Today’s review is on Claudia and the Mean Janine by Ann M. Martin.
It’s the week after Kristy’s mom’s wedding and Kristy has a new idea for the club – a day camp for their regulars for several days in the morning. Claudia can’t wait to get started. However, after another argument with her older sister, Janine, and a disagreement with Mimi (her grandmother), Mimi has a stroke.
Claudia is wracked with guilt and feels like it is her fault that Mimi had the stroke, so she volunteers tos tay at home with her during the day and help her with the various verbal and physical exericses she has to do in order to recover from the effects of the stroke.
I liked this installment, however I also felt like the title was once again misleading because Claudia and Janine do not have a lot of fights, most of the time they just ignore each other. And as far as Janine being mean, she isn’t really – a lot of the times she is goaded by Claudia.
I apprciate how this tackles the topic of a close relative having a stroke and even the guilt that can sometime afflict the other family members. I did appreciate that Claudia and Mimi get to have a conversation in which Mimi reassures Claudua that the stroke was not her fault.
Whiel Claudia is taking care of Mimi, we also get snippets of how the other Baby-sitters Club members are getting along with the day camp. Overall, this was another good installment that tackles an issue that is important. 4/5 Stars.
Janelle L. C.