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Claudia has a sad good-bye to make. Her grandmother, Mimi, has just died. Claudia understands that Mimi was sick for a long time, but she's still mad at her grandmother for leaving her. Who will help Claudia with her homework...and share 'special tea' with her?To keep from thinking about Mimi, Claudia spends all of her free time painting and baby-sitting. She's even teachiClaudia has a sad good-bye to make. Her grandmother, Mimi, has just died. Claudia understands that Mimi was sick for a long time, but she's still mad at her grandmother for leaving her. Who will help Claudia with her homework...and share 'special tea' with her?To keep from thinking about Mimi, Claudia spends all of her free time painting and baby-sitting. She's even teaching an art class for some of the kids in the neighbourhood.Claudia knows she has to let go of Mimi sometime. But how do you say good-bye to a special friend...forever?...

Title : Claudia and the Sad Good-bye
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Claudia and the Sad Good-bye Reviews

  • Marian
    2019-04-24 21:21

    It's been years since I read Claudia and the Sad Good-bye, mostly because I was pretty sure that if Louie's death in Kristy and the Snobs would still affect me after all this time (and the loss of grandparents and pets), Mimi's death would be even worse.So I waited. And waited. And then my father had a stroke earlier this year... and then he died while the hospital seemed content to do absolutely nothing. So I waited a little longer... and I decided to chance the book again.It's funny how you can remember certain things so clearly despite the gulf of time between readings. One of the things I didn't fully remember was the strange way time is utilized in the book. Claudia's grief seems to mess with the timeline more than any other book I can think of off the top of my head. (She doesn't remember Mimi's funeral for one, and sort of relies on Stacey's memories, although we only get bits and pieces of those.)As a kid, I loved this book. As an adult, I kind of wish it had been fleshed out a little more.But I do love the Mimi memories and the way Kristy cautions Claudia not to just drop the Sitting Charge of the Book because for as durable as people say kids are, Kristy knows that they do get broken, especially by careless people.

  • Rachel Brand
    2019-05-13 01:23

    I think this book will always hold special value for me because I read it on the day that my Grandma died. She's suffered from Alzheimer's for years, to the point where she no longer recognised her own children, and this winter she came down with a chest infection and had to be hospitalised. Basically, her body started to shut down and we got the news on Tuesday that she was in a coma and would die within 24 hours. So I decided it was a good time to read this book. I found it to be a pretty good portrayal of a family experiencing grief after the death of a relative. Both parents throw themselves back into their work but Claudia doesn't know how to cope and is offended when her friends at school avoid her out of awkwardness. Janine is the one who finally gets the family to sit down and talk about Mimi and what they're going to do with her room. It was nice to see Claudia's friends rallying around her and talking about their favourite memories. The one thing I wasn't comfortable with was the way that Mimi died. It was all very mysterious and the doctors didn't know what was wrong with her. Why did they have to make it so unusual? Couldn't she have just died of old age, or of a virus or infection? It was kind of bizarre and didn't make much sense.There was also a subplot where Claudia and Mary Anne ran an art class for local kids, and it was nice to see their friendship being developed. I know that people always complain about how the BSC "fix" the kids they sit for, but it was so sad seeing Corrie being neglected by her parents. I know plenty of kids who were shipped off to classes because their parents didn't want to look after their own kids. People like that should not be allowed to procreate! It also seemed realistic that the babysitter would mention politely to the parent that the child was upset that their mum didn't spend much time with her. I could imagine childminders or teachers doing this also. All in all, I thought this was an excellent book aside from Mimi's mysterious illness. I would have preferred a more realistic death or reason for her death. 9/10

