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Claudia Y Las Llamadas Fantasma (The Baby-Sitters Club #2)

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Claudia decides to investigate when she and the other members of the Baby-sitters Club receive mysterious phone calls while out on assignments.
164 pages
Published (first published 1986)
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"Well, I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I'm not up to trigonomulus, or whatever it is she does. We can't all be scholars." - Claudia, expressing frustration with both math and her sister, who is an Android being, probably from the future, and possibly "related" to Data from Star Trek: The Next Generation

Was Claudia described as having almond-shaped eyes:
Thankfully, she did not describe her own eyes this way.

Was Mimi's accent described as rolling:
Yes! Like a "ship at sea."

How many times was the word inc
Jul 08, 2016 Cait rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble2016
I know this is an older book and we've come a long way since it was written.


Can. We. Stop. Telling. Girls. That. Boys. Are. Mean. Because. They. Like. Them.

This is a gross and abusive idea to continue to perpetuate. It needs to stop. I am raising two little boys. My 2nd grader had his first crush this year and you know what I told him?

To make sure to include her in all his games at school and to notice and say nice things about her. I told him the absolute worst thing he could do would be to
Jan 06, 2010 Ciara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
another classic of my childhood. i remember this one came out around halloween--veyer thematic, as the entire premise is that claudia has a crush on the school poet, travor sandbourne, & hopes that he'll ask her to the halloween hop. in the meantime, a local robber called the phantom caller has been calling the homes of rich people & then breaking in & stealing jewelry when no one answers. the babysitters are concerned that someone may rob the houses where they are babysitting, or th ...more
Mar 18, 2007 Ainsley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
If you ever get a call from me asking about a blue ribbon, you'll know what to do. If you've read this book, that is.
Laura Hughes
Mar 11, 2013 Laura Hughes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: babysitters-club
The baby-sitters choose to fear a jewel thief.

The babysitters are spooked by a news story about a jewel thief who calls homes and then hangs up without saying anything to make sure no one is there before he comes to rob them, especially after Claudia and Kristy receive “phantom phone calls” at their babysitting jobs. Various creepy sitting jobs follow, most of which are made more creepy by the girls’ expectations of disaster. Kristy is creeped out by the Brewers’ next-door neighboor, whom Karen
Reread for #BSC #bookaday 6/13/2011

All of the girls in the baby-sitters club are readers! Within this book, there are shout-outs to Nancy Drew, Ramona Quimby and The Secret Garden! And in the first book it mentioned Peter Rabbit and Where the Wild Things are. Stuff like this makes me so happy.

I also liked how the book deals with a struggling student. Claudia has a high IQ, but struggles in school. Another way that Ann M. Martin makes sure that every reader will see a reflection of themselves in
Jul 17, 2011 Alisse rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was one of the best books yet. My favorite part was when ever Claudia and Kristy gats these phone calls that when ever they pick it up nobody is on the other end of the line. And it turns out that the people who called Claudia and Kristy turned out to be their lovers who wanted to dance.
Sep 13, 2011 Mirabelle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Every chapter ends with a cliffhanger! Just to let you know, this book is so amazing and it makes me wonder why Raina Telgemier didn't make a graphic novel out of this like she did with other BSC books
Nov 20, 2012 Odessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a really good book, and it had mystery and creepy things. It's really hard to put it down because you don't know what will be next. Warning: If you get scared of robbers easily, DON'T READ!!!!!!!!!!!!
Aug 04, 2009 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED Tha Babysitter's Club series as a kid. Claudia was my favorite and I owned this book at one time. I truly hope they are still being read by young readers today!
i think sley put it best: this book has staying power. Have you seen my blue hair ribbon?
Tracy Poff
Claudia, Stacey, Kristy, and Mary Anne formed the Baby-sitters Club a few weeks ago, and since then, things have been going well: they've had plenty of business, and no big trouble with the kids they're baby-sitting. Lately, though, there's been news of a thief, dubbed the Phantom Caller, who calls people, hangs up, and then later steals their jewelry. And he seems to be moving closer to Stoneybrook, where the girls live.

