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Claudia and the New Girl (Baby-Sitters Club) Library Binding – Large Print, September, 1993

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Product Details

  • Series: Baby-Sitters Club (Book 12)
  • Library Binding: 142 pages
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Pub (September 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0836810163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0836810165
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,081,729 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As I continue my journey down memory lane, I realize these books actually offered a lot of sound advice when it comes to friendship. Though I never encountered anyone as dedicated as Ashley, there were times as a teenager that I found myself on the outs with my friends. Though it was years after I had stopped reading the series, at those moments I could relate to how Claudia feels when she’s on the outs with the rest of the club.

The unique aspect about all of this is how it focuses on Claudia’s love for art and her insecurities about being good at anything else. This is a common theme in most of the Claudia books. But the great thing about this particular book is how Claudia rallies in the end by her own motivation. She goes out of her way to apologize to her friends, who truly don’t deserve it after the way they’ve treated her. Leaving nasty notes all over her room, stealing her food and short sheeting her bed is far worse than Claudia getting caught up in her art for a few weeks. Nevertheless, it’s Claudia who is mature enough to offer the first olive branch.

Also, it was nice to see Claudia realize that as much as she loves her art, catching up on her school work is really important. Truth is, after weeks of obsessing over her art, she finds herself with only a week left before the sculpture exhibit. So not only had she blown off her friends and her schoolwork, but she really shot herself in the foot. In a way, trying so hard, left her with a bit of artist’s block and it doesn’t begin to lift until she realizes all the other great things she’s been giving up.

This is what makes this one of the more solid books for Claudia in the series.
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ISBN 0590437216 - Tough one to review for me! I found myself a little bothered that the BSC was judgmental about the new girl, but Martin made an effort to resolve that, so I'll give it my usual BSC 5 stars, with the hope that the next "oddball" to enter Stoneybrook will be treated better.

Claudia loves her art, and her friends, and she's never had to choose between them before. When new-girl Ashley arrives, Claudia's very impressed with her - she has multiple piercings in her ears, dresses very bohemian, and she went to the Keyes Art Society, an art school in Chicago! Not only that, but she think Claudia has real artistic talent, if only she'd spend more time on it. Like, ALL her time. Ashley begins to pull Claudia away from her friends and Claudia, flattered, allows it. The BSC is not happy with the traitor in their midst and lets her know it. Can Claudia manage to have her art, Ashley and the BSC, or will she be forced to give up something, or someone, she really cares about?

Martin's BSC books always impress me with their ability to moralize without boring a reader to sleep, and Claudia and the New Girl pulls that off, as well. The girls realistically respond to the thought of Claudia ditching them for Ashley, which takes a few amusing, very pre-teen, turns - the notes they leave her are hilariously on-target!

- AnnaLovesBooks
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A Kid's Review on June 11, 2004
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There are five girls in the Baby Sitters Club in this book. Their names are Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Stacey McGill, and Dawn Scafer. Mallory and Jessi haven't joined yet. Kristy has brown hair and brown eyes. She lives with her mom, step dad, brothers, Sam, Charlie, and David Miachel, her stepbrother, Andrew, and her stepsister, Karen. She has a dog. Her best friend is Mary Anne. Mary Anne has brown hair and brown eyes too. She lives with her dad. Stacey has blond hair. She came from New York. She lives with her parents. She has diabetes. Claudia is Japenese. She has black hair. She lives with her parents, sister Janine, and grandma. She's best friends with Stacey. Dawn has blond hair. She used to live in California. She lives with her mom and brother Jeff.
In this book, a new girl comes to their school, Ashley Wyeth. She wears clothes like Claudia. At art class, Claudia sees Ashley. There's going to be an art contest and Ashley's going to help Claudia enter.But then she keeps missing meetings to look at things to make for the contest with Ashley. Then Ashley sees her baby sitting and gets mad at her.
I read this twice. I get it from the library.
I don't know why Claudia liked Ashley. She didn't even let her go to the meetings, and she didn't want Claudia to be in the Baby Sitters Club. She only liked Claudia because she was good at art too. And she didn't want to be friends with anyone else.
Will Claudia quit the club or will she stop going places with Ashley while her friends are having meetings? And what does she make for the art contest? Read this book to find out.
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I read this book at school...

It begins when Claudia's,class gets' a new student.Claudia was thinking how'll the new student will be.When the new student arrives,everyone was suprised in seeing the way she was dresses.She was wearing "different"clothes,that even Claudia was suprised.Well,when the teacher says the new girls name;Ashley(I forgot her last name),Claudia asked Ashley if she was related to a painter.That's how they begin being friends,& how Claudia misses her BSC meetings.I think that the BSC member were being alittle selfish,I mean Claudia is good in art,and her having a friend who also liked art,was suprising.but Ashley was being quite selfish,too,she wanted Claudia all for her self.Will Claudia leave the baby sitters club for sure?Just for Ashley?Read this book to find out!

Overall,i give this book 3 stars because of the selfishness,it's an OK book,but there are better BSC books,than this.

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-Ana
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