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this is my first time reading this book kristy starts a regular baby sitting job with susan felder, a low functioning autistic girl who is home from her specialized boarding school before starting at a new specialized boarding school kristy doesn t know anything about autism she thinks she can get susan to make friends, and she thinks she can get her parents to keep her at home and send her to the public schools special ed programs meanwhile, the hobart family moves into the spiers old house from australia and everyone bullies them because they re different.highlights finally a reference to mallory having red hair we were told she has brown hair in Hello, Mallory, and though she has been depicted as having red hair on all book covers on which she appears, no subsequent reference to her hair color has been made there is a moldy bag of food in kristy s locker, and she says she thought the smell was her gym suit this is almost like a school lunch comment, so I love it mallory starts dating ben hobart gingers in LUV mrs felder was on her way to the beauty parlor to have her hair col I mean, cut that was exactly what mrs felder had said I love this goofy moment where old fashioned mrs felder is embarrassed to admit she gets her hair colored mrs felder asks kristy, do I look any fatter to you after telling her she is pregnant kristy says yes because that s the answer she knows mrs felder wanted I kind of appreciate that this old fashioned woman who is embarrassed about dying her hair WANTS to be told she looks fat claudia tries to pick her own lock with a bobby pin for fun great moments in claudia emulating nancy drew history kristy has a strong belief that she will be able to change susan s life drastically, and then she doesn t succeed susan still goes off to school this is a really important lesson just because you think you re the unsinkable kristy thomas who can do literally anything doesn t mean that s true that said, kristy decides she wants to be a teacher who works with kids like susan when she grows up I doubt that she is SUCH a future CEO , but I still think it s really sweet.lowlights nitpicks kristy s understanding of down s syndrome down s syndrome people have sort of slanted eyes and fattish faces, and are usually docile, affectionate, and friendly it sounds like she s talking about a breed of dog UGH mrs felder says autism is rare it s wild how much that s changed autism is not so rare any kristy likens susan to matt braddock who is profoundly deaf she is clueless she even says that the kids in matt s neighborhood learned sign language, so he was able to have friends, comparing that to susan s parents not trying to help her make friends as though being a deaf kid who is otherwise normal by mainstream standards is remotely similar to being an autistic kid who never exhibits meaningful speech kristy is so naive there is a scene where an awful neighborhood bully starts charging money to go see susan play the piano she can play anything she s heard only once or state the day of the week on which a certain date in history fell kristy lets them all in the house, thinking they are trying to be friends with susan to repeat, kristy is so naive stacey says she isn t feeling well and that she s lost weight is this a foreshadow that I m unaware of Stacey s Emergency won t come out for over a year.no outfits.snacks in claudia s room mentos in her dresser drawer [[ Ebook ]] ⇣ Kristy and the Secret of Susan (The Baby-Sitters Club, #32) ☙ Kristy S Newest Baby Sitting Charge Is Susan Felder, Who Goes Away To A Special School Susan Isn T Like Most Kids While She Can Play The Piano And Sing Beautifully She Can T Talk To Anyone Susan Is Autistic She Lives Locked Inside Her Own Secret WorldKristy Thinks It S Unfair That Susan Has To Be Sent Off To School And Is Treated Differently From Everyone Else But Kristy S Going To Try To Change That By Showing Everyone That Susan S A Regular Kid, Too And Then Maybe Kristy S New Friend Can Stay In Stoneybrook For Good The handling of autisum in this book is what really makes it show its age You can tell it was written before doctors and other people knew about the spectrum Susan, the autistic kid, is portrayed as totally mute and lost in her own little world, clicking her tongue and flapping her hands and her mother having to yell just to get her attention At one point she even wets herself in public because she s so unable to function outside her home.Susan s mother and Kristy s thoughts outline that Susan s future is bleak Granted, this CAN be true if a person is severely disabled and unable to adjust to everyday life despite therapy and medical treatments, but the way it s written it seems like she means ALL autistics have bleak futures.The portrayal of the handicapped class at SMS bugged me, too I know disabled kids having meltdowns and tantrums IS truth in television, but there s DIFFERENT KINDS Some might kick and scream like overgrown preschoolers, but others might just start crying or go totally quiet and withdraw in on themselves Handicapped people are not a monolith Also, they don t necessarily need to be treated like two year olds.Kristy s caught some flack from other snarkers for being righteously pissed at the Feldmans and trying to change their minds, but if I were Kristy I d feel the same way even if I WEREN T on the spectrum Susan s only eight, why are her parents giving up so early Even if she needscare than they can give her on their own special schools they could at least VISIT her Treat her like she s their child and not a liability Mrs Feldman doesn t even care when Susan manages to make a friend, and in the end they send her away and hope the new baby they re going to have will be normal That s just terrible.That said, I do agree that Kristy wasn t exactly within her rights to try to change things Her heart was in the right place in trying to help Susan come out of her shell, but she handled it really badly I couldn t help cringing at her trying to force Susan to make friends with kids who d never met an autistic person before and wouldn t know how to act around one While the kid who tried to exploit Susan s savant abilities was a dick and Kristy was right to tell him off, you can t help but think she should have seen it coming Kids are assholes to anyone who s different.Which brings me to the subplot involving