Friday, April 2, 2010

Looking for Karen

I love books!

I met Karen last year. We are about the same age and she wears glasses too. That's why when Mom introduced me to her, we instantly became a hit! Even BFFs. And ever since I met her, I never stopped looking for her everytime I pass by a bookstore.

Karen, is the baby-sitters little sister. Yes, she is the star in the book Baby-sitters Little Sister by Ann M. Martin.

According to Wikipedia:

Baby-Sitters Little Sister is a series spin-off of The Baby-sitters Club book series. Written by Ann M. Martin, the series centered on seven-year-old Karen Brewer, the stepsister to Kristy Thomas of The Baby-sitters Club. In this series, Karen is a second grader at Stoneybrook Academy.

In the beginning of the series, Karen and her younger brother Andrew live primarily with their mother and stepfather. They visit their father and stepmother every other weekend and for a few weeks on vacations. Starting with Baby-Sitters Little Sister #48, Karen's Two Families, Karen and Andrew began switching houses every month. At this point, each book covered the month at their respective house (unlike the earlier books, such as Baby-Sitters Little Sister #3, Karen's Worst Day, which only covered a short amount of time).

Although the series covered holiday celebrations every year in real-time, Karen only celebrated her birthday once (she turned seven in Baby-Sitters Little Sister #7, Karen's Birthday). Similarly, no other main character celebrated a birthday during the run of the series.

Certain events in The Baby-sitters Club overlapped in the Baby-Sitters Little Sister series, although the timeline was shown to be off by about a year[citation needed]. Although, in some Baby-Sitters Little Sister books, Karen sometimes talks about the members of the Baby-sitters Club: Kristy Thomas, Claudia Kishi, Mary Anne Spier, Stacey McGill, Dawn Schafer, Mallory Pike, and Jessica "Jessi" Ramsey.

The series began in 1988 with the publishing of Karen's Witch, and ended twelve years later in 2000 with the publishing of Karen's Cowboy.

Mom bought me my first Karen book at a book sale along with other Baby-sitters book. Mom said they don't sell them in regular bookstores anymore, and that we can only find them in specialty bookstores that sell back issues. So whenever we go the mall, we check them out first before anything else.

I got this list from Wikipedia and took out the ones that I already have. I still have a long way to go, but I hope you can help me find them too!

My collection

Regular series

#8. Karen's Haircut: Hannie is going to get married to a boy named Scott Hsu. Karen gets a haircut for it but Hannie doesn't like the hairstyle. Will Karen be able to be in the wedding still?
#9. Karen's Sleepover: Karen is going to have a sleepover and she invites all the girls in her class, including a new girl named Pamela who isn't fun to be around.
#11. Karen's Prize: Karen's class has a spelling bee and keeps winning in them. Everyone thinks that Karen is just showing off. Even Hannie and Nancy!
#12. Karen's Ghost: Karen and Kristy are sure the ghost of old Ben Brewer is haunting them.
#13. Karen's Surprise: All the students in Ms. Colman's class, including Karen, participate in a Thanksgiving play.
#17. Karen's Brothers: Karen's stepbrothers, Charlie, Sam, and David Michael, pick on Karen now more than ever!
#19. Karen's Good-bye: Karen's friend Amanda Delaney moves away to another town! Will Karen ever see Amanda again?

#22. Karen's Little Witch: Karen discovers Mrs. Porter has a granddaughter named Druscilla. Is she a witch, too?

