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Claudia is surprised when her math teacher accuses her of cheating on a test and enlists the rest of the Baby-sitters Club to help her clear her name.


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Claudia is surprised when her math teacher accuses her of cheating on a test and enlists the rest of the Baby-sitters Club to help her clear her name.

30 review for Claudia and the Middle School Mystery

  1. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    Taj, age 4: It was super good. I really liked it. So, I love it and I really want to read another Babysitter’s Club. Harper, age 7: I liked that Claudia kept on trying to tell Mr. Zorzi that she didn’t cheat.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Ciara

    this book opens with janine the genius helping claudia study for her upcoming remedial math test. claudia has to figure out how much chocolate is in each of eight cookies if gertrude is using 2/3 cup of chocolate altogether. i tried to figure it out myself & remembered why i failed every math test i ever took. the answer is 1/12, which becomes obvious once you know the answer. anyway, claudia is doing pretty well & janine is proud of her. she tells claudia that she knows the material forwards & this book opens with janine the genius helping claudia study for her upcoming remedial math test. claudia has to figure out how much chocolate is in each of eight cookies if gertrude is using 2/3 cup of chocolate altogether. i tried to figure it out myself & remembered why i failed every math test i ever took. the answer is 1/12, which becomes obvious once you know the answer. anyway, claudia is doing pretty well & janine is proud of her. she tells claudia that she knows the material forwards & backwards. claudia wants to do well on this test because her parents require her to keep her grades up if she wants to remain in the babysitters club. claudia goes in to take the test the next day, & at first, she blanks. then she remembers janine's test-taking advice, & she starts scanning the test for a problem she can answer. she finds one, & the studying she did comes flooding back. she works her way through the test & feels really confident when it's over. she can hardly wait to get her test results back. mr. zorzi, the teacher, makes the students review some new material in the next class before he hands back the tests. claudia can barely concentrate. but finally she gets her test back & finds that she got an A-! all her studying really paid off. she is walking on air...until mr. zorzi requests that she & shawn riverson stay after class. he requests that they both show their papers. they both received the exact same grade...& got the exact same questions wrong...in the exact same way. claudia is an idiot who does not see where this is going. she tells mr. zorzi that she thinks she knows how she messed up one question: she divided when she should have multiplied. shawna is much quicker on the uptake, & tells mr. zorzi in no uncertain terms that she did not cheat. claudia is dumbfounded. it never crossed her mind that mr. zorzi might suspect cheating. rather than defending herself after shawn's statement, she just stands there, looking like a guilty, guilty cheater. shawna is a really good student who has trouble with math, which is why she's in the remedial math class. but even so, she's one of the better students in the class. claudia figures no teacher would accept her word over shawna's when it comes to academics. so, even though she knows she didn't cheat, she just stands there silently. mr. zorzi says he'll have to tell the principal, who will be calling claudia's parents. at dinner that night, mr. & mrs. kishi approach claudia about the call they got from the principal. claudia explains what happened. her parents gently tell her that they would like to believe that she diesn't cheat on the test. claudia feels even more defeated by the note of doubt in their voices. but janine sticks up for her & says she KNOWS claudia didn't cheat. mr. & mrs. kishi apologize...but no one knows how to deal with the situation. janine offers to tutor claudia in math for the rest of the year so she can maintain a passing grade even with an F in this test. this all just seems weird to me. i never cheated on anything when i was in school, but had i been accused, & had my parents believed in me, you better believe they'd be going down to the school & having some words with administrators. but claudia tells her parents to stay out of it, that she wants to handle it herself...even though she doesn't know how. & they agree. it seems like a failing grade on an important test & a black mark as a cheater should really out-weigh the desires of a 13-year-old right now...but then we wouldn't have a book, would we? claudia tells the BSC what happened. mary anne tells claudia that the rest of the club will stick with her even if she did cheat on the test. everyone is like, "mary anne, WTF?" & mary anne bursts into tears. another