  • Swankivy
    2019-04-28 23:55

    I always hated when the cover and title of these books told me exactly what was going to happen. "Sad Good-bye"? Picture of Claudia's beloved grandma on the cover? You do the math. But I was actually kinda glad that instead of acting like Mimi's death is a surprise that the kids reading won't expect, they end up making the family's grief part of the plot. Claudia's parents deliberately distract themselves with work and she's kinda like "Wait, how do I get through this?" Her sister, who's usually portrayed like she has no feelings because she's smart and nerds are just nerds, actually takes a lead role in bringing the family together. There's also some other Good Family Messages when Claudia and Mary Anne (who aren't usually "paired up" together for anything) end up working with kids for an arts and crafts class and one of the kids there is one of those "must have lessons all day every day" children. So they get to try to help that kid communicate with her parents about cultivating a relationship. Better do it while you can! Anyway, this is also one of the books where the mood of the book and the mindset of the character actually kind of affected the storytelling in the book, which was neat. You really got this out-of-joint feeling from it, which works.

  • Logan Hughes
    2019-05-19 20:04

    Don't--just don't ask me to describe this book right now. I'm a little... I've been cutting onions, okay?The title spoils you for what you know will be the "death of Mimi" book, but the death itself doesn’t occur until halfway through the book, after an agonizing series of frustratingly ineffective hospital stays. Mimi seems to be getting better, and Claudia has a nice conversation with her on the phone the night before she gets up early in the morning for a drink of water and finds her mother crying, and learns that Mimi is dead. The news takes awhile to sink in, and we follow Claudia through various stages of grief as she processes the news, goes to school, goes to the funeral, does her art, takes care of kids, carries on, numb and confused. With its careful attention to detail and moment-by-moment storytelling, this little book holds a lot of story, and packs a big wollop. Impossible not to cry.

  • Shira
    2019-05-06 22:16

    this is my first time reading this book!wow. well done, ann. the main plot in this book is that claudia's grandmother mimi keeps getting sicker and having to go back into the hospital only to have the doctors clueless about what's wrong with her. finally, she dies. in the subplot, claudia and mary anne start an art class for some bsc charges including new kid corrie addison. corrie's mom basically wants nothing to do with her (and is always really late picking her up from the art class), and corrie and claudia develop a really close, almost codependent relationship really quickly based on their neediness.highlights:-this book is not fun to read, but it is handled SO WELL. from claudia's feeling like mimi's death isn't real, to alternating between blaming herself/blaming mimi/blaming the doctors for the death, to snapping at her friends, to withdrawing from everything, it's just all so real.-kristy's speech to claudia about how to responsibly be there for corrie addison is so good. kristy is concerned that though they both need each other right now, once claudia starts to feel better she is going to "drop corrie." kristy is so emotionally smart and human interaction-savvy here, and I just really love it.-nanny (kristy's grandmother) moves in to care for emily michelle. we will hear so much more about the pink clinker (her ratty old pink car) from here on out.-claudia's painting is a "stop action" - like you pressed pause in the middle of an action movie. this is such a good idea and I want to see this painting.-they test mimi for toxoplasmosis "which you get mainly from cats" -- this is t gondii! I wrote a huge piece about it in my zine poop matters! I love t gondii. incidentally they've been researching using t gondii to fight cancer, so it's really not all bad.lowlights/nitpicks:-mrs. addison makes me so upset because I have lived this. when I was in 7th grade, my stepmom was an hour late to picking me up from school almost every day, and there was no schoolbus that would go to my apartment. I remember befriending all the folks who worked in the office after hours, and knowing that they resented me because they would have been able to go home if I wasn't there, and knowing that they pitied me too. it's an awful position to put a kid in, and nobody should ever do it.-kristy spells mary anne's name mary ann. she knows better, and you should too, ann.-claudia tells a story where mimi is an ambulance chaser. huh? was mimi a lawyer and no one ever told us about it?claudia outfit:-"At the moment I'm wearing lavender plaid cuffed pants with suspenders over a green shirt with buttons down the front, a matching lavender beret (and not just because I'm at my easel), and fleece-lined, high-top sneakers which I must admit are uncomfortably hot, but they look great. Also, I've got on earrings shaped like Christmas tree lights that actually blink on and off."snacks in claudia's room:-double stuf oreos in her hollow book-cheetos under her bed

