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Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls (Baby-Sitters Club #2) Paperback – 1986


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 153 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; Reissue edition (1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590435132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590435130
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #889,108 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 3-5 The four 12-year-old girls who comprise ``The Baby-sitters Club'' are worried about a robber whose pattern involves first calling the possible victim and then remaining silent. The girls, responsible babysitters, are at the same time gossipy girls who are variously at odds with members of their families, their schoolwork, and above all, boys. It is one of the latter who turns out to be Claudia's ``Phantom caller,'' brave enough to dial, but too shy to ask her to the dance. Martin sometimes writes as her audience would (Claudia ``goes'' rather than ``says,'' for instance). Claudia is an underachiever, but gifted in art; she has a brilliant sister she doesn't like; and she is Japanese. She should be an interesting and complex character, but she is hardly distinguishable from the other three babysitters. This contrived story is one of those ephemeral paperbacks that can easily be forgotten. Carolyn Jenks, Oyster River Elementary School, Durham, N.H.

Copyright 1987 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.
--This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

More About the Author

Ann M. Martin is the bestselling author of the momentous series The Baby-sitters Club, as well as the Main Street series. Her other acclaimed novels include "A Dog's Life," "Belle Teal," "Here Today," and the Newbery Honor Book "A Corner of the Universe." She lives in upstate New York. For more information, visit www.scholastic.com/bsc.

Customer Reviews

Highly recommended to girls of all ages!!
Lisa M. Poole
I absolutely loved this book so I gave it 5 STARS!!
Amy B. Williams
The end is great and (surprise, surprise) funny.
Amy S.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on October 15, 2005
Format: Paperback
This is a really fun book I read over and over again. It's about a girl named Claudia Kishi who constantly receives weird phone calls on baby sitting jobs, where nobody answers. She had heard about a jewel thief nicknamed the Phantom Caller, who would call people who have a large amount of valuable jewelry, and when nobody answered, he would go to their house and rob them of their important jewelry. She was scared it was him, and also found out that her other friend from the babysitters club named Kristy Thomas was getting the weird phone calls, too. Later, their neighbors the Goldmans are robbed, but then they find out that it was only an imitation robbery. However, the babysitters club is still in a crisis. Mary Anne Spier is even banned from babysitting until the Phantom Caller was caught. Towards the end of the story, Kristy's Phantom Caller is actually a boy named Alan Gray that secretly liked her, and Claudia's was a boy she had been crushing on named Trevor Sandbourne. At the end of the story, the jewel thief is behind bars and Mary Anne can baby sit once again. My favorite part was at the end when everything was solved. I would recommend this story to pre-teens who enjoy a good mystery story that isn't too scary and that they can relate to.

~*Review by Anni-Lynn DeVito*~
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 15, 2006
Format: Paperback
The book Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls by Ann M. Martin is about four girls named Claudia, Kristy, Stacey and Mary Anne. They meet each other at school and they want to baby-sit so the make a babysitters club. They think of ways to make people want to have them as there babysitter. They become a group and do it for a really long time and for what I have read in each book there together and they meet other people to be in the club. The only problem about that is that some people leave. ¼ So in this book they hear about this Phantom Phone Caller and what the phantom phone caller does is he calls and he sees if anybody is home and he calls and hangs up. If anyone does not answer he will come and rob the house. If anyone does answer he will still rob the house. They hear all about it and they hear that he is there city. Only Claudia and Kristy get the phone calls. Who could it be?

I think that Claudia and the Phantom phone Calls is a great book that if you like short stories and you do not want to put your book down I definitely recommend it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 27, 1999
Format: Paperback
Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey have had some strange adventures since they started the Baby-sitters Club. But nothing's been as spooky as what's going on right now. The baby-sitters have been getting mysterious phone calls when they're out on their jobs. When a phone rings and they pick up, there's no one on the other end of the line. Claudia's sure it's the Phantom Caller, a jewel thief who's been operating in the area. Claudia has always liked reading mysteries, but she doesn't like it when they happen to her. So she and the baby-sitters decide to take action- with some very mixed results!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By "brooch" on February 18, 2000
Format: Paperback
BSC is so scared. They've started to get weird phone calls when they're baby-sitting. They don't know what to do. The scary adventures at stormy nights, when lights are out... And phone keeps ringing... and ringing... and ringing...
This book was scarier than Stephen King's books! To make it scarier, read it at night! Or, well. Maybe you shouldn't, because you can't sleep after that.
"Cheeann" was wrong with her review. Because this is made in 1986 and there wasn't many Caller ID's those days. So, this book is realistic!
I'll rate this with 5 stars!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 2, 2006
Format: Paperback
I love the BSC(babysittersclub) This is the sencod book. In this book Claudia hears or however on the radio that there is the phatom phone-caller. They are all scared and so they think theyd better think up a code like have you found my red ribon.(Yes that's really in the book) And maryannes father (Who is over srict.) Tells her that utill he is caught that she can't babbysit. It is really funny in a few parts. AG is a really dumb boy and I'll let you find the rest out yourself!

BSC BOOKS RULE!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By puff on September 9, 2005
Format: Paperback
This was the first BSC book I read. I was about 11 and got hooked on it after the first few pages. I remember sitting in my living room alone at night reading the part about Claudia hearing strange noises coming from outside while she was babysitting one night. I got frightened myself! The mystery element was terrific. Ann M. Martin is one of the greatest children's authors. She really understands preteens. No doubt she's so good because she was a teacher.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 23, 2006
Format: Paperback
This book was awesome. It's all about that someone is robbing houses. And they call the house then when someone would answer the phone they would hang up. Even though this book was scary I loved it. You should really read this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on May 28, 2004
Format: Paperback
a 12 year old girl name claudia kishi has been getting diffrent
calls and she and her sister is trieding best friends you should
read this book it is very goooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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