reason i dislike mary anne. she basically tells claudia that she doesn't believe she didn't cheat, & when she gets called on not supporting her friend, SHE cries. fuck you & your manipulative waterworks, mary anne. anyway, the rest of the girls realize that if claudia didn't cheat, shawna must have. dawn suggests breaking into shawna's locked to look for an incriminating note. mary anne opposes this idea, but she is overruled. in school the next day, claudia slips into a bathroom stall while shawna & her friends are in the bathroom, & she overhears them bragging about how shawna got away with cheating. in order to explain the situation to the myriad BSC readers who can't begin to fathom why anyone would ever cheat off of claudia kishi, shawna explains that she heard that janine was helping claudia study, & she knows janine is a genius, & that claudia would probably do well on the test as a result. this is a remarkably thin explanation, but it's the best we've got, so let's just go with it. that afternoon, dawn, claudia, & stacey break into shawna's locker. they do indeed find an incriminating note, & at first, they are joyful. but as they leave, claudia realizes she can't show anyone the note without explaining how she got it, & then she'd get into trouble for breaking into shawna's locker. so she puts the note book. mary anne the pious is pleased. the next day in math class, claudia decides to try to trick shawna into confessing by using loaded words around her. she's all, "shawna, can i steal your worksheet for a minute? i misplaced mine & i don't want to cheat mr. zorzi out of another copy," etc etc. shawna doesn't fall for it. then she thinks she can prove shawna cheated by proving that she can see shawna's paper. she looks over at shawna's desk & becomes absorbed in the juicy note shawna is writing to a friend. mr. zorzi catches claudia, which...way to look even more guilty, claudia. meanwhile, at the pike house, the triplets have broken a basement window. they are grounded until they admit which triplet is responsible, but they refuse to turn on each other. the babysitters try several tricks to get them to confess, to no avail. finally mallory suggests that they re-enact the crime so they can see who was responsible. it turns out that all of them made a small mistake that resulted in the broken window. so they're all responsible, & none are responsible. they are not only ungrounded & have their allowances reinstated, but mr. & mrs. pike decide to take them out to a movie & ice cream to celebrate. which seems to counteract the intentions of the punishment...but since when have the pikes been the greatest parents in the world? the triplet situation gives claudia an idea. she thinks they should re-enact the test-taking, & then mr. zorzi will see shawna cheat. someone has to explain to claudia that shawna probably would not cheat again under carefully controlled re-enactment conditions. duh. claudia really is an idiot in this book. but it gives janine an idea. she goes to see the stoneybrook middle school principal & explains her faith in claudia & her knowledge of the test material. the principal & mr. zorzi agree to allow claudia to re-take the test. she does, & she scores even better than she did the first time. at the end of class, shawna is called up to the teacher's desk & mr. zorzi tells her that she'll have to re-take the test the next morning. claudia doesn't think this is fair, because it gives shawna advance warning & time to study (which claudia didn't get). but it doesn't matter because shawna panics & confesses to cheating. she has to take an F for the test & is suspended for two days. problem solved. i enjoyed this book, because claudia books are always pretty entertaining, but there are a lot of headdesk moments here. the school thought claudia had cheated, & she was given an F for the test...but why wasn't she suspended? why didn't her parents step in & insist on some kind of resolution? why didn't the school make both claudia & shawna re-take the test right away? why did they believe shawn over claudia? why didn't claudia stick up for herself? why are the babysitters friends with mary anne? & so forth. this is a pretty unrealistic "mystery" in a lot of ways.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if While I actually started reading around age 3 (thank you, my Granny's Dick and Jane books!), this series is what I remember most about loving to read during my childhood. My sister and I drank these books up like they were oxygen. I truly think we owned just about every single one from every one of the series. We even got the privilege of meeting Ann M. Martin at a book signing, but of course little starstruck me froze and could not speak a word to my biggest hero at that time. Once in awhile if I come across these at a yard sale, I will pick them up for a couple hour trip down memory lane, and I declare nearly nothing centers and relaxes me more!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Sarah {The Bookish Knitter}