On top of all this, the boy Claudia likes, Trevor Sandbourne, doesn't seem
Apr 22, 2013 Swankivy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first book about Claudia, our Japanese-American fashion diva. Lots of people who discuss these books kinda fun-lovingly make fun of the outfits she wears--which, even in the 80s and 90s, sounded kinda ridiculous, but at least they were individualistic in a way that was NOT an Establishment Way Of Being Unique. But for some reason, the thing that always stuck in my head was that Claudia hid junk food all over her room! ALL OVER HER ROOM! I did that a few times after being inspired by ...more
Okay, despite the fact that Kristy shouted, "One false move and I'll punch your lights out!" at a room full of children in this book, and despite the fact that she agreed to go to the dance with the stalker in the bushes in front of the house where she was babysitting (yuck), I really enjoyed this reread. It's another solid effort from the patron saint of babysitters, Ann M. Martin. The later books don't contain gems of character descriptors like, "an old, whiskery face with snappish little eyes ...more
Katie Fitzgerald
All in all, this was a fun book to revisit. I read it on a sunny day at lunchtime with the sun streaming in through the window, but the creepy noises the girls heard and phone calls they received immersed me fully in the dark and stormy atmosphere of the book's late-season thunderstorms and the ongoing suspense surrounding the Phantom Caller. This would still be a great mystery to recommend to younger tweens today, and as with the first book, I was impressed by the quality of the writing as comp ...more
Apr 06, 2011 Dawn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, the BSC. After getting back into the Baby-sitter's Club books with the new prequel, The Summer Before, and the first BSC book, Kristy's Great Idea, I thought, what the heck, I'll keep on going! So I read the second BSC installment, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls. I still maintain that these are great books, especially for pre-teens. But they even hold up pretty well after you've gotten older and more cynical. My heart actually quickened a little when the phone rang and no one was there, ...more
Fantastic books for young girls getting into reading!! Great stories about friendship and life lessons. The characters deal with all sorts of situations and often find responsible solutions to problems.

I loved this series growing up and wanted to start my own babysitting business with friends. Great lessons in entrepreneurship for tweens.

The books may be dated with out references to modern technology but the story stands and lessons are still relevant.

Awesome books that girls will love! And the
This was the first Claudia book I read, and one of the first mysteries I ever read in my life! Even as an eight year old I was let down by the ending, but I remember being relieved that the story wasn't scary (something I wasn't good at handling as a child). I learned the word "phantom" from this book because Claudia reads The Phantom of Pine Hill, which inspired me to start reading Nancy Drew books also.

Things I remember from reading as a kid:
Claudia's outfits!!! Tights with clocks and barrette
In The Baby-Sitters Club #2: Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls a burglar is terrorizing the surrounding towns by calling homes to see if anyone is home before he goes and robs them. Of course, the girls in the club, specifically Claudia and Kristy start receiving hang-up phone calls when they're babysitting. And, this book has the first "boys, boys, boys" storyline as Claudia has a raging crush on Trevor Sandbourne, Kristy is being antagonized by Alan Gray, and Stacey still has a crush on Kris ...more
Apr 09, 2016 Marna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am just warning you. At some point, I am going to review all of these (I have read all of them. Yes including the Friends Forever and Super Mysteries and California Diaries. Yes, I realize I am deeply troubled) but ANYWAY, I am starting with this because it was always my favorite. Back before Claudia became the generic quirky character, she was kind of awful. Possibly with some form of Autism. Not that the two are connected. I just mean she had difficulty with anything emotional or any changes ...more
Julie Decker
In this book we're introduced to our fashion expert, Claudia. Her outfits and antics were fun to read about--she was the artistic one, and it was refreshing to not have the Asian girl be the smart one. (Disappointingly, her older sister was a typical math nerd genius, though, which was handled mostly by making her speak unrealistically with shoehorned-in four-syllable words.) Claudia is also the one who has candy everywhere. She hides it. It's played as quirky, and I think the candy-hiding and r ...more
As a young BSC fan in the mid-2000s, I remember feeling slightly disconnected to the topic of this book. Landlines had already faded out in favour of email and MSN, and nobody my age read the newspaper anymore. I remember that, all-in-all, I enjoyed the story but it felt very 80s.

