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click here.I enjoyed it until the ending...which seemed to suggest that after ditching a guy for sixty years, you should just pop by and pay him a visit.
the krashers are playing a game against a team over in redfield, a few towns away from stoneybrook. for whatever weird reason (because it furthers the plot, i guess), charlie is driving the whole team, plus bart & kristy, in a rented van. the players incude four bashers (joey, jerry, patty, & some other boy), plus four krushers (karen, david michael, jackie, & buddy). nicky also played with the krashers during the game, but got a ride home with his family. i don't understand why he dthe krashers are playing a game against a team over in redfield, a few towns away from stoneybrook. for whatever weird reason (because it furthers the plot, i guess), charlie is driving the whole team, plus bart & kristy, in a rented van. the players incude four bashers (joey, jerry, patty, & some other boy), plus four krushers (karen, david michael, jackie, & buddy). nicky also played with the krashers during the game, but got a ride home with his family. i don't understand why he didn't get a ride TO the game with his family, but no one asked me to proof these books before they went to print, so we'll just go with it.
a huge storm blows in right after the game ends (the krashers won) & charlie is having trouble seeing to drive through the sheets of rain coming down. some of the kids get a little weepy because they are afraid of the thunger & lightning. bart points out charlie's turn off, but charlie says he is supposed to turn around by a big wall covered in ivy. jackie says they passed the wall ages ago. charlie drives for a while & takes a differnt turn-off to look for somewhere to get directions. they drive over a little bridge, & they pass a big creepy-looking mansion. it's the only house they pass before they reach another little bridge, which has been washed away in the storm. charlie turns around to get to the other bridge, but by the time they get back, it has also been washed away. the kids have no choice but to approach the creepy mansion & ask to use the phone or stay over until the bridges are fixed.
just a little time out: how awesome would it be if the house they approach was in fact the house from "the rocky horror picture show" & dr. frank tried to get all frisky with charlie?
okay, moving on. charlie & kristy go up to the little cottage near the house & explain their situation. the old man who answers looks a little creepy & explains that he doesn't have a phone, nor does the big house, but they are welcome to stay at the big house overnight. he says that no one lives there & he is the caretaker. he loads them up with bread, apples, blankets, & flashlights (because the power is out). so now the whole crew is staying overnight in a big creepy abandoned mansion.
they decide to explore a little. the house is very well-maintained. the formal dining room table is fully set, & all the bedrooms are outfitted with bedding & there are even still books & knickknacks on the shelves. the kids are kind of bummed, because they miss their families & feel bad about making their parents worry, but they have fun exploring the house. until they wander into a bedroom that has a huge old-fashioned portrait of a grim-looking old man on the wall. the nameplate says "owen sawyer" & jackie flips out. he tells everyone about some ghost stories his older brother shared with him, about the big haunted mansion on sawyer road. supposedly it's haunted. kristy realizes that the road with the washed away bridges is sawyer road & they are staying overnight in the haunted sawyer mansion.
in a bedroom that looks like it belonged to a girl, & features a portrait of a teenage girl named dorothy sawyer on the wall, karen finds an old diary. seriously, what is with various babysitters club characters constantly stumbling across old diaries containing useful information for their present circumstances? it happens in like every other book. anyway, dorothy writes in her diary that her father is over-protective & doesn't understand that she wants to travel & see the world. she also explains that she is in love with a young man named will blackburn, but her father doesn't approve of their union. although she fears that will will offer her only the same sheltered life she has with her father, she agrees to run off & elope. the diary's last entry is on the day before dorothy & will's planned escape. karen, kristy, & patty all wonder what happened next.
they get their answer soon enough, when jackie is rooting around in an old roll-top desk & finds a scrapbook full of newspaper clippings about dorothy's mysterious disappearance. on the day she was supposed to elop with will, a huge storm blew in & washed away the bridges on sawyer road. authorities suspect that dorothy tried to swim across the stream to reach will & drowned in the current. her body was never recovered, but she was eventually declared dead.