    3.5 Stars

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    "But teacher, I know I can't spell to save my life, but I didn't cheat, I just studied really hard!" And why ANYONE would cheat off of Claudia is beyond me.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marlee Tames

    Yayyyy! I LOVED it!!!!!!!!!!! Claudia is also my favorite character so I am glad I read one from her point of view! Yay🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻

  7. 4 out of 5

    Shira

    in this installment, ghostwritten by ellen miles, claudia finally gets an A- on a math exam (though it's a 94% which sounds more like an A than an A- to me, but whatever...) only to have her substitute math teacher point out that the girl who was sitting next to her in class had the exact same grade and made the exact same mistakes she did. the girl in question is shawna, sms's darling/straight-a student/pep squad member/all around good girl, so the teacher naturally thinks claudia is the one wh in this installment, ghostwritten by ellen miles, claudia finally gets an A- on a math exam (though it's a 94% which sounds more like an A than an A- to me, but whatever...) only to have her substitute math teacher point out that the girl who was sitting next to her in class had the exact same grade and made the exact same mistakes she did. the girl in question is shawna, sms's darling/straight-a student/pep squad member/all around good girl, so the teacher naturally thinks claudia is the one who cheated. a mostly eventless book follows, complete with inane plans about how to prove shawna is a liar and a pointless and idiotic subplot involving the pike triplets breaking a window while playing baseball. highlights: -claudia's fashion inspiration is ms. frizzle which is just so perfect. -in general, good claudia outfits and a lot of snacks in her room. -uhh...janine saves the day (by telling the teacher and principal that claudia was well-prepared for the test, which leads to them giving claudia a makeup test in which she proves that she didn't cheat) and adds another interesting layer to her relationship with her sister. lowlights/nitpicks: -while everyone else is being sympathetic towards what claudia is going through, mary anne tells her that if she did cheat, the members of the bsc would still support her. WHAT A JERK, ASSUMING THAT CLAUDIA CHEATED. I hate mary anne. -regarding shawna's friend susan, claudia says about the pep squad meeting, "she was worried that it would go past four o'clock and she'd miss the chance to go shopping with her mom." kristy replies, "is that all she ever does -- shop and get perms?" they're so judgy considering that totally describes stacey! -the pike story is so idiotic. to go into a little more detail...the triplets are playing baseball and a window gets broken. the pike parents say that one of them has to come forward and say it's his fault so he can get punished. they take a, "all for one, and one for all," approach and refuse to snitch on one another (loyalty is a GOOD trait, stupid pike parents). finally when it's revealed that it was an accident and they all had a hand in it, none of them got punished. this implies that the pike parents thought that ONE pike did it ON PURPOSE. they were playing baseball. it was OBVIOUSLY an accident. ugh. two claudia outfits: -"Since I had the big test, I thought I'd start with my lucky earrings -- the ones that look like Princess Di's. They're huge (pretend) emeralds, surrounded by thousands on tiny (phony) diamonds. Then I thought I’d work downward from there, wearing my new green-and-blue-tie-dyed T-shirt dress (the casualness of the dress would be an interesting contrast to those fancy earrings) over green leggings." -"I put on a blue skirt with brightly colored tropical fish printed all over it. Then I put on a green blouse. I figured that could represent seaweed or something. I pulled my hair into a ponytail, over to one side, and I pinned it with a sand-dollaer barrette I made last summer...I ran to my closet and pulled out a pair of shoes. They're the plastic kind called 'jellies' that I had decorated with stickers of seahorses and shells." snacks in claudia's room (the biggest list in a while): -milk duds (n.s.) -m&ms (n.s.) -fritos (n.s.) -whole wheat crackers (n.s.) -oreos in her hollowed-out book -cheetos in her sock drawer -fig newtons (n.s.) -mallomars (n.s.)

