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Melis 11-23-2018 12:29 PM

The Baby-Sitters Club Series #4 - Need A Babysitter? Save time! Call the Babysitter's Club
The Baby-Sitters Club Appreciation Thread

The Baby-sitters Club (BSC) is a series of children's books, written by Ann M. Martin and published by Scholastic between 1986–2000, that sold 176 million copies.

The series is about a group of middle school students living in the fictional town of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. They run a business called the Baby-sitters Club that helps parents find babysitters from the club available for jobs by calling during their club meetings. Meetings take place Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. The club runs financially on dues and fundraising, and the babysitters write diaries of their jobs to help each other. The members of the club are also best friends, although they go through many conflicts throughout the series.

The club starts out with four members (Kristy Thomas, Mary Anne Spier, Claudia Kishi, and Stacey McGill), eventually expanding to ten. All of the main characters are thirteen, with the exception of junior members Mallory Pike and Jessica Ramsey, who are two years younger. When the club was founded (in 1986), the four members were in the seventh grade, but ten books later (1988), they are promoted to the eighth grade. From there, they are frozen in time until the very end of the series (2000), in which they graduate from middle school.

Now, ten years after the final BSC book, they’re back. Martin has written a prequel, The Summer Before, delving into the lives of the original four baby-sitters before the club started. It was released yesterday, and to celebrate, Women in Children’s Media and Scholastic sponsored a special event, “The Baby Sitters are Back.” Attendees were treated to an intimate conversation between Martin and David Levithan, editorial director at Scholastic. He first started working on the BSC with Martin as a 19-year-old intern, and knew stuff about the series that even the most die-hard super fans in attendance didn’t. Levithan told the audience that introducing Martin was “like introducing Sarah Palin at a tea party event,” and it was true. She laughed as he said this, and took her seat to hearty applause. - link to text

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rossfangirl86 11-25-2018 02:53 PM

Thanks for the new thread. :)

Melis 11-25-2018 03:58 PM

No prob

I got some of the graphic novels for my classroom.

rossfangirl86 11-28-2018 04:22 PM

Have the kids been reading them?

Melis 11-28-2018 04:49 PM

The kids love the graphic novels. It's the originals that they won't touch.

GardenSirens 11-29-2018 06:08 AM

which is sad because there's good reading there. And Boxcar Children!

Barrybgb 11-29-2018 09:34 AM

It's the same thing with movies, TV shows or music.

Melis 11-29-2018 04:30 PM

That's true. Kids don't have any appreciation for the classics.

rossfangirl86 12-06-2018 04:13 PM

Any BSC topics to discuss?

Melis 12-06-2018 04:15 PM

I can't think of any right now. It's been too long.

rossfangirl86 12-09-2018 03:51 PM

I put my reread on hold since April (on the 90s board) was a few books behind me. Might pick up with it again after the new year.

Melis 12-09-2018 05:07 PM

I wish I had some time to reread.

rossfangirl86 12-12-2018 04:14 PM

I can finish a book in two days if I don't have a lot of time to read. 1 if I have the whole day.

Melis 12-12-2018 04:51 PM

Yeah, it's rare to have a free day to read.

Melis 12-15-2018 08:59 PM

I didn't know about this.

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