they also find a bunch of photos, of dorothy & her father & will. karen says dorothy looks familiar. bart, kristy, & charlie all think will looks familiar.
after everyone snacks on some bread & apples, they eventually settle down with their blankets in the big, lushly carpeted living room, & try to get some sleep.
meanwhile, in stoneybrook, everyone is freaking out about their disappearance. it's incredibly tedious. everyone keeps calling everyone else, wondering if they've heard from kristy or any of the other kids. bart's father even calls claudia. seriously? why the fuck would he call claudia & not, like, an adult? like watson? every time one of the sitters answers the phone, they think it's going to be someone calling with news, & of course it's not, because we the readers know that all the kids are stuck in a haunted mansion without phones. god, it's so boring. everyone is worried. that's all you need to know. like you couldn't have guessed.
anyway, the morning dawns bright & sunny. the old caretaker comes to the door to announce that crews are out repairing the bridges & that the kids can get back on the road soon. buddy pulls kristy aside & says he thinks that the caretaker might be will blackburn. so kristy brazenly says, "excuse me, mr. blackburn?" & the caretaker hardly misses a beat before he's like, "yup, guilty as charged." he says he bought the mansion after mr. sawyer died ("of a broken heart," some say). he doesn't live in it because it's full of too many painful memories, but he keeps it looking nice in tribute to dorothy's memory. kristy asks him about the alleged hauntings, & he's like, "hauntings? there's no haunting. when people see lights & smoke coming from the chimney, that's just me. i have to come inside sometimes to keep the place looking good." kristy asks for more info & will actually says, "it's a sad tale. a tale of a man who loved a woman who died. that man is me." seriously, who talks like that? i might start. he basically confirms that he & dorothy were going to run away & elope, but she drowned & he was very sad. then they all play a little softball & then they get on the road.
back in stoneybrook, there are joyous reunions all around. the babysitters club decides to have a sleepover to celebrate kristy's return. in the middle of the sleepover, karen interrupts to tell kristy that she stole a photo of dorothy from the mansion because she thought dorothy looked familiar. it would be a really awesome twist if dorothy turned out to be nannie. instead, mary anne looks at the picture & gasps. she recognizes the woman too. she thinks it's the woman who runs the sewing shop in town. naturally, mary anne is a regular customer, being an average 13-year-old girl & everything. karen agrees with mary anne. she apparently goes to the sewing shop all the time with her mom. the sitters decide to visit the shop in the morning & try to unravel the mystery.
so they do. they troop on in (watson drives them downtown), & after some hemming & hawing, kristy is like, "excuse me, are you dorothy sawyer?" & even though this woman basically faked her own death, which i'm pretty sure is illegal, & has been living under an assumed name for the last sixty years or so, which is also illegal, i am pretty sure, she's like, "yup, that's me." she explains that she did fall in the brook when she tried to run away with will, but she was able to save herself. & when she did, she realized that this was her big chance to be free--free of both her father & her stifling fiance. she knew everyone would assume she drowned in the brook, so she runs off & has an awesome jet-setting life, traveling the world & living out her dreams. when she was ready to settle down, she came to stoneybrook ("near the village of my home," she says--exactly how old are these people supposed to be? they're talking like they came of age in 1834) & opened a sewing shop.
kristy says that will is still alive & might like to see her. instead of being like, "um, i faked my death to avoid marrying him sixty years ago & he's been racked with guilt ever since, so i'm not entirely confident that he wouldn't just keel over with a heart attack if i showed up on his doorstep," she's like, "oh, that sounds like fun! i'll pop on by now that i know where he lives." well, he doesn't have a phone, so i guess he wouldn't exactly have been in the phone book. she's all, "that will give old will quite a turn!" i'll say.
the last page is all like, "the krashers got home safely, everyone was happy to see us, & dorothy & will are soon to have a joyous reunion. isn't it great that we're all better people?" i'm taking a wait-&-see approach to that whole "joyous reunion" part....more
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 meAnn 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.