  8. 5 out of 5

    Logan Hughes

    Claudia is the victim of the 'perfect' crime: cheating off the probably-learning-disabled kid. Janine helps Claudia study extra hard for a math test, and Claudia’s thrilled when she earns an A-. But her teacher isn’t so thrilled. Shawna, the girl who sits next to Claudia, got the same grade, and the same points off for the same questions. Claudia is subjected to disciplinary action for cheating. Claudia is distraught; it seems so unfair that she should work so hard just to be accused, and she doe Claudia is the victim of the 'perfect' crime: cheating off the probably-learning-disabled kid. Janine helps Claudia study extra hard for a math test, and Claudia’s thrilled when she earns an A-. But her teacher isn’t so thrilled. Shawna, the girl who sits next to Claudia, got the same grade, and the same points off for the same questions. Claudia is subjected to disciplinary action for cheating. Claudia is distraught; it seems so unfair that she should work so hard just to be accused, and she doesn’t know how to tell her parents she’s been branded a cheat. The BSC rallies round and spies on Shawna and her friends; and while they do hear Shawna bragging that she overheard Claudia explaining her extra study efforts and decided that cheating on her would be the perfect crime, they realize that this knowledge is unprovable and therefore useless to them. Claudia finally makes an agreement with the teacher to retake the test. She does well, but Shawna, caught by surprise by the teacher’s request that she do the same, does not. Claudia’s name is cleared. In a thematically similar but not identical subplot, one of the Pike triplets breaks a window, but the boys, on an all-for-one-and-one-for-all kick, refuse to say which one it was, so Mrs. Pike grounds all three until the culprit comes forward. Mallory and Jessi stage a dramatic reenactment and trick the boys into identifying the window-breaker, but even after they’ve been outsmarted they all insist on accepting equal punishment on principle. This was my absolute favorite BSC book as a kid. I liked school milieus, especially school stories with actual schoolwork in them (there is at least one math problem you can actually do), and I had a fascination with Claudia as struggling student, perhaps because I myself was such a straight-A nerd. I liked that the predicament made sense, and that it arose even though all of the players acted logically (the weakest link is Shawna, who certainly took a gamble by cheating off a bad a student--it seems unlikely that she would happen to hear about Janine’s assistance and foresee that it would actually help this time, since I’m sure Janine has unsuccessfully helped Claudia in the past. But it’s not impossible.) I sympathized with the sense of unfairness and futility of Claudia’s situation (I had a deep sense that elementary and middle school life was unfair and futile.) I liked the sense of the BSC working as a team, rallying around Claudia and maintaining a "we can do anything!" hope even when Claudia is hopeless. I liked that in this book, Claudia and Janine are such great allies. Janine really goes to bat for Claudia, acting as a surrogate parent at the school and advocating for her even when Claudia’s actual parents don’t entirely believe her. I felt that the themes of honor and brotherhood were bad ass. Still do, really. I suspect this is an undeserved 5 stars, but I had a lot of affection for this one. Timing: Schooltime, obviously. There aren’t many details other than that. Revised Timeline: This should occur around December or January of tenth grade, but Claudia doesn’t seem to be dressed warmly enough. In her Under the Sea themed outfit, she wears a tropical fish skirt (which I can’t believe is lined) and jellies. Maybe she doesn’t mind suffering for fashion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    This title doesn't make any sense. Claudia is accused of cheating on a math test, but she knows immediately who the culprit is. There is no mystery. It should be called "Claudia & The Cheater" or "Did Claudia Cheat?" or something. Alright, time for Claudia's big math test. She has a minor freak out at first, but then realizes she knows this stuff and flies thru it. After school, she pulls out snacks for the BSC meeting: M&M's & Fritos for the normals and whole-wheat crackers for the healthnuts. This title doesn't make any sense. Claudia is accused of cheating on a math test, but she knows immediately who the culprit is. There is no mystery. It should be called "Claudia & The Cheater" or "Did Claudia Cheat?" or something. Alright, time for Claudia's big math test. She has a minor freak out at first, but then realizes she knows this stuff and flies thru it. After school, she pulls out snacks for the BSC meeting: M&M's & Fritos for the normals and whole-wheat crackers for the healthnuts. No drink for either? They're not going to be able to answer the phone with a mouth full of dry crackers. The next day, she gets her math test back and ZOMG, gets a 94! That's an A-. Honestly, I would have suspected her of cheating too. The teacher calls up Claudia and another girl, Shawna Riverson, after class and has them compare their tests. They are exactly the same, both getting the wrong answers in the same way. Seriously, Shawna, have you never cheated before? You gotta change up some of the answers! (Not that I ever cheated, nope not me, never.) Alright, time for Claudia's big math test. She has a minor freak out at first, but then realizes she knows this stuff and flies thru it. After school, she pulls out snacks for the BSC meeting: M&M's & Fritos for the normals and whole-wheat crackers for the healthnuts. No drink for either? They're not going to be able to answer the phone with a mouth full of dry crackers. The next day, she gets her math test back and ZOMG, gets a 94! That's an A-. Honestly, I would have suspected her of cheating too. The teacher calls up Claudia and another girl, Shawna Riverson, after class and has them compare their tests. They are exactly the same, both getting the wrong answers in the same way. Seriously, Shawna, have you never cheated before? You gotta change up some of the answers! (Not that I ever cheated, nope not me, never.)Read my full, super long review here! Plus with pics of Claudia's Ms Frizzle outfit!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Brand