the Australian Hobbart boys The younger ones are bullied for their accents, but the focus is on James, who takes the brunt of the bullying from a particular boy named Zach In the end, he befriends the bully and that seems to be the answer to his problems.I have mixed feelings about this On one hand, it s not that uncommon for people who initially dislike each other to warm up to each other and become friends I actually adore this trope, especially when it involves a bully who s got a softer core than they let on Bart Simpson and Nelson Muntz, Doug Funnie and Roger Klotz, Helga Pataki and Lila Sawyer, Rei Hino and Usagi Tsukino in the first anime only, as Rei is a much different character in the other incarnations.But it doesn t work in this book James, who never did anything wrong, is bullied just for having an accent and the only solution is to make friends with the ringleader, who never suffers any kind of consequences for his behavior It sends the message that all the bully needs is friendship and forgiveness and that makes everything okay when in truth, sometimes bullies are just horrible people who need to be punished and don t deserve forgiveness. I couldn t sleep last night, and I couldn t concentrate on any books or podcasts, so I decided to download a BSC book to my Kindle to pass the time.I owned this book as a kid, I think it was the only BSC book in our house that was actually mine, and I remember really liking it.probably my second favorite, right after Claudia and the New Girl It is primarily about Susan, a child with autism who Kristy starts babysitting It is also the book where the Hobarts the red headed Australians appear for the first time Even as a kid, I realized BSC were incredibly formulaic, and they kind of had that guilty pleasure feel to them I do have really good memories of getting stacks of them from the library or from my fourth grade teacher, and sitting with my sisters, reading them in one sitting, and passing them along when we were done Thinking of the books now, I realize that they did tackle some pretty real issues Racism, divorce, illness, peer pressure,bullying etc I probably learned a lotthan I realized from these books This book attempts to teach the reader about autism, and I appreciate the attempt, but parts of it were just a little iffy Kristy, a thirteen year old girl, is babysitting Susan, who has severe autism and is non verbal, three days a week after school after only meeting with the mother for about ten minutes Sounds like a bad idea I was also really bothered at the end, when Susan s mom becomes pregnant again, that this pregnancy is portrayed almost as a second chance to have a real child I know this is a really tricky issue, and I think some it was handled very well, but other parts really just didn t sit well with me.Really, though, it was mostly just fun to read this book I forgot how casual the style is, and it was funny to read because it is exactly the style I used to write all the heavily plagiarized stories I wrote when I was a kid a lot of describing people s outfits, putting things in parentheses, expository writing, even naming my characters after all the BSC members until one of my sisters explained plagiarism to me Overall, a fun reread. Kristy and the Secret of Susan is Ann M Martin s way of educating young readers about autism When I read this in late elementary or early middle school, I didn t consider the way Martin went about educating her readers about the characteristics of autism I thought it was simply a good book for teens As an adult with greater knowledge of autism, Asperger s syndrome, and other disorders on the spectrum, I realize the way Martin portrayed Susan is incorrect She gave Susan every possible trait of autism when in fact individuals who carry this diagnosis do not show every trait of the condition As an adult, the other issue I see with this book is how Kristy thinks it s her mission to convince Susan s parents that she can thrive in Stoneybrook if only she attends the public school special education programs and makes friends in the neighborhood Ann appeared not to have conducted very thorough research on autistic spectrum disorder because if she had, she would have learned that making friends can be very difficult for individuals on the spectrum I m not saying it s impossible, just that it s muchdifficult for these individuals Kristy s method of helping Susan to make friends backfires when Mel Tucker and Zack Wolfson begin charging neighborhood kids to come over, give Susan a date, or song, and then leave That s not the way to teach children about individulas with idsabilities If anything, this will make the neurotypical children consider Susan a freak. I remember when I first read this I was so disappointed that Kristy didn t solve everything as usual Now that I m rereading it, I m glad she didn t, as it just wouldn t have been realistic As it is, it s heartbreaking. 3.5 Stars Kristy baby sits an autistic girl named Susan, and becomes determined to fix her I read this book when I was about ten, and thought it was really boring, but it actually gave a lot of good information about autism that helped me later in life.Things I remember from reading this as a kid Very little I remember that Susan was amazing with dates, and music, and that some jerk tried to make money off her as a sideshow, like in a circus I also remember reading the whole book, and still being very confused about autism, and its causes, and what exactly happened to the people who were diagnosed with it By the time I graduated from high school there wereandchildren being diagnosed with autism, and all of the so called experts were just as mystified by the disease as I was Remembering my impressions of this book helped put it in context for how the world feels about autism Today we have several regular library patrons who are severely autistic, and remembering Susan in this book helps me keep in mind what their parents must be going through Not everyone has eager Kristy to show up three times a week to watch their kids so they can get a break.This is the first book with the Hobart boys, one of whom becomes Mallory s boyfriend I remember that one of them calls Susan his mate which made me as a kid laugh as hard as the kids in the book I was at least eighteen or nineteen years old before I realized that he just meant that he thought of Susan as being his