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The author of the book: Ann M. Martin
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Date of issue: May 1st 1995
ISBN 13: 9780590947848
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claudia is at loose ends because she feels like she doesn't have any special projects or hobbies in her life. she's not friends with stacey anymore, & stacey is all busy with her boyfriend robert & his friends. mary anne has logan. kristy has the krushers & bart. jessi has ballet & mallory has her writing. i'm not sure what claudia thinks dawn has. claudia makes a list of activities that she could take up--tap dancing, tuba, drama club, cooking. she rules each new hobby out one by one as she realizes how terrible she would be at each activity. this is all very strange because i thought claudia was kind of stretched to her limit, trying to fit in schoolwork, babysitting, & art. she even takes art classes. but all that is conveniently forgotten for the sake of having her hear a radio ad for a month-long DJ spot. claudia writes an essay, runs it through the spell check at school, & sends it off. & lo & behold, she wins the spot!
she plans to do some kind of kid-themed radio show. in her essay, she played up the fact that she's been babysitting for a few years & know what will appeal to kids of all ages. she imagines kind of a variety show, bringing on talented kid guests to show off their abilities, doing an advice call-in show, playing music that will appeal to kids, etc. when she shows up to meet with the station manager, she learns that the second place winner will be her assistant. the second place winner is...ashley wyeth. the same ashley wyeth that became claudia's friend in in claudia & the new girl & almost drove a wedge between claudia & the rest of the babysitters club.
if i recall, that book ended with claudia reaffirming her commitment to babysitting & ashley thinking claudia was making a big mistake by not being about art all the time. the girls cooled off their intense friendship, but i'm pretty sure claudia claimed that ashley still eats lunch with her & the other members of the babysitters club sometimes. in this book, both claudia & ashley are disappointed to see each other. claudia thinks that working with ashley on the radio show will be a huge disaster because ashley is such a bossy know-it-all. & sure enough, when they start planning their program, ashley is critical of claudia's ideas & then passive-aggressively says, "well, you're the boss."
claudia decides to ignore ashley's tone & decides she is the boss & is going to do what she likes. she holds auditions to choose the talent for each show. the auditions are kind of crazy. TONS of people show up, but most of them are pretty talentless. claudia is really into one girl who can say any word or phrase backwards, but ashley thinks it's lame. (i agree with ashley.) neither of them like the 10,000 kids that try to sing "a whole new world". & neither of them like the ridiculous play that kristy wrote, which is all about babysitting safety tips. not only is the play boring, but kristy is a terrible actor & has enlisted the barrett-dewitt kids as her co-actors, & all of them are terrible too. i thought kristy was such a good actor that she got the lead role in "peter pan"? whatever. the point is that kristy assumes her play is a shoo-in because she is friends with claudia, & claudia has to break the news that it's not good enough for the show.
claudia & ashley decide that each show will have a theme, like "friendship" or "family". everyone is nervoud during the first show--"friendship" & they race through their acts, leaving claudia with a few minutes of dead air at the end of the show. she fills it with a rambling talk about the importance of friendship & mentions that she used to have a best friend, but now she doesn't & she misses said friend. she is, of course, referring to stacey.
the next few shows goes more smoothly & claudia's radio program is a big hit. people respond especially well to a call-in advice bit that claudia did. a young boy called in, all distraught because his parents were splitting up & the family was fighting a lot. claudia gulped a little because this was a big problem to handle as an amateur radio advice dispenser, but she keeps the boy on the line & gives him the name & number of mary anne's former therapist.
claudia & ashley also learn that the radio station is facing a budget crisis & may have to shut down. in fact, this is why the radio station held the contest that claudia won--it was a way to get some new on-air talent & drum up interest in the station for free. ashley is indignant about the station "using" them as free labor, but claudia doesn't care. she thinks it's cool to have a radio show & if it's helping out the station, so much the better.
kristy writes a second play, which she performs with the pike kids, & it also sucks. but kristy is bound & determined to be on the show. she finally writes a play that claudia appoves & gets her moment in the sun. no one cares. or at least, i don't.
claudia uses the last 15 minutes of her last show to do another call-in bit. the mother of the distraught little boy that had called in a few weeks before calls & thanks claudia for the therapist contact info. she said the therapist is helping a lot & that she'd like to make a donation to the radio station as a thank you. she faxes in the check (i don't think you can cash a faxed check) & it's for a huge sum of money--enough to keep the station going for another six months. everyone is ecstatic. after claudia signs off on her last show, the phone rings again. it's stacey, congratulating claudia on a job well done & saying that she heard claudia's bit about missing her best friend. stacey says that she misses claudia too. claudia is like, "um...awesome. okay, gotta go." kind of a weird response.
& that's pretty much it. this book was kind of a snooze, but it beats the hell out of a sting operation involving guys dressed up in gorilla costumes.
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Read information about the authorAnn Matthews Martin was born on August 12, 1955. She grew up in Princeton, New Jersey, with her parents and her younger sister, Jane. After graduating from Smith College, Ann became a teacher and then an editor of children's books. She's now a full-time writer.
Ann gets the ideas for her books from many different places. Some are based on personal experiences, while others are based on childhood memories and feelings. Many are written about contemporary problems or events. All of Ann's characters, even the members of the Baby-sitters Club, are made up. But many of her characters are based on real people. Sometimes Ann names her characters after people she knows, and other times she simply chooses names that she likes.
Ann has always enjoyed writing. Even before she was old enough to write, she would dictate stories to her mother to write down for her. Some of her favorite authors at that time were Lewis Carroll, P. L. Travers, Hugh Lofting, Astrid Lindgren, and Roald Dahl. They inspired her to become a writer herself.
Since ending the BSC series in 2000, Ann’s writing has concentrated on single novels, many of which are set in the 1960s.
After living in New York City for many years, Ann moved to the Hudson Valley in upstate New York where she now lives with her dog, Sadie, and her cats, Gussie, Willy and Woody. Her hobbies are reading, sewing, and needlework. Her favorite thing to do is to make clothes for children.
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