    I have a vague recollection of the sub-plot about the Pike triplets breaking the basement window and refusing to tell their parents which one broke it, but I didn't remember anything else about this story so I'm thinking the sub-plot must have been referenced in a later book. Either way, I'm marking this as a new read for 2013. I enjoyed seeing Claudia as someone who needs to work hard to get good grades, rather than someone who is genuinely stupid. Sometimes her struggles with school make her c I have a vague recollection of the sub-plot about the Pike triplets breaking the basement window and refusing to tell their parents which one broke it, but I didn't remember anything else about this story so I'm thinking the sub-plot must have been referenced in a later book. Either way, I'm marking this as a new read for 2013. I enjoyed seeing Claudia as someone who needs to work hard to get good grades, rather than someone who is genuinely stupid. Sometimes her struggles with school make her caricatured, but here she gets an A- on a maths test when she really applies herself, and I appreciated seeing this side of her. It was also nice seeing her relationship with her older sister, and the fact that Janine helps Claudia with her problems, even if they don't have a lot in common. The whole story felt very real, and it reminded me of why I enjoy these books so much. The girls do silly things like spying on Shawna (who they think cheated off Claudia's test) and breaking into her locker to find evidence--before realising that neither of those things are going to help Claud. But they're acting like 13-year-old girls who read too much Nancy Drew, and that's what makes it so endearing. I think this is a book that will be very relatable to any kid who has had to try really hard to pass a certain class at school, or who has been falsely accused of something by a teacher. I know I've been in both of those positions, so this book definitely struck a chord with me.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Swankivy

    Always hated mysteries, but I was glad to see that this one wasn't really a traditional mystery. As in, no one thinks there's a ghost or a burglar somewhere stupid. However, the mysteries involved--who broke the window at the Pikes' house, and how Claudia got blamed for cheating when she didn't cheat--are extremely contrived. Of course there's some silly explanation for why none of the accused triplets are actually fully responsible for the broken window. And of course the girl who got the same Always hated mysteries, but I was glad to see that this one wasn't really a traditional mystery. As in, no one thinks there's a ghost or a burglar somewhere stupid. However, the mysteries involved--who broke the window at the Pikes' house, and how Claudia got blamed for cheating when she didn't cheat--are extremely contrived. Of course there's some silly explanation for why none of the accused triplets are actually fully responsible for the broken window. And of course the girl who got the same grade and the same problems wrong as Claudia somehow planned ahead of time to cheat off Claudia and left a string of evidence. What really kinda sucked about this book is that even though plenty of people knew that Claudia's older sister--Janine the genius--helped her study for the math test, no one seemed to take this into account when considering whether she might have cheated--her parents disbelieved her, her teachers disbelieved her, and even her friends disbelieved her, yet some jerk girl in her class had enough faith in her sister's tutoring abilities to conspire to cheat off her. Okay.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Julie Decker

    Claudia studies really hard and does well on a math test, but instead of being rewarded for her efforts, she's accused of cheating. What does all this have to do with another girl in her class who got the same problems wrong? And why don't any of Claudia's friends believe that she didn't cheat on the test? Claudia's not known for her intellectual abilities, so it's not surprising that people would be shocked if she had a sudden good grade. However, everyone in her family and friend group knew she Claudia studies really hard and does well on a math test, but instead of being rewarded for her efforts, she's accused of cheating. What does all this have to do with another girl in her class who got the same problems wrong? And why don't any of Claudia's friends believe that she didn't cheat on the test? Claudia's not known for her intellectual abilities, so it's not surprising that people would be shocked if she had a sudden good grade. However, everyone in her family and friend group knew she was buckling down and getting math tutoring from her older sister, Janine the genius. So it seems weird that they didn't believe her. What's especially suspicious is that a girl in Claudia's class who decided to cheat off HER had the foresight to know Claudia's grade would be good because of Janine. Seems like everybody ignored all the evidence on purpose just to make a controversy possible for the story.

  13. 5 out of 5

    M.M. Strawberry Library & Reviews

    Gasp. For once, Claudia is actually a good student! But her reputation as a bad student does precede her... at least Claudia was able to clear her name.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Raine Villanueva