Ten years on I can safely say that Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls is so dated it could practically serve as a history lesson. Now, don't get me wrong, I never said that was a bad thing - if anything it's kind of fa
Jan 30, 2015 Natalí rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, oldie, bsc
Continuing my re-read of the BSC books in Kindle edition, it was fun to enter Claudia's mind, as most of the books I read back then where Maty Anne's and Kristy's. I specially liked he way Claudia, even as she is VERY different than her two friends for always, tries to find common ground with them so they don't drift apart. Though, the whole "truth" about THEIR Phantom Caller was a bit of a let down. I'm already in book 3 ;)
Nov 16, 2015 Charlotte rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claudia was looking at the Stonybrook newspaper, when she saw this Phantom on the Loose! She was reading about Phantoms in her Nancy Drew book. The newspaper said that the Phantom called a house then hung up and then stole from the house. Then, when she and her friend Kristy baby-sat (Claudia, Kristy, and two other friends, Mary Ann and Stacy, had a club that they took baby-sitting jobs), they had a caller that hung up when they said "hello". Was the Phantom going hurt or steal from them?
even Alicia remembers this mystery...

Número dos, señoritas y señores... this is so much fun! I just plowed through this one (in a wider spread set of stints then the first book)as well and was quickly drawn into the mystery and the "drama".
For a young group of gals these girls are head smart with a lot of bright ideas for combating their own insecurities whilst maintaining a peaceful atmosphere for their charges!
Aubree Bowling
Jul 17, 2016 Aubree Bowling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 8 year old daughter and I read this together. She is really enjoying the series so far. There is a small mystery element to this installment and she enjoyed the very minimally 'scary' parts that provided a little thrill rather than fear. The way the storyline with the creepy phone calls was resolved included a great example of very responsible, level headed babysitting skills. Claudia remained calm and put the safety of her charges over her personal fear and was careful not to pass on any fri ...more
Kristine (The Writer's Inkwell)
Even as a child, this was never one of my favorite books. First of all, despite how "cool" Ann M. Martin tried to make Claudia seem, she just never even registered as one of my favorites. Perhaps even my seven year old self found it difficult to idolize a twelve year old who didn't know the difference between a whole number and an even number. Or maybe it was simply because Martin just always tried so hard to make Claudia interesting by describing her outrageous clothing choices and hairstyles. ...more
Jun 01, 2016 Krissy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Rated by my daughter
The BSC books were the first book series that I remember reading (and rereading and rereading)on my own so I think they had had a lot to do with forming my ideas about storytelling and fueling my love of reading. So much fun and nostalgia in picking up childhood favorites again.
Feb 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Is there a real phantom

I would give this book five stars because it is full of suspense and surprises. And it always made me want to read more. I recommend this book to all the people who babysat for someone late at night and felt a little bit sacred.
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Ann 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 me
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Other Books in the Series

The Baby-Sitters Club (1 - 10 of 132 books)
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  • The Truth About Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club, #3)
  • Mary Anne Saves the Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, #4)
  • Dawn and the Impossible Three (The Baby-Sitters Club, #5)
  • Kristy's Big Day (The Baby-Sitters Club, #6)
  • Claudia and Mean Janine (The Baby-Sitters Club, #7)
  • Boy-Crazy Stacey (The Baby-Sitters Club, #8)
  • The Ghost at Dawn's House (The Baby-Sitters Club, #9)
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