Okay, so - Reading these books this weekend has made me really glad I'm not one of those creepy adults who donates all of their spare time to documenting the life of Stoneybrookites.Seriously.I'm not going to name names, or link links, but there's some weird ish out there, put out by grown ups that still read these books EVERY DAY.I was only around for about the first 4 years of the BSC, so this book came out long after I'd abandoned such childish things for PKD and Heinlein and stuff. [sigh] I remember looking down my nose at a grown woman that used to come into our local library (where I was a volunteer) every week and only check out these books for herself.But that really has nothing to do with this book.The secondary plot is about the girls starting a Hospital Buddies group after one of their charges (Jackie Radowsky, the Walking Disaster) rides his bike into a tree on his way to apologize to Kristy for being such a little shit while she was babysitting him. Because he was not wearing a helmet, this child was able to ride his bike into a tree with enough force to land him in the hospital FOR DAYS. Look. I'm pretty much the biggest klutz there ever was, and I've hit plenty of trees with my bike. The worst I ever had was a scraped knee. This whole bandaged head thing didn't work for me. Would I have bought it if I'd been 8 when this book came out?No. No, I don't think I would have.The primary plot revolves around Claudia (obvs, that's her name in the title, right?), she's having a super rough time with 8th grade math. Not only math, but EVERYTHING ELSE. She's so bad, in fact, that one month into the 8th grade (for what I'm pretty sure is the 20th time, by this point), it's decided for her that she will be bumped back into 7th. Do they do this? I really don't think that they do. Holding kids back? Yes, I totally see this. But passing them and then saying "wait, no, sorry - we totally made a mistake, BACK TO THE SEVENTH GRADE WITH YOU!" No way. Blergh.