  • Reese
    2019-04-23 00:23

    This book is sad but good. Claudia loses her grandmother to a stoke. It's really sad for claudia because she doesn't do so well at school but the rest of her family is really smart. Mimi, Claudia's grandmother, is the only person who understood her. Claudia also shared 'special tea' with Mimi and she misses that. Awesome book which I highly recommend.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-20 20:07

    Ugh, I've been dreading this book since I started this whole reread project! It's so freaking sad, I can hardly stand more here.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-09 23:14

    Need a book to help a young girl/teenager cope with the death of a loved one? This is the book for you. It deals with the lead up, death and all the emotions on the other side.

  • lisa
    2019-05-22 22:14

    The book where Claudia loses her beloved grandmother Mimi. Every time I think about this book tears come to my eyes. I was nine or ten when I first read it, and it was one of the most realistic portrayals of the death of a close family member I had read at the time. Years later, when I was in high school, I read Ann M Martin's book With You and Without You, a book she wrote several years before working on the BSC series. It's about a middle school age girl whose father dies after a short illness, and the pain and upheaval she and her family go through. It's so well done, and I remember being amazed that Ann M Martin was so good at writing fictional stories about middle school girls dealing with the death of close family members.Things I remember from reading this as a kid:Claudia finding an odd attachment to Corrie Addison, especially since this friendship is never, ever mentioned again. Later in the series, Claudia develops a similar friendship/mentorship with Rose Wilder that is again, almost never mentioned again. Mimi's funeral, and the numbness Claudia feels, also the baby sitters remembering funny Mimi stories.Mimi's comment about confusing the Muses. The last thing she ever says to Claudia is "Do not want to confuse the Muses." Claudia has no idea what that means until Janine explains to her that Mimi probably meant "Do not want to disturb the Muses" since Claudia was working on an art project when she called. To this day I refer to confusing the muses, since that makes just as much sense to me as disturbing them.Things I've considered since reading this as an adult:Claudia mentions that one of her best places for hiding junk food is behind her Nancy Drew book on her bookshelf. Why would she keep her Nancy Drew books in plain sight on her shelf? I thought she hid those as well, so it seems like an especially bad idea to hide candy behind them, since it increases the risk her parents will discover both her secrets.Claudia's experience with Mimi is even more well done than I remember it being. When Mimi is first the hospital Claudia can't help resent the fact that she has to give up going to art classes and baby sitting to watch over her, even as she is happy to spend time with Mimi, Later, when Mimi comes home from the hospital Claudia quickly becomes tired of helping Mimi, and is upset when Mimi finds fault with her tasks. When Mimi goes back into the hospital Claudia is furious with the lackluster care she receives from doctors and nurses. She's angry with Mimi for acting difficult. She's increasingly confused and disturbed by Mimi's unpredictable behavior, but she is thrilled when Mimi is told she can go home, and has a nice conversation over the phone with her the night before she is due to come home. Then when Mimi dies during the night she is stunned. How could someone who inspired such a range of feelings in her be gone so suddenly? She doesn't know how to act at the funeral, she's upset at the reaction she gets from her classmates on her return to school, and she tries not to think about Mimi at all, either how much she loved her, or how angry she is that Mimi is gone. Of course, there are things that remind her constantly. All of this is written about very subtly, but in a deeply heartfelt way. You know that things will pop up for the rest of her life that will remind Claudia of Mimi, and that once she moves past her grief and anger she will mostly be comforted by these reminders.The Addisons are written like they're supposed to be bad parents, but I don't know many parents today who don't act the Addisons. Most parents today seem to have their kids scheduled for every spare second of the day, with lots of different classes. I know a lot of parents who have child care that takes the kids to their classes after school, and then watches them in the evening while the parents work late, or go out. It doesn't seem unusual for the Addisons to do this, but why don't they hire a housekeeper, or full time child care? (And by this I don't mean a thirteen year old baby sitter.) What's obnoxious about the Addisons is that they assume that Claudia has nothing better to do than sit with Corrie until they decide to show up to get her. If I were Claudia I would be pissed, especially if I was also trying to deal with the death of a grandmother. She finally tells Mrs Addison how she feels, but I can't imagine things will change that much for Sean and Corrie. (In later books we find out that nothing really changes at all.) I don't understand why the parents of Stoneybrook refuse to take their kids on errands with them. When I was young I was dragged along to every boring errand my parents went on.

