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Ann M Martin Authoring New Prequel to The Baby-Sitters Club Series

Did You Read the Baby-Sitters Club Series?

I sped through all the Baby-Sitters Club books during "silent reading time" in middle school. And my obsession didn't stop there. I even set up my own baby-sitters club with my friends — we collected dues and made a whole list of rules.

I'm positive I was not the only middle-school girl in the '80s and '90s with a wannabe baby-sitters club. And starting in April, a new generation of kids will have a chance to meet Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, and Stacey (and don't forget latecomers Mallory and Jessica!). In April, Scholastic is reissuing the series and releasing a new book — a prequel — titled The Summer Before.

We'll find out what led the original characters to start the club. Author Ann M. Martin thinks youth will still relate, telling the WSJ: "Yes, kids today have iPods, cell phones and all sorts of things that didn’t exist in 1986, but what are the things that are most important to them still? Their families, friendships, issues surrounding school." Still, Scholastic has modified some of the dated references — "an expensive hairstyle" will replace "perm." Move over vampires and werewolves!

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Kellanawida Kellanawida 5 years
Yessss! I still have mine and I constantly hunt around in book exchanges to complete my set. It has been bugging me for years and some of the books are just beyond impossible to find.
stephscott09 stephscott09 5 years
Claudia was my fave!
stephscott09 stephscott09 5 years
Claudia was my fave!
chequettex chequettex 5 years
Oh yeah! I read them all - got them from the library - I would have to bring home like 5 or 6 at a time because I went through them so fast. And when I finished those I would pick up the Little Sister books that my little sister brought home. I loved all the characters, they were all so different. My favorite was usually whoever was narrating the book, so the Super Specials kinda drove me crazy but it was always a fun read. These books made me want to be a babysitter! I took classes and everything, but once I started actually doing it I realized that I didn't really like it that much & wasn't really great babysitting either. Of course it wasn't as fun as the books made it seem... but when I turned 16 I started lifeguarding & teaching swim lessons and that turned out to be a better fit for me. :)
chequettex chequettex 5 years
Oh yeah! I read them all - got them from the library - I would have to bring home like 5 or 6 at a time because I went through them so fast. And when I finished those I would pick up the Little Sister books that my little sister brought home.I loved all the characters, they were all so different. My favorite was usually whoever was narrating the book, so the Super Specials kinda drove me crazy but it was always a fun read.These books made me want to be a babysitter! I took classes and everything, but once I started actually doing it I realized that I didn't really like it that much & wasn't really great babysitting either. Of course it wasn't as fun as the books made it seem... but when I turned 16 I started lifeguarding & teaching swim lessons and that turned out to be a better fit for me. :)
sloane220 sloane220 5 years
i LOVED these books. my favorite was stacy because she was sophisticated and from new york (like me.) i also wish they had featured jessie more and come up with more decent storylines for her. i felt they kind of used her as a token black girl. i also liked tons of different YA series, from sweet valley high, to nancy drew, to fearstreet, to anything by v.c. andrews. there was really nothing i liked to do more then read. i really don't know why they have to update the books though. if i could read "are you there god? it's me margaret." and "member of the wedding" and relate, i think the kids of today could relate to the babysitters club intact. if they don't know what a perm is, it's called google. hell I didn't know what it was until i looked it up, because i grew up in the 90's when perms were largely out of style.
sloane220 sloane220 5 years
i LOVED these books. my favorite was stacy because she was sophisticated and from new york (like me.) i also wish they had featured jessie more and come up with more decent storylines for her. i felt they kind of used her as a token black girl. i also liked tons of different YA series, from sweet valley high, to nancy drew, to fearstreet, to anything by v.c. andrews. there was really nothing i liked to do more then read. i really don't know why they have to update the books though. if i could read "are you there god? it's me margaret." and "member of the wedding" and relate, i think the kids of today could relate to the babysitters club intact. if they don't know what a perm is, it's called google. hell I didn't know what it was until i looked it up, because i grew up in the 90's when perms were largely out of style.
inlove23 inlove23 5 years
I loved them all!! I think Dawn was my favorite? But that was wayyy too long ago! I just recently saw it on tv and I was like Claudia is pretty than that!!! I remember wanting lives like them, especially the one that when back and forth between houses they seemed huge to me! (I used to want 18 sisters, lmao).
weffie weffie 5 years
ew i can't believe i just put an apostrophe on a plural... shoot me!
weffie weffie 5 years
@redcarpetwhore Not to nitpick but the Wakefield's didn't have great tans, their "peaches-and-cream complexions" were mentioned at the start of every friggin book :D
weffie weffie 5 years
@redcarpetwhore Not to nitpick but the Wakefield's didn't have great tans, their "peaches-and-cream complexions" were mentioned at the start of every friggin book :D
Ladyseven Ladyseven 5 years
Oh yeah, read them all- and I totally went through "favorites" phases with Claudia and Stacy.... cool artsy chick and the NYC based babe? I wished I was them when I was 9 and living in the MA suburbs.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Yes, and I loved them! (I also loved the Babysitter's Little Sister books.) Stacey was my favorite, with Claudia as a close second. I liked Dawn and Mary Anne a lot, too. Kristi always kind of annoyed me. The Super Specials and the Mysteries were always my favorites.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 5 years
Yes, and I loved them! (I also loved the Babysitter's Little Sister books.) Stacey was my favorite, with Claudia as a close second. I liked Dawn and Mary Anne a lot, too. Kristi always kind of annoyed me.The Super Specials and the Mysteries were always my favorites.
SpartanGirl SpartanGirl 5 years
Sweet Valley was by far superior to the BSC. I have nothing but love for the Wakefield twins with their blond hair, Fiat, and great tans all year round. :-)
danakscully64 danakscully64 5 years
We had the books because of my older sisters, but I never read them. I took possession of them for many years, but I don't remember actually reading them. I did see the show a few times, remember clips from it.
qtpie qtpie 5 years
omg i was so obsessed! i think read nearly each one of the books and bought heaps of the books and memorabilia too. i even set up my own babysitters club and wrote fan mail to Ann M Martin. lol i still remember being so excited when she wrote back.
limelindsey limelindsey 5 years
I loved these books! Dawn and Mary Ann were my favorites, I loved Dawn's house (remember the secret passageway?). Oh good times.
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