    As always mentioned in some BSC Books, Claudia Kishi, the narrator of the said book, doesn't like school. In The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery, her substitute math teacher is having a math test the next day, so the vice president of The Baby-Sitters Club is doing a hard time reviewing for tomorrow with the help of her genius big sister, Janine instead of hiding and eating junk food, doing art projects or reading Nancy Drew books. The next day, Claudia is taking a math t As always mentioned in some BSC Books, Claudia Kishi, the narrator of the said book, doesn't like school. In The Baby-Sitters Club: Claudia and the Middle School Mystery, her substitute math teacher is having a math test the next day, so the vice president of The Baby-Sitters Club is doing a hard time reviewing for tomorrow with the help of her genius big sister, Janine instead of hiding and eating junk food, doing art projects or reading Nancy Drew books. The next day, Claudia is taking a math test until she passes it to her math teacher, and when he checks the papers, she has the same A- score with Shawna Riverson. He thought that Claudia was absolutely cheating with her but she was innocent, but he was planning to tell the issue to the principal. If she cheated, then she's going to quit the club and having a bad grade. With the help of the BSC members, they are going to solve the situation regarding to Shawna. (Spoilers) The principal and the math teacher decided to let Claudia Kishi take the math exams again as an evidence to show that she didn't cheat. As she gives her paper to her math teacher (who is also a coach for the boys' basketball team), he said: "Taking a test is like playing a game. You can either win the game, or you can lose it. If you lose, it just means you need more practice." Claudia won the game against Shawna. She accused the test without cheating and passed. For Shawna, she is very guilty on herself because she copied Claudia's Paper. She even got a penalty. Claudia felt she felt like Nancy Drew. That afternoon, the BSC Members and the Kishi family surprised Claudia for a job well done on the mystery, and for the math test. She was very proud of herself and thanked everyone. --- I was very inspired on this story because of Claudia's math test evidence in Stoneybrook Middle School. She didn't said about Shawna, whom I believe she was sitting very near to her. Claudia wanted to excel her studies like her big sister did. Even if you didn't cheat on the following exam or quiz, make sure you can review harder, and always remember that practice makes perfect and you'll succeed at any time. Recently I passed 23/25 on a 21st Century Literature quiz and I'm really proud of myself just like Claudia at the end. I didn't cheat either, but I'll do my best for my studies. I'll rate this book 4/5 stars.

