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Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls

(The Baby-Sitters Club #2)

3.83  ·  Rating details ·  8,167 ratings  ·  393 reviews
Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne and Stacey have had some strange adventures since they started the Baby-sitters Club. But nothing's been as spooky as what's going on right now. The baby-sitters have been getting mysterious phone calls when they're out on their jobs. When a phone rings and they pick up, there's no one on the other end of the line.

Claudia's sure it's the Phantom
Paperback, 153 pages
Published September 1st 1995 by Scholastic (first published 1986)
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Vy are you sure you want it spoiled for you? you can buy it off of amazon, it's actually one of the more interesting story lines in the series …moreare you sure you want it spoiled for you? you can buy it off of amazon, it's actually one of the more interesting story lines in the series (less)
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Vy yes :) it would be a really bad book if the mystery was never solved lol

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Cait S
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
"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
The babysitters are hounded by phantom phone calls while looking after their young charges and immediately think that its the local infamous burglar known as the phantom phonecaller. Hilarity ensues as the girls get increasingly worked up during their sitting jobs, with rather inventive methods for detering burglars.

I almost forgot how dramatic Claudia can be while I was reading this. Her love of Nancy Drew leads her imagination to run riot at times. She was never one of my favourites as I coul
Nov 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
Irresistible re- read of 2018
Claudia Kishi, BSC 's vice-president takes the role of main protagonist in book 2. I liked the focus on a younger sibling feeling she cannot live up to an older sister's shadow. On top of it the girls ( who are in 7th grade) become obsessed with a local news story about recent B&E 's. Of course, overactive imaginations lead to some pretty crazy things happening. But there's also plenty of room for teen angst as Claudia worries if her poet crush will take her to th
Schizanthus Nerd
Claudia, I blame you for my obsession with getting a phone in my bedroom as a kid, along with my own private phone number. You’re also responsible for me making sure there’s always some junk food hidden in my bedroom, in case of emergency.

Claudia’s fashion choices also started my love of all things quirky, something that’s followed me into my adult life. I still buy weird and wonderful earrings because of Claudia, coming up with combinations that make other people look at me like I’m weird but n
Jan 03, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Find Out Which of These Serial Killers Is Behind You Right Now, but First the Traffic and Weather. Diane?

It is 1986, and Claudia has a stalker. On the outside, he is your usual emotionally-stunted pre-teen masturbator who teases and publicly torments her and gets away with it under the Boys Will Be Boys Clause that has existed since sex-differentiation became a part of biology.

But underneath, he is a twisted misogynist who steals the girls' private register filled with their schedules, inclu
Oct 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I blame Paperback Crush for this foray into my childhood. The rereads of my beloved Babysitters Club did not disappoint. What a joy it was to be reunited with my favorites from this beloved series that marked my childhood.
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Well, well, well.

Little Miss Perfect Kristy isn't so perfect after all. Ha!

I honestly really loved this! My only gripe is that although I understand this book is a bit aged, can we please let the whole boys-are-rude-to-girls-because-they-like-them thing die?

Also! This story line wouldn't be very feasible in our modern age of technology - that makes it even better!
Mar 18, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
If you ever get a call from me asking about a blue ribbon, you'll know what to do. ...more
Logan Hughes
Mar 07, 2013 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
Jan 06, 2010 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 that parents w ...more
Sorry not sorry for enjoying the hell out of this dive into my favourite series circa 1996.
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Claudia and that gang are back at it! Babysitting is all fun and games (literally) until someone starts breaking into homes and stealing jewelry. Known as the “Phantom Caller” he calls twice and hangs up without a sound and after that happens you are next in line to be robbed. The girls start getting these strange calls and what unfolds next may not be exactly what they where expecting.
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I found Claudia to be a less sympathetic POV character than Kristy. I was also put off by the fact that no one in the book locks their doors - even as they actively worry about a burglar! I could have done without the whole, "boys tease girls because they like them" trope too. ...more
I read this for pure nostalgia reasons and oh boy, I can definitely tell why I loved this series as a kid. So many memories flooding back, so many things in the books I tried to pick for my own life - not the babysitting part though. And Claudia (or Valerie, as she was called in Finland for some reason) was my favourite back then and yep, can definitely see why I liked her so much.

Reading this as an adult, I can see there are problematic things in this you don't realize as a kid. And it's outda
Ever since I learned that Netflix was reimagining one of my favorite childhood book series, I had decided that I would be embarking on a re-read of this series, reliving a series of books that helped to shape me into a voracious reader. I am so excited to embark on this travel back in time. I don't expect to be mentally stimulated -- I mean, I'm not exactly a pre-teen middle-schooler these days -- but I make no apology for choosing to enjoy this series from the perspective of adulthood. Don't ex ...more
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Enjoyed reading this aloud with my 6 and 9 year old girls but content has dated and harmful views about boys and girls and relationships. ***Spoiler Alert!*** Had to have a conversation w/ my girls to explain that what's presented as a cute, flattering, and "boys will be boys" type of scenario -- the phantom calls are actually from boys who have crushes on the girls -- was actually textbook stalking behavior which is creepy, totally unacceptable, and often leads to violence. I understand that th ...more
Quinn Collard
Aug 16, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2016
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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 ...more
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
I am really having a fun time reading this series as an adult. I have read reviews from people that are upset that some of that subject matter is problematic. I just want to remind people that this was written in 1986!

I loved reading these books when I was a preteen with all my girlfriends-we wanted to be just like them.
I look forward to continuing on with my favorite babysitters and rolling my eyes at the ridiculous preteen drama of 1986, it was a great time to be a kid.
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2020
Can’t stop, won’t stop.

I really love this book because I ADORE seeing Claudia’s life and completely understand her love of mysteries!!! This story itself always makes me think about what I would have done if I were in Claudia and Kristy’s situation at the Newton’s. I’d like to think I’d do the same thing, but it always blows my mind that these two 13 year olds were so responsible. No way was I that responsible at 13!!
Mar 30, 2017 rated it liked it
And here begins my feminist reading of The Baby-Sitters Club. I don't love the premise of this, that boys tease and are mean to girls they like. These are some strong women, but they give in too quickly to guys who are mean, just because they like them! ...more
Jun 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Claudia so much. BSC forever.
Feb 06, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fun and I love the covers of these new audio versions.
Kellee Moye
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 rated it it was amazing
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 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 ...more
Nov 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
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!!!!!!!!!!!! ...more
Mar 18, 2007 rated it liked it
i think sley put it best: this book has staying power. Have you seen my blue hair ribbon?
Aug 04, 2009 rated it it was amazing
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! ...more
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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.

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