#23. Karen's Doll: Karen gets a new doll from London. Then Nancy has to go to the hospital. So Karen sends her new doll for a visit and Nancy thinks she's for keeps!
#26. Karen's Ducklings: Karen, Hannie, and Nancy see newborn ducklings and send them off with their mother.
#27. Karen's Big Joke: Karen plays jokes on everyone.
#31. Karen's Bully: A bully named Bobby Gianelli moves into Karen's neighborhood.
#33. Karen's Secret: Natalie, a classmate of Karen, tells Karen a secret about herself. Soon, it gets passed to the entire class.
#34. Karen's Snow Day: Karen, Hannie, and Nancy enjoy a day off from school in the snow.
#35. Karen's Doll Hospital: Karen and Nancy start a doll hospital.
#36. Karen's New Friend: There's a new girl in Karen's class who needs to use a wheel chair. Karen thinks Addie is lonely, so she decides that Addie is her new best friend
#37. Karen's Tuba: Karen's class gets to learn how to play instruments. But then Karen is the very last person to get an instrument. What will she get?
#38. Karen's Big Lie: Karen copies off of Ricky's paper and then lies about it. Then the lie gets bigger and bigger.
#39. Karen's Wedding: Ms. Colman's getting married and Karen gets to be the flower girl until Mrs.Colman's niece comes. What will happen now?
#40. Karen's Newspaper: Karen, Hannie,and Nancy make a newspaper with stuff that they weren't supposed to know.
#44. Karen's Big Weekend: Karen and her family go to New York City!
#45. Karen's Twin: Karen thought there was only ONE of herself! But Karen thinks wrong!

#46. Karen's Baby-sitter: Karen and Andrew's mother and stepfather hire a boy baby-sitter who they both enjoy.
#47. Karen's Kite: Karen's class has a class flying contest. Then Natalie and Karen have a fight. Everyone is on Natalie's side!
#48. Karen's Two Families: Karen and Andrew are sad that they only get to see their father and stepmother two weekends out of each month. So after a yes from both parents, they begin switching houses every other month.
#50. Karen's Lucky Penny: Karen finds a penny on the sidewalk and uses it for luck. Later, Karen and her friends and little brother go to an amusement park, called Funland.
#51. Karen's Big Top: Karen's going to perform in the circus!
#52. Karen's Mermaid: Karen's little house family and the Pikes go to Sea City together. Karen gets together with Margo Pike. Karen tells her she saw a real mermaid so Margo and her brother Nicky and sister Vanessa play a trick on Karen by writing notes to her to make her think it was from a mermaid.
#54. Karen's Candy: Karen and Hannie try to sell more candy for a school fundraiser than Pamela and Leslie.
#55. Karen's Magician: How many new tricks can Karen learn?
#56. Karen's Ice Skates: Karen can't wait until she and her friends can finally skate!
#57. Karen's School Mystery: There might be a thief in Karen's school!
#58. Karen's Ski Trip: Why can Andrew ski better than Karen?
#59. Karen's Leprechaun: Karen thinks that she saw a real leprechaun.
#61. Karen's Tattletale: Karen's little brother Andrew is continuously tattling on Karen.

#62. Karen's New Bike: There are so many for Karen to choose from!

#63. Karen's Movie: Karen and her friends decide to make a movie.
#66. Karen's Monsters: There's no such things as monsters...right, Karen?
#67. Karen's Turkey Day: Karen designs a turkey for Thanksgiving.
#68. Karen's Angel: She's beautiful to Karen, and at Christmas!
#69. Karen's Big Sister: Karen has her first argument with her big stepsister Kristy.

#70. Karen's Grandad: Karen realizes her grandfather is going to die and wants to spend more time with him before it happens.
#72. Karen's New Puppy: Karen's big-house family get a new puppy. She's cute, but a whole lot of trouble!

#73. Karen's Dinosaur: And Karen thought they were extinct!
#74. Karen's Softball Mystery: What's happening to Kristy's Krushers? It's up to Karen to find out!
#75. Karen's County Fair: Karen and her family go to a county fair!
#76. Karen's Magic Garden: Karen finds a pretty garden. Could it be magic?
#77. Karen's School Surprise: Something special happens in Karen's school!

#78. Karen's Half Birthday: Karen turns seven-and-a-half years old and wants to throw a "half" birthday party for herself.
#79. Karen's Big Fight: Karen argues with David Michael after he is briefly transferred to Stoneybrook Academy and put into Karen's class!
#80. Karen's Christmas Tree: Merry Christmas, Karen!
#81. Karen's Accident: Karen falls out of a treehouse and has a ruptured spleen and goes to the hospital. Will she be okay?
#82. Karen's Secret Valentine: Who is Karen's valentine? Is it Ricky? Bobby? Read to find out!
#83. Karen's Bunny: This bunny is a whole lot of trouble for Karen!
#84. Karen's Big Job: Looks like Karen's the boss for today!
#85. Karen's Treasure: Karen finds some buried treasure!

