twins books.¬† Nancy wants the book the Witches by Roald Dahl- damn I HEART that book!

When Karen gets home, her mom is on the phone. Mom says to Karen it’s her dad on the phone and Karen goes and talks to Watson.¬† Watson has bad news- Nannie fell down and broke her hip! Nannie has to be in the hospital for several weeks. Karen is devestated- what if Nannie isn’t home in time for Christmas?¬† Karen’s mom suggests that Karen talk to Kristy because Karen is so mopey, as it may make Karen feel better to talk to Kristy.¬† Kristy tells Karen Nannie may be in the hospital for at least three weeks because Nannie broke her hip pretty badly and she may need surgery.¬† Kristy also says Karen can’t visit Nannie in the hospital because kids aren’t allowed in the special part of the hospital where Nannie is.¬† Karen is very upset because she remembers that Kristy’s friend Claudia’s grandma went to the hospital and died there and Karen is all thinking ” please don’t die, Nannie.”

Karen and Andrew write their letters to Santa¬†one night and send them ” up the chimney” by putting the paper over the fireplace flames so the list shoots up the chimney. That is sort of cool.¬† Karen writes to Santa that she has a Christmas wish that Nannie will come out of the hospital before Christmas.¬†

It’s a big house weekend. Usually, Karen loves weekends at Watson’s. But this weekend Karen is not looking very forward to the weekend because Nannie won’t be there.¬† Karen is mopey all Friday night. On Saturday, Kristy is baby sitting and suggests that Andrew, Karen, Emily and David Michael all make Christmas tree ornaments.¬† Kristy says they can make the ornaments to surprise Nannie when she comes home.¬† Nannie then calls and Karen answers the call. Nannie says she will be home the week before Christmas and Karen says ” promise”‘ and Nannie says she promises to be home by that time.

Karen is in school and Ms. Colman, the best teacher in the world according to Karen, says that the children can make decorations for Christmas¬† and Hannukah.¬† Nancy gives a Hannukah lesson to Hannie and Karen as they work on decorations. In Nancy’s house, the kids get one presents on seven nights, and lots of gifts on the eighth night of Hannukah. Hannukah started because a mean king named Antiochus wanted everyone to follow his religion.¬† The Jewish people did not want to do that.¬† The Jewish people decided to fight back. Their leaders were a family called the Maccabees.¬† They fought for several years and they won!¬† There was peace in their land. But the soldiers took over the Temple of Jerusalem, and the Jews wanted it back.¬† They needed to light a menorah and have the light burn , but the Jews had very little oil. But amazingly enough the oil kept that light burning for eight nights! That is why Hannukah lasts eight nights and is called the Festival of Lights.¬† Nancy’s story gives Karen the idea to get Nancy a present. Karen always exchanges Christmas gifts with Hannie, but she also wants to get a gift for Nancy this year.¬† Karen decides she will get Nancy Book #53 of the Bobbsey Twins. Karen and Nancy have both been looking for Book #53 forever and cannot find it! So Karen decides to look for that book for Nancy for a gift.¬† The book is called the Bobbsey Twins and the Mystery Cave. Karen’s mom agrees she will help Karen look for that book and if there are two copies, she will get Karen a book as well. Karen has to go to quite a few bookstores the next day, but finally one bookstore has ONE copy of that particular Bobbsey Twins book! So Karen buys it for Nancy.

Karen, Nancy, Andrew, Seth and Karen’s mom go to get a Christmas tree together the next day and of course they find the perfect tree. After bringing the tree home, Karen’s mom makes Christmas cookies. Nancy asks Karen if Christmas is only about Christmas gifts, cookies and trees¬† and Karen thinks that Christmas is much more than that.¬† Karen tells Nancy there is a special Christmas story, just as there is a Hannukah story.¬† Basically, the Archangel Gabriel tells Mary she is pregnant with the child of God.¬† As Mary and Joseph travel through Bethlehem they cannot find a place to stay. An innkeeper finally says they can stay in his stable.¬† That night, Mary gives birth to God’s son and they name him Jesus. The Three Wise Men find baby Jesus by following a bright star in the sky and they give the baby gold, frankincense and myrrh. I am sure I spelled the last 2 wrong- ah well. Let me just say though that the story of the Nativity at the Rockette’s Xmas spectacular is beautiful, and that is no joke.¬† Nancy asks about the story of Santa Claus. Shit, Nancy, haven’t you ever seen¬†” Santa Claus is coming to Town?” The Bergermeister wanted to ban toys, and Kris Kringle was all fuck you Berger man and made toys for kids anyway! HELLO!¬† Or else ummm per Karen’s mom there was a kind bishop named Saint Nicholas who wanted to tell people about Christ. Not everyone liked this, so Saint Nicholas was put in jail.¬† He was even kinder when he left prison and there were all sorts of stories about how Saint Nicholas was especially kind to children.¬† Over the years the stories have changed and people in different countries believe different things. Karen is all ” we know Santa lives in the North Pole with Rudolph right Mommy?” Yeah shut up Karen.¬† Then Nancy tells Karen more about Hannukah- like about driedel games and lighting the menorah each night.¬† During the lighting of the menorah, the family says Jewish blesssings and they sing songs in Hebrew.¬† The driedel says four different words that mean “a great miracle happened there.”¬† Nancy’s favorite driedel game is that you put six nuts or raisins in the center. If the top points to nun it means ” nothing” so you get nothing. Gimmel means everything so you take all the nuts or raisins. Heh means you take half, and shin means you add to the pile. Whoever has the most nuts or raisins wins. One also eats potato latkes at Hannukah.¬† We then hear that Karen will be able to spend the last night of Hannukah with Nancy’s family, and Nancy will spend Christmas with Karen’s family. Dibbly fresh.