  15. 4 out of 5

    lisa

    Claudia studies hard for a math test, only to be accused of copying off Shawna Riverson's paper. Instead of letting her parents talk things out with the school, and do something reasonable like suggest she take the test again, Claudia and the BSC decide to solve this mystery themselves. What follows is a cat and mouse game of high stakes as Claudia eavesdrops in the girls bathroom, and breaks into Shawna's locker. And then proves her innocence by. . . taking the test again. I owned this book as Claudia studies hard for a math test, only to be accused of copying off Shawna Riverson's paper. Instead of letting her parents talk things out with the school, and do something reasonable like suggest she take the test again, Claudia and the BSC decide to solve this mystery themselves. What follows is a cat and mouse game of high stakes as Claudia eavesdrops in the girls bathroom, and breaks into Shawna's locker. And then proves her innocence by. . . taking the test again. I owned this book as a kid (I read it when I was nine or ten) and while I liked it there were things about it that bothered me. Things I remember from reading this as a kid: The thing that I really remember about this book is that Janine doesn't "talk smart" like she usually does in her books. There are some books when her vocabulary is ridiculous, and some books where it's more toned down, but for some reason, I really noticed how normal Janine sounded in this book. Claudia dressing as Ms Frizzle. It's something I never had the nerve to do in middle or high school, but now that I work in a library I often dress based around a theme. ("Genetically modified mermaid hiding in a cave" is my favorite one so far, but I also like "Demented princess locked in a tower".) Also, Claudia wears her lucky earrings, which are made of fake emeralds and diamonds. They sounded amazing to me as a kid, and amazing to me as an adult. As a kid I did not understand why the triplets were being punished for not tattling on each other, especially when it turned out that no one person was at fault. This seemed unspeakably unfair to me, and as an adult it still sounds like something the ACLU would get up in arms about. I thought the Pikes were so casual with their parenting, but this book proves me wrong. Mary Anne was something else that bothered me about this book. She seemed much too cautious and sensitive. Mary Anne is a passive aggressive, manipulative person a lot of the time (especially when she cries just to get attention, or to take the focus of difficult situations of herself) but she seemed prissy and judgemental in this book as well. The first thing she does when she hears Claudia's story is to say "Well, if you did it, you should confess." And then she cries when the other baby sitters are angry at her for not believing that her close friend of thirteen years would cheat. And then she acts so self-righteous about not gossiping because "it's mean," although she seemed pretty mean when she told Claudia she should confess to cheating. Are you kidding me, Mary Anne? Dawn coming up with the idea to break into Shawna's locker. I thought this was somewhat sinister, especially since it wouldn't be the first thing I thought about doing. Also I never understood why 1) it was considered a good idea to go into someone's locker without permission to get evidence they were cheating. I mean, obviously you can't use the evidence, and 2) why, after have gone to the risk of breaking into Shawna's locker and finding an incriminating note, wouldn't you tell the principal you found the note on the ground outside Shawna's locker? Dawn could have "found" the note on the ground, and assumed it was hers since her locker is next to Shawna's, and read it, then realized what it was and turned it into the principal. This made a lot of sense to me as a kid, although as an adult I can see problems with this scenario too. Things I've considered since reading this as an adult: This book confused me to no end as an adult. I don't understand why Mr Zorzi passed out the tests to the entire class, went over the tests with both Claudia and Shawna listening (and presumably not calling on either of them to explain their answers) and then accuses both girls of cheating. What makes me nuts is that the first thing Mr Zorzi does is point out a problem both girls got wrong, and Claudia immediately sees what she did wrong. She corrects herself as she looks at the test (although since he went over the test earlier she could have been repeating something she heard, or overheard) and Mr Zorzi doesn't say, "Wow, she seems to know what she's talking about. She's speaking up with a possible solution, but the other girl is just nodding along. Maybe Claudia didn't cheat." Instead he brushes over this, and tells the girls that one of them must have cheated. And then, since Shawna speaks up first he believes her over Claudia, and dismisses her, instead of asking BOTH girls more questions. If both girls say they didn't cheat, why not send both of them to the principal, possibly with the recommendation that both girls take the test again, in separate rooms? Why would you tell Claudia that she must have been the one to cheat because she always has such bad grades, and then act like the whole thing is over? If Janine hadn't pushed for Claudia to retake the test would Claudia just be known as "the girl who cheats"? I guess you could give Mr Zorzi a break by saying that he was a long-term substitute, and not equipped to deal with something as serious as cheating. I like to think that if it really looked like Claudia would take a zero for her big test that her parents would have stepped in, and talked to the school. They want to do it as soon as they hear about it, but for some reason Claudia doesn't want them to because "if they got involved, things might become even worse." Worse how? I don't understand this. And for some equally baffling reason, instead of saying to Claudia, "No, we're the parents, we're going to straighten this out whether you want us to or not," her parents just say, "ok." I hope that their plan was to give her a few days to try to fix things herself, and then take over the situation if she couldn't do anything. I can't imagine that the high-expectation Kishis would take an accusation of cheating lying down. Shawna's plan to copy Claudia because she knows Claudia gets bad grades, and because she knows Janine, Claudia's smart sister is helping her study shows way too much planning to make it a minor problem. As a kid I was horrified that Shawna was suspended for cheating, but knowing what I know now about cheating policies at universities and colleges, and taking into account the fact that she planned the whole thing, and set Claudia up to take the fall, I wonder if Shawna got off easy. Maybe she should have been expelled. I sympathized with Claudia, when she was exhausted at the end of her day of pretending she didn't care about being accused of cheating. I am exhausted at the end of most days because I have to work so hard to pretend I care about our patrons and their petty problems. I was impressed with Mr Zorzi's apology. I think a lot of adults have trouble apologizing to kids, especially teens, especially teens that they are supposed to be in charge of. The fact that he admitted he learned a lesson from the experience really hit the point home that he was truly sorry. And instead of being angry and holding it against him Claudia accepts his apology. If only people were always so gracious to each other.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ✨Jordan✨

    Uh oh! Claudia is being accused of cheating on a math test! The only thing is....she didn’t. She earned that A fair and square. She studied with her sister for weeks so she could learn the material. A girl named Shawna missed the exact same questions and if Claudia didn’t cheat..that means that Shawna is the culprit. But Shawna is usually smart, she usually makes good grades. Why would she cheat? And why is she blaming Claudia for cheating if Claudia isn’t the one who did it? Claudias teacher do Uh oh! Claudia is being accused of cheating on a math test! The only thing is....she didn’t. She earned that A fair and square. She studied with her sister for weeks so she could learn the material. A girl named Shawna missed the exact same questions and if Claudia didn’t cheat..that means that Shawna is the culprit. But Shawna is usually smart, she usually makes good grades. Why would she cheat? And why is she blaming Claudia for cheating if Claudia isn’t the one who did it? Claudias teacher doesn’t believe claud when she says she wasn’t the cheater. This isn’t fair, how can she prove she is the one in the right?