#86. Karen's Telephone Trouble: Karen is hogging up the phone at the big house.
#87. Karen's Pony Camp: Karen impresses Hannie and Nancy while at pony camp!
#88. Karen's Puppet Show: Karen's puppet show will be gigundoly funny! ... Or will it?

#91. Karen's Pilgrim: Is Karen's new friend a real pilgrim?
#93. Karen's Cooking Contest: Hey! What's Karen cooking?
#94. Karen's Snow Princess: At an ice skating show, Karen has the chance to meet the snow princess!
#95. Karen's Promise: Karen makes a big promise to Andrew that she doesn't want to break.
#96. Karen's Big Move: Karen's stepfather Seth gets a new job in Chicago and gives Karen the chance to say good-bye to her family and friends.
#97. Karen's Paper Route: It's a way for Karen to make money!
#98. Karen's Fishing Trip: Karen and her father go on a fishing trip, and Karen catches a huge fish!
#99. Karen's Big City Mystery: What's going on with Karen in Chicago?
#100. Karen's Book: Karen writes a book all about her life starting from when she was born.

#101. Karen's Chain Letter: Karen thought it brought GOOD luck!

#102. Karen's Black Cat: Karen's family adopts a black kitten.
#103. Karen's Movie Star: A movie star flies in from Hollywood, and Karen gets to meet her!
#104. Karen's Christmas Carol: Which carol will Karen sing?
#105. Karen's Nanny: Karen and Andrew want to have the perfect nanny while their mother and stepfather go out.
#106. Karen's President: Karen gets to meet the President of the United States!
#107. Karen's Copycat: Karen takes another student's pottery work and passes it off as her own.
#108. Karen's Field Day: For Karen, there will be many adventures this field day!
#109. Karen's Show and Share: Karen makes up a story for show and share at school so she'll have the perfect show and share.
#110. Karen's Swim Meet: Karen and Nancy sign up for a swim meet.
#111. Karen's Spy Mystery: Something spooky is going on at Nancy's house, as Karen sees!

#112. Karen's New Holiday: Karen invents a new holiday called Augustania.
#113. Karen's Hurricane: A hurricane hits Stoneybrook and guess what it's called... Hurricane Karen!
#114. Karen's Chicken-Pox: Karen catches the chicken pox from her little sister Emily Michelle soon before Halloween.
#116. Karen's Reindeer: When Karen spots a reindeer in her neighborhood, she makes up a special plan to reunite him with Santa.
#117. Karen's Mistake: Karen is having the time of her life at her family's New Year's Eve bash - until she sees a gentleman kiss her grandmother on the cheek! Everyone else is happy that Nannie has a love interest, but Karen thinks it spells disaster.
#118. Karen's Figure Eight: Karen tries to make the perfect figure eight.
#119. Karen's Yo-Yo: Why can't Karen do it if everyone else can?
#120. Karen's Easter Parade: Karen is so excited! Her cousin Diana is coming to visit. But Diana has changed since Karen last saw her. Now she's into breaking rules and pushing limits. She seems to think that the local Easter parade is a contest - and she'll do anything to make her hat the best in town!
#121. Karen's Gift: Karen makes a gift for her mother.
#122. Karen's Cowboy: Karen realizes that her new friend is a real, live cowboy!

Super Specials

#1. Karen's Wish: Karen wishes for her grandmother Nannie to recover from her broken hip.
#3. Karen's Mystery: Karen and Hannie think mysteries are fun until Karen's pet rat Emily Junior goes missing.
#5. Karen's Baby: Nancy's baby brother Daniel is finally born! Karen is excited and Nancy does something special to Karen.
#6. Karen's Campout: Karen, Hannie, and Nancy go to Camp Mohawk and sleep outside with their bunkies.

That's Karen, in a nutshell and I love her to bits, just like Mom whose first name also happens to be Karen too! :)

* I have updated and crossed out the ones that I already got. How about your collection?


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