Karen is making a Christmas list when Watson calls. He has some bad news.  Nannie developed a staph infection and has a sore throat and fever and has to be in the hospital until she feels better.  Watson is not sure if Nannie will be home for Christmas.  Karen is not too happy with this development.  Karen is upset about Nannie but still excited for Christmas. Karen watches Charlie Brown Christmas and How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and is counting down the days.

Karen, Andrew, Nancy and Hannie get a snow day!!! They all play in the snow together and Karen learns Nancy got two books for the first night of Hannukah but thankfully not the Bobbsey Twins book.¬† It’s now the eighth night of Hannukah in the next chapter. Nancy, her parents, and Grandma B are all at Nancy’s house with Karen. Grandma B is Nancy’s adopted grandma ( see my recap on ” Karen’s Grandmothers” for more info).¬† Nancy’s parents, Nancy and Grandma B sing songs in Hebrew as the light the menorah.¬† Nancy and Karen play a driedel game and Nancy wins three times. Nancy also gives Karen and driedel for her and Andrew to play at home.¬† Nancy got a lot of gifts at Hannukah- Baby Grow a Tooth, Nintendo games, and a skirt.¬† Karen got two gifts from Mr. and Mrs.¬† Dawes as well- barettes for Karen’s hair, and ribbons.¬† Karen gives Nancy her present at Nancy just stares at it- Karen hopes nothing is wrong with the book! Then Karen and Nancy both get gelt- those chocolate coins- yummm. And Hannukah is over.

It’s Christmas Eve and Karen is bummed because when she gets to the big house, Nannie won’t be there. Karen only had one darn Christmas wish and it didn’t come true.¬† Karen and Andrew admire the tree when after awhile, Elizabeth says she’s going on a ” secret mission.” What can it be?¬†

Daddy and Elizabeth bring Nannie home! Now, I am sorry but for an elderly person that breaks her hip- she’d need rehab. And would probably be in a nursing home at least short term. I doubt she’d come home right after being in the hospital. But now it means Karen’s wish comes true and Nannie is home from the hospital!¬† After the family has a dinner of clam chowder and turkey, Karen reads ” the Night Before Christmas” to the family and then Watson reads the Christmas story from the Bible. Elizabeth makes hot cocoa as the big house family goes to open their gifts. Karen got lots of books and Baby Grow A Tooth.¬† Nannie even made Andrew a hat and Karen leg warmers that she made while in the hospital.¬† Karen then writes a note to Santa from Andrew, Emily and Karen and leaves Santa cookies.

It’s Christmas at 6:30 am!¬† Karen and Andrew open their stockings and they have candy, small toys and walnuts in them. The big house family opens all of their gifts.¬† Boo Boo goes nuts over catnip he received.¬† The family eats Christmas coffee cake for breakfast.¬† Then, Karen and Andrew are due to leave to celebrate Christmas with the little house family. As Karen gets to her house, Nancy comes running holding a present that looks VERY familiar to Karen.

At Karen’s house, Karen’s mom has a stocking for Nancy and Nancy is very excited. Karen said having a driedel made her excited as well.¬† Karen got clothes, books and a game called Sorry, plus her art kit ( BTW I love the game Sorry).¬† Then Karen opens her gift from Nancy- know why it’s familiar? Admittedly this is sort of cool- Nancy got Karen the SAME Bobbsey Twins book!¬† Best friends think alike and they agree it’s been the best Hannukah and best Christmas ever!¬† Karen then makes a Christmas list for next year as she never made one this year- yeah seh got interrupted with Watson’s call about Nannie.

Karen wishes for all of her family to be healthy for next year, to celebrate Hannukah with Nancy, everyone in her two families to be home for Christmas, no more plane crashes, bombs or wars, for everyone in the world to have homes to live in, for Ricky Torres to propose to Karen ( well Karen THAT wish comes true- see ” Karen’s In Love!!” ) and for three Madame Alexander dolls.¬† The back of this book has holiday games that Karen loves for you to try! Joy.

Tomorrow, if not by the end of the week at the latest, I will be recapping a Christmas themed Sweet Valley Kids book.¬† Then for next week it will be ” Sweet Valley High Super Special- Special ( or Sucky) Christmas.” After that book is recapped, I will be back by the end of 2009 to recap BSC #50- Dawn’s Big Date! And the first book of the new year- look forward to THIS in 2010- Sweet Valley Twins #42, Jessica’s Secret!