  • M.M. Strawberry Reviews
    2019-05-14 19:57

    This one filled me with such feels. Mimi was one of my favorite characters through the series, and it was already sad enough when Mimi suffered a stroke earlier in the series. Claudia often felt that Mimi was the only one in her family who truly understood and appreciated her, so it's not hard to see how Claudia would feel bereft after this loss. Mimi was also respected by Claudia's friends, so her passing was also hard for us readers to deal with.

  • Angela Kivlehen
    2019-05-09 01:06

    I remember reading this when I was in the third grade. To this day, I haven't forgiven the author for killing off Mimi. She was the nicest character and even I was attached to her since she reminds of my grandmother. I would have been more okay with it if she killed off any other character.

  • Samantha
    2019-05-02 03:13

    Well this was a horrible book to read just a few month after the death of my grandmother.Thanks for wrecking adult-me, BSC.

  • Julie Decker
    2019-05-12 23:19

    When Claudia loses her beloved grandmother--who'd been going downhill for some time now--she feels adrift on a sea of loneliness and loss, and her family isn't really there to help her because they're too busy distracting themselves. She reaches out to Mary Anne for support, and they also try to help one of their sitting charges, an overscheduled child, communicate with a pair of parents about too many lessons, too little family time.The mood of this book is striking compared to some of the others; Claudia's sadness actually leaks into the storytelling and does a great job casting a cloud of grief, like it should. I thought it was smart to have Janine, Claudia's genius older sister, playing a pivotal role in enhancing the emotional ties of the family so they can heal together. It wasn't quite as saccharine as many of the other books, and it did a decent job discussing the carrying through of grief rather than just making everyone happy again.

  • Gabrielle
    2019-05-14 21:00

    I read a couple of books with a strong Japanese/post ww2 theme. Which got me thinking about the only Japanese character I read about as a child - Mimi. So I felt I had to read this again.Anyway I actually cried, just like when I was 10, so I'm still a sentimental fool. Other observations:*Claudia and Mary Anne are the only likeable characters, and Mary Anne is too nice to be interesting*The babysitter notebook is just a way for them to all write passive aggressive things about each other. Especially for Kristy who uses it to full effect when she writes how surprised she is that Claudia and Maryann (sic) will be having an art class the day after Mimi's funeral.*Logan is still a stone cold fox. He only says maybe two things in this book. What a dream man. If I was reading this for the first time I would have thought it a laboured but it got 3 stars for a mix of nostalgia and readability.

  • Meredith
    2019-05-02 01:00

    This book was actually pretty moving. Reading the series from start to finish, it's hard not to notice Mimi declining over the last.... dozen or so books. Upon reading these as an adult, I also am sympathizing quite a bit more with Claudia. When I was a kid, her character seemed really cool and popular. But now, viewing this girl through different eyes, I feel for her struggle in school, her struggle to fit in with her family, and the loss she experiences when Mimi dies. Claudia's reaction actually felt like the genuine emotion of a 13 year old losing her grandmother. I was kind of surprised. I believe Ann M. Martin might have written this particular book, but if not, bravo to the ghostwriter, and I hope he or she found greater success later in life.

  • April
    2019-05-03 21:01

    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 series grows with them! Terrific Author!