  17. 5 out of 5

    Lianna Kendig

    (LL) This book does a great job tackling: cheating, the benefits of studying, and standing up for yourself. One issue I had was Claudia just so conveniently overheard Shawna and her friends still talking about the test days later right when she walked into the bathroom? No one would be casually mentioning cheating on a test in a bathroom where anyone could walk in and hear them. I know people say the teacher’s reaction was unrealistically, however, if he made them retake the test there wouldn’t be (LL) This book does a great job tackling: cheating, the benefits of studying, and standing up for yourself. One issue I had was Claudia just so conveniently overheard Shawna and her friends still talking about the test days later right when she walked into the bathroom? No one would be casually mentioning cheating on a test in a bathroom where anyone could walk in and hear them. I know people say the teacher’s reaction was unrealistically, however, if he made them retake the test there wouldn’t be a story because the book would be like 20 pages long, so in this case it’s fine that it’s not all that realistic.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Sayo

    As a kid my best friends sister had the whole BSC series on a book shelf in her room. I thought she was so grown up. And I envied this bookshelf. And would often poke my head into that room just to look at it. And when I read BSC, I felt like such a grown up. And while I might have still been a little too young to understand some of the issues dealt with in these books, I do appreciated that Ann M. Martin tackled age appropriate issues, some being deeper than others, but still important.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Alex

    I've always had such a soft spot for Janine Kishi, and she is AWESOME in this book. 4 stars just for Janine. =) Oh, and Claudia gets a 94 on her test and it's an A minus?!?! Yikes, what a tough school!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    Oh, Claudia. The things you get up to, girl! I will say that she had more patience than me, and I would have challenged Shawna to a fist fight. Things are much more polite in BSC-land!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ashley

    I love when Claudia and Janine get along, and I wish it happened more often in these books.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Poor Claudia! Studied her rear off and nearly didn’t get the credit she deserved!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Ethan

    For a kids' book. Thought there'd be something more to the plot, but fairly humorous now and then. Nice surprise that it wasn't as whitebread as I'd have guessed.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Summer Hurst

    40 One of the better ones, her sister really comes through for her, it can be a good lesson not to trust in initial impressions

  25. 4 out of 5

    Devon

    The title for this one is so misleading, but I honestly really enjoyed it. Smart Claudia and all of her friends backing her up is one of my favorite BSC scenarios.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Susan

    What happens when Claudia gets accused of cheating on a test for which she studied? Will she be able to clear her name and earn her grade? Find out what happens when you read this book!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: https://www.livethemovies.com/bsc-blo... Read my recap at A Year with the BSC via Stoneybrook Forever: https://www.livethemovies.com/bsc-blo...

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    Actual rating: 3.7

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (Once Upon a Chapter)

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  30. 5 out of 5

    Mimi

    Read more of my Reviews at : http://babysittinginsweetvalley.blogs... I've decided that, even though I've only read two books from her perspective, Claudia is my second favourite babysitter and Mary Anne is my least favourite - hence me not reading any books from her and reading books from all the other babysitters. I absolutely adored the storyline of this one - Claudia is accused of cheating in Maths test off one of the best students in the class and must somehow prove her innocence therefore so Read more of my Reviews at : http://babysittinginsweetvalley.blogs... I've decided that, even though I've only read two books from her perspective, Claudia is my second favourite babysitter and Mary Anne is my least favourite - hence me not reading any books from her and reading books from all the other babysitters. I absolutely adored the storyline of this one - Claudia is accused of cheating in Maths test off one of the best students in the class and must somehow prove her innocence therefore solving the mystery of why the other girl cheated. Here's the reason for hating Mary Anne in this one : she actually thinks Claud cheated and says so but when the other babysitters get angry at her she bursts into tears so they forgive - Slap not hug Claud ! The main reasons for my love for this were : there were lots of anecdotes about babysitting, mystery's always tend to be my favourites and Janine was in it a lot (she's my favourite non-babysitter). Although it wasn't as good as possibly my favourite ever Babysitters club book and the only other Claudia book I've ever read (I plan to change that soon) The Babysitters Club #2 - Claudia and the phantom phone calls it was still excellent.

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