friend.Things I ve considered since reading this as an adult This book was clearly written by someone who has done a lot of work with autistic children who turns out to be Ann M Martin herself She volunteered at a school for autistic children in her hometown of Princeton, New Jersey when she was in high school and college She had already written a book about a family with an autistic child before she wrote the Baby Sitters Club books a book called Inside Out and her most recent book, Rain Reign is about a girl with autism The pub date for this book was 1990, so the understanding of autism is sort of stuck in one place, but her sensitivity about the subject is evident in this book right from the beginning when Kristy tries to look up autism in the dictionary and only finds vague references to schizophrenia and withdrawal, which frustrates her Mrs Felder, Susan s mother, explains to her that there is no way the definition of autism would ever fit in a dictionary, especially since it varies so much from person to person Once Kristy learns about Susan s talents she is upset that her parents seem to want to just dump her at a school and be done with her She gets quite prissy about it, saying things like Home is where children belong and that Susan should be allowed to learn in a familiar environment because she would clearly makeprogress These judgemental thoughts would be super annoying in an adult, but in a thirteen year old they are unbearable But as Kristy workswith Susan, and realizes how truly inside herself she is, she knows that the best thing for Susan is to be a special school with people who can work with her, and supervise her 24 hours a day There s a very sad moment when Kristy talks to Susan s father and she sees how much he loves Susan and how much he hopes for her to succeed at the one thing that brings her happiness playing the piano It is pretty sobering to realize that the Felders clearly have a lot of money, and clearly meant to give Susan the very best education and opportunities, but are now spending their money and influence on boarding schools for special needs children And yet they dream of the great things Susan could still do, even with her handicap Poor Jessi has to explain to the stupid, dense Pikes that she s been called some terrible names, much worse than the nickname Spider, which they have all battled against even though it sounds like a cute nickname to me When they want to know what kinds of names Jessi s been called she won t tell them Nothing as cute as Spider, believe me, she says wearily, wondering why she has to be the token black kid in Stoneybrook, constantly explaining racism to self centered white people who think they have real problems.The way the rest of the special needs children in this book are described is awkward at best, offensive at worst Ann M Martin clearly used up her sensitivity on autism because she describes the kids with Downs syndrome as retarded and docile, affectionate, and friendly in a broad sweeping statement It was especially noticeable because in the very next chapter Kristy yells at a bunch of kids for calling Susan retard and dumbo Make up your mind, Ann M Martin Is it OK to use retarded or not This is one of the most offensive BSC books, and it s one Ann herself wrote Ann claims to have worked with autistic children, but I have a hard time believing that Kristy s actions get a pass only because Ann thought Susan s treatment was appropriate I m raising an autistic child, so have a few things to say The Felders, a couple who are long time Stoneybrook residents, bring their daughter home from an institution for a while No one even remembered they had a daughter since she was thrown in a mental institution and left there, never brought home even for trips The instantly foist her off onto a barely teenaged babysitter who knew nothing about autism What the hell, Ann I m raising a child who is mildly autistic, and I have NEVER left her with someone who was that young, and in fact, her only babysitters ever have been adults who met her at LEAST a dozen times with me so that they knew each other and were comfortable I can t imaging dumping her on a 13 year old who knew nothing about autism.Kristy knows so little about autism that she attempts to cure Susan by forcing her to go out in the neighborhood where Susan isn t comfortable Why did Ann think it was appropriate to have Susan paraded around like a dog Of all the things terrible about this book, the MOST OFFENSIVE is at the end when the Felders get Susan into another institution and announce they re pregnant again But that s not the bad part See, this new pregnancy is being hailed as a second chance A second chance at what Parenting They should be parenting the daughter they have A second chance at having a normal, non retarded kid That is the insinuation here, and yes I used the r word because that is the CLEAR tone of what happens Ewww, retarded kid is broken, so let s have a normie Horrible The ONE thing I do feel I need to defend is a couple of the kids asking if autism is the same as retarded When this book was written, that was a typical term, the same way mentally challenged is used today For the most part, not offensive, but some people do use it as a pejorative Give it another ten years, and mentally challenged will be seen only as an offensive phrase So in the context of the time period, asking is autism meant Susan was retarded was not seen as offensive. One of my least favorite BSC books , fortunately it s a slim read Ann M Martin attempts to tackle the issue of autism but sabotages the seriousness of this by going the Hollywood route and making the child savant as well Think Rain Man Susan is a pianist who is able to play anything, even after only hearing it once She is also described as being very beautiful Kristy is given the job of babysitting her , and swells with self righteous indignation that this girl is somehow being short changed by her parents five mintues after meeting them Kristy will help this child make friends normal friends , to show the parents she deserves to live at home Every little nugget seems chosen to milk our sympathy making Susan beautiful is suppoed to what make us think, pity and she looked so normal Even the side story borrows again from Hollywood this time from Crocodile Dundee when a family of Australians move in Dreadful If you want my full review check it out on