  • Jennifer
    2019-05-12 21:05

    It's very obvious what happens in this book. Mimi already had a stroke, and over the last few books, her memory has faded fast. I will say this- if you have a death in the family, and a child old enough to enjoy the series, this could really help you cope. Or even if your child has a friend who loses a loved one. This was sad, but it was pretty well executed. I wish they would have addressed the early signs of depression in Claudia.

  • Edward Creter
    2019-05-06 21:19

    Don't feel too sad 'cos this is the one wherein Claudia's beloved Grandma Mimi dies of old age and dementia. I recommend this one especially 'cos I hope it'll help people deal with loss in a way that cleanses and heals A lot of us have lost loved ones this year so hopefully this BSC adventure will help in the healing process and I don't say that about the BSC often. That's why toda I give the BSC 4 tars as opposed to 3. This is the best one so far.

  • Beth E
    2019-05-10 01:00

    I re-read this for a nostalgic read-along book club, and I was surprised at how well this book held up. It perfectly portrays the feelings of loss and upset you experience when you lose a loved one. It was very realistic. Claudia was not only sad, she also went through stages of feeling angry at her grandmother, first for being so needy, and then for dying. I think probably I appreciate this more now than I did the first time I read it.

  • jacky
    2019-05-22 23:21

    I read about 20-25 of these books. I read them in fifth and sixth grade. I strongly remember wanting to read these because they seemed cool and my older sister read a few of them. I remember that our library had a little display of them and I also bought a lot of them through the book catalogs we got at school. I remember most strongly the set up of the books; each book started explaining the club and describing each of the members. I also strongly remember the covers.

  • Rylee
    2019-05-12 00:53

    This book is sad but good. Claudia looses her grandmother to a stroke. It's really sad for Claudia because she doesn't do so well at school but the rest of her family is really smart. Mimi,Claudia's grandmother, was the only one who under stood her. Claudia also shared 'special tea' with Mimi and she really misses that. This is an awesome book that I highly recommend!!

  • Valerie (He Said Books Or Me)
    2019-05-23 01:20

    These were my favorites, along with the Sweet Valley books in 5th-6th grade. I think my group of friends and I would take turns reading them and discussing. It was like our first book club! I remember writing to Ann M. Martin as a child and she wrote back (or at least someone did for her). It was one of the happiest days of my life. :)

  • Amie
    2019-05-07 03:11

    This book is a great introduction to grief for children. Parents should talk about how Claudia and her family reacted differently to Mimi's death. What was healthy? What wasn't? What should Claudia have done as she felt Mimi's care falling to her.

  • Angelica (The Bookish Angel)
    2019-05-04 01:02

    Oh how I miss this series! I grew up with these girls and looked up to them as older sisters but now I'm older than them! I will be doing a mini review of this soon, together withDawn on the Coastso stay tuned for that!

  • Ciara
    2019-04-26 03:17

    the one in which mimi dies & claudia arranges an art class for a little girl whose parents neglect her. really not much to snark on here, although i'm not saying that i ever especially liked this book.

  • Sarah B
    2019-05-02 23:03

    This book is an excellent story about grief. Claudia's beloved grandmother passes away and Claudia acts in a very realistic way about it.The best thing about the BSC is that most of them stand the test of time and this one is no exception.06-11-2009

  • Bridget
    2019-05-21 23:57

    It was very sad. But, since it was sad i promised myself not to read it again, but then i broke promise because it was still very good.

  • Sara
    2019-04-24 03:10

    What can I say, I'm a sucker for sad things. This wasn't the best in the series, but it was a good tearjerker and I felt just awful for the Kishi family.

  • Sarah Smith
    2019-04-28 23:20

    I loved the series as a kid. I never read them in order because the library didn't have all of them. I think my favs were the Super Specials.

  • Nancy
    2019-04-24 20:06

    In which Mimi